Staff Openings

Report for America Reporter, Minnesota Reformer

Join the Minnesota Reformer and help Minnesotans understand the state policy that affects their economic mobility.

The Minnesota Reformer is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization covering state politics and policy. Part of States Newsroom, the Reformer is ferreting out corruption and watching out for corporate influence in government decision making. We’re telling stories of people often left out of the usual media narratives and getting policymakers focused on the most important problems and how to fix them.

Minnesota has created a top-notch quality of life, including plentiful high-paying jobs, good schools and health care, parks and cultural offerings. But a broad swath of Minnesotans have been excluded from that prosperity. Based in St. Paul, the Reformer is seeking a Report for America corps member to examine the forces of income inequality holding back so many Minnesotans — and the policies we need to fix it. The beat requires some fluency with politics and policy. More important: The desire and ability to meet the people who are being left behind and tell their stories.

RFA is a two-year program, with an optional third year. Each service year begins on July 10 and runs through July 9. We currently have 300 reporters and photographers in 200 newsrooms serving communities across the country. We are seeking talented, service-minded journalists and photographers to join our reporting corps. Read RFA’s FAQs to make sure you are a good fit for the program. Applicants should have a minimum of 1-3 years of local news experience. Recent graduates may apply if they’ve had local newsroom internships or journalism leadership experience in college.

States Newsroom and Report for America are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Produce regular, high-quality reporting on inequality issues in Minnesota
  • Contribute regularly to outlet’s briefs section
  • Generate story ideas with the editor in chief
  • 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 and use personal social media to amplify the site’s content, presence and voice
  • Take photos and video to illustrate and amplify stories

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $55,000. 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

To apply, complete the corps member application. The deadline to apply is January 30, 2023. Should you become a finalist and be slated for one or more newsroom interviews by our selection team, your application will be shared with those newsrooms.

Important Note: Please be sure to alert your two references that they will receive an email from Submittable, our application platform, with the recommendation form. At the prompt in the application, we strongly recommend you send this form right away even before completing your application. Your application will not advance if we don’t receive your two references by February 6, 2023 – the reference deadline.

ABOUT OUR CULTURE

States Newsroom is dedicated to producing journalism at all levels — from quick hit to investigative — but we also aim to be 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.

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.