Staff Openings

Reporter, Ohio Capital Journal

Join the Ohio Capital Journal and give readers hard-hitting government coverage that connects state policy to Ohioans' lives.

The Ohio Capital Journal is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization in its fourth year of covering state government, politics and policy. It is staffed by veteran Ohio reporters and is dedicated to its mission of relentless investigative journalism that sheds light on how decisions in Columbus are made and their impact on individuals across the Buckeye State.

Part of States Newsroom, OCJ believes in enlisting and empowering journalists to do impactful, ambitious work.

We are seeking a reporter, based in Columbus, who will thrive in a collaborative culture, possess great news judgment, and demonstrate the ability to develop a beat to create compelling, engaging journalism.

The ideal candidate will know how to track trending topics and hold officials accountable through deep source building and public records requests. The reporting will take readers beyond press releases, providing a deeper understanding of the issues.

Job Responsibilities

  • Produce regular, high-quality reporting on Ohio government and officials
  • Contribute regularly to outlet’s briefs section
  • Generate story ideas with the editor
  • Pursue story leads, both self-generated and as assigned, with self-direction and solid news judgment
  • Approach assignments on deadline with strong communication and follow through with the editor and colleagues
  • Collaborate with other reporters on projects and to share research and pertinent knowledge when/if available
  • Establish and expand digital media presence representing the outlet
  • Use personal social media to amplify the site’s content, presence and voice
  • Take photos and video to illustrate and amplify stories

Qualifications

We’re looking for candidates with at least three years previous news reporting and/or editing experience (student journalism counts), sound news judgment, flexibility, and the ability to manage ongoing and short-term projects with strong attention to detail and accuracy. Knowledge of Ohio’s political landscape and leaders and an entrepreneurial spirit are strong assets.

States Newsroom journalists are expected to produce at least 4 posts per week. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Authorization to work in the United States is required. All States Newsroom employees are required to be fully vaccinated within 30 days of hire.

The minimum salary for this position is $50,000 and rises depending on experience. Relocation stipend will be considered. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • Premium-free platinum healthcare for employees and their families (i.e., nothing comes out of your paycheck!)
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • 2 weeks of personal leave per year
  • 20 hours of paid volunteer time per year
  • 7 holidays and 4 floating holidays
  • $75 monthly cell phone reimbursement
  • $200 cell phone replacement benefit every two years
  • $75 monthly fitness benefit
  • 401K with up to 3% match
  • 12 weeks of parental leave
  • Full-service EAP
  • Annual DeleteMe subscription

About our Culture

States Newsroom is dedicated to producing journalism at all levels — from quick hit to investigative — but not at the expense of burning out its employees. We are supportive, exciting, welcoming and positive. We believe in creating sustainable careers for journalists on the crucial state government beat.

States Newsroom’s mission is to connect people to the power that shapes their daily lives through relentless reporting and incisive commentary on state government and policy. Journalism is a powerful force for social change, uniquely suited to challenging systemic inequality and racism. Our goal is to build an organization that fulfills that mission.

At States Newsroom, we believe we strengthen our work and improve our insights when we incorporate the perspectives of people who come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences. We are committed to diversity and prioritize equity in all recruiting and hiring. We are always working to better represent our communities and are supported in these efforts by a network-wide Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice committee.

To apply, send resume, references and samples of published work to jobs-at-statesnewsroom.com.

At States Newsroom, we believe we strengthen our work and improve our insights when we incorporate the perspectives of people who come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences. We are committed to diversity and prioritize equity in all recruiting and hiring. Read our full DEIJ statement for more information.