Pennsylvania Statehouse Political News Reporter

Steinman Communications   Lancaster, PA   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on July 25, 2022
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Job description

LNP Media Group is seeking a fearless and experienced journalist for its award-winning investigative newspaper The Caucus, which covers policy and politics in Pennsylvania's capital. The reporter will based in The Caucus' Harrisburg bureau and work with two other veteran journalists to produce both dailies and long-form investigative deep dives. The team's work is also published in LNP, the second-largest daily newspaper in the state, and the parent company's flagship news website, LancasterOnline. Journalists with LNP Media Group work in a hybrid capacity, working remotely and coming to office for team meetings as needed.

Position Summary

The statehouse reporter, working at the direction of the Harrisburg bureau chief for The Caucus and LNP LancasterOnline, covers policy and politics in both houses of Pennsylvania’s bicameral Legislature, the state’s many departments, agencies, boards and commissions, as well as the governor’s office. The statehouse reporter provides a mix of daily, short-term and long-term investigative stories for the twice-monthly Caucus newspaper and LNP LancasterOnline, which are published by parent company LNP Media Group.

The statehouse reporter collaborates with other members of the Harrisburg Bureau and with reporters and editors in the Lancaster newsroom on story ideas and group reporting projects. The statehouse reporter also helps LNP LancasterOnline cover legislative and congressional races in Lancaster County and occasionally contributes other political reporting on the county level, including political party endorsements, primary and general election campaigns, campaign finance, election activities and Election Day coverage.

Reporters for LNP Media Group exercise strong news judgment and news-gathering capabilities to provide up-to-the-minute information across the company’s digital platforms and insightful, contextual and analytical journalism for The Caucus and LNP LancasterOnline. Reporters are expected to develop authoritative sources in the community, collaborate with other Caucus, LNP and LancasterOnline journalists and identify stories that are compelling to this community news organization’s audience. Reporters are also expected to meet the demands of a growing digital audience by routinely using social media, shooting photographs and video, and understanding how to post their work using a content-management system.

Reporting

· Organizes materials, determines focus and writes stories according to prescribed editorial style and format standards, both for the newspaper and online.

· Makes use of all available tools to generate accurate, timely and compelling content and may be required to do so with a digital-first mentality, with attention to both detail and deadlines.

· Builds expertise in a particular beat through research, experience and growing a network of relevant contacts in the community.

· Regularly curates and aggregates content from other sources and presents them to our audience with additional commentary or explanation.

Digital & social media

· Tracks metrics and conversations on the materials they’ve created to optimize results and shape future work toward that audience.

· Strives to keep our organization at the leading edge of online, mobile and social-network use and innovation.

· Actively builds a social media presence, which includes not just posting content, but also engaging with our audience.

· Thinks visually as well as verbally: Takes photos and shoots/edits video to accompany stories as needed.

· Takes responsibility for his or her own content, in terms of posting it online and subsequently being an aggressive marketer of that content across all relevant platforms.

· In addition to the essential functions listed above, the employee is expected to exercise honesty, integrity and respect with all clients and co-workers, preserve confidentially of all business information and data, maintain a professional appearance and demeanor, demonstrate a positive attitude, communicate effectively with co-workers and clients, work with accuracy, efficiency, and attention to detail, respect the work environment and keep it as environmentally friendly as possible, and exercise initiative to learn new skills and tasks and to help co-workers when possible. Reliable attendance and punctuality are also required. The employee is also expected to perform other related duties, special projects and functions as required from time to time.

Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, mass communications or related field is required, with a proven knowledge and experience working with current media creation tools and contemporary newsroom systems, producing digital and print content, preferred.

· May be required to meet AP writing style, depending on the publication.

· Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure.

· Must be able to work nights and weekends as necessary.

· Team player who enjoys a fast-paced work environment.

· Wishes to work in a business environment in which every employee seeks to be great every day.

Job Type: Full-time