Grow PA Contributing Reporter (Independent Contractor)
PostedApr. 20, 2017
LocationWestern or Central Pa.
Technical.ly, the local tech news network published by Technically Media, is contracting a Contributing Reporter for Grow PA, a new project that seeks to uncover what’s working for Pennsylvania economies.
This is a two-month trial contract that will be awarded to a reporter in Western or Central Pennsylvania, with an opportunity for a contract extension. The contract pays between $750 and $1,000 per month, depending on experience. The Grow PA Contributing reporter will file one feature per week and will work closely with the Grow PA project editor based in Philadelphia. Additional freelance contributions will be accepted.
Grow PA is a pilot reporting project, underwritten in part by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, with a goal to highlight successes and strategy for economic growth in key sectors (infrastructure, health, universities) in Pennsylvania. Reporting will be done independently and without oversight outside of Technical.ly.
At Technically Media, we believe that journalism is a necessary act for strengthening any community. Our mission is to use editorial to grow an audience of business leaders, entrepreneurs, funders and policymakers and bring them to action. Technical.ly’s Grow PA reporting will be carried out in the spirit of that mission.
This pilot project will start on or about Monday, May 15 and run to Friday, July 14, with the possibility of contract extension through November. Meant to reflect a cross-section of the Commonwealth, this pilot will focus on four specific county-regions of Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, the Laurel Highlands, a portion of Central Pennsylvania and suburban Philadelphia.
This is a solutions journalism-style project: We’ll be seeking specific successes to replicate or lessons to share across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and beyond. The Grow PA reporter will file stories on how towns, cities and counties in their region are boosting population, income and job growth:
- Specific local economic development policies that are boosting attraction, retention and business creation (think taxes, workforce development programs, grant opportunities).
- How local trade associations are boosting the economic impacts of healthcare, post-secondary education and infrastructure.
- Emerging technologies in those key industries and how they’re accelerating business development.
- File one feature story per week, or four to five a month, with the help of the Grow PA project editor.
- Many stories may require on-site reporting in a given region of the Commonwealth, though phone and email followups are appropriate for additional sourcing.
- Mine for leads by engaging with community leaders and stakeholders. Though initial sources will be supported, this reporter will pursue additional stories and contacts that reflect early successes in economic growth.
- Secure photos/additional media and write your own headlines, deks and photo captions for each story with the project editor.
- Communicate with the Grow PA editor to coordinate coverage.
This position is great for someone who has journalism experience and is seeking something experimental to develop their reporting chops. Likely, this is for an existing freelance reporter who is excited by a meaningful reporting project aimed at supporting local economies with new best practices. Bonus points for being excited by local news. Double bonus points for familiarity with economic policies and business leaders in Pennsylvania.
Candidates should likely possess the following qualifications:
- One to three years of reporting experience
- The instinct of a connector and a thirst for knowing the ins and outs of a community. In other words: A good reporter
- Exceptional communication skills. We’ll largely be working together ~digitally~
- Adherence to AP style and a firm understanding of grammatical and syntax standards
- Knowledge of and interest in local Pennsylvania economies
Interested? Send your résumé to Tony Abraham at email@example.com. Your email should include an argument for why you’re the best candidate for the project (we’ll take even just a few short, effective sentences), your location and a couple of links to your best work. Sharing your favorite GIF wouldn’t hurt. Attaching a cover letter will.
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