VTDigger is a nationally recognized, born-digital nonprofit news organization. We are known for our award-winning investigative reporting and in-depth daily coverage of local and state news. Our mission is to produce rigorous journalism that explains complex issues, holds the government accountable to the public and engages Vermonters in the democratic process.
At a time when the commercial local news industry is failing, VTDigger is one of a handful of nonprofit news organizations that has developed a model of sustainable funding for local journalism. The organization has grown quickly in just a decade, becoming the go-to source of news for the state of Vermont — with an average of 700,00 unique readers a month and 26 employees. For more about how VTDigger has become the largest news operation in Vermont, click here.
Are you interested in writing big stories about the smallest economy in the U.S.? Do you know how to spot a compelling business story and make it sing? Are you excited about digging through documents and holding CEOs and public officials accountable? Can you identify, analyze and explain economic trends to readers without putting them to sleep? Are you prepared to watchdog government entities charged with promoting and regulating business?
If so, this is the job for you.
At VTDigger, you’ll have the opportunity to cover Vermont’s eclectic economy, including its tech, manufacturing, tourism, agricultural, nonprofit and services industries. You’ll write about wealth, poverty and the shrinking middle class. You’ll cover the state’s demographic changes and what they mean for employers, employees, the government, taxpayers and the communities driving these shifts. And, at least for the foreseeable future, you’ll document whether and how businesses and workers recover from the Covid pandemic.
In short, you’ll follow the money around the Green Mountain State.
This role is a fit if you …
Seek out scoops and embrace enterprise reporting.
Are committed to building relationships with diverse communities and know how to build a representative source list.
Can work independently but are an enthusiastic collaborator.
Are as comfortable writing a news brief as a magazine-length investigation.
Strive for accuracy and truth in reporting.
Are a skilled writer and storyteller.
Have a working knowledge of data reporting and enthusiasm for finding stories buried within reports.
Can relate business developments to the overall health of the state.
Are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion — throughout your work and as it relates to your beat.
Enjoy engaging with readers and responding to their tips.
Can spot trends and understand how they will play out.
Can explain complicated issues clearly and simply.
Can see the big picture in ways that perhaps government and business do not.
Writing 3-4 compelling stories a week.
Pitching ideas that result in ground-breaking stories.
Working collaboratively with editors and fellow reporters.
Cultivating diverse and representative sources.
Working with the editing team to ensure stories are accurate and fair.
Meeting deadlines set by you and your supervising editor.
Placing public records requests as needed.
Effectively and professionally communicating verbally and in writing with colleagues, sources and readers.
Listening intently to others and valuing others' opinions.
Communicating openly and promptly sharing information and ideas with others throughout the organization.
Location: Montpelier, Vermont
Start date: May/June 2021
Compensation: Highly competitive
We are working remotely during the Covid pandemic, but our offices are based in the state capital of Montpelier, a charming New England town located in Central Vermont near world-class alpine and nordic ski areas, extensive biking and hiking trails, lakes and rivers. The region has excellent schools, several local bookstores, and coffee and pastry shops.
How to apply: Please upload a resume and up to three samples of your work, and answer a series of questions using this form. We use resumes primarily as a summary and will focus our attention on responses to our questions. The deadline is May 16, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Please note: We recognize there are great candidates who may not fit the description above or who have important skills and experiences we haven’t thought of. If that sounds like you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us more about yourself. VTDigger is committed to constantly improving our organization, in part by better reflecting the communities we serve. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive workplace for all people. We especially encourage members of communities that are traditionally underrepresented — and misrepresented — in media to apply to join our team, including Black, Indigenous and people of color; women; LGBTQIA people, and differently abled people.
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