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States Newsroom seeks a senior reporter, Michigan Advance

September 19, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Based in Lansing, this experienced reporter will thrive in a collaborative culture, possess great news judgment and demonstrate the ability to develop a beat to create compelling, engaging journalism. The senior reporter will cover the Legislature, state agencies and statewide elections. Possible beats include the economy, civil rights, education and health care. The senior reporter will produce daily and enterprise stories, take photos and share content on social media. The senior reporter will also help mentor reporters on staff and assist the Editor in making decisions regarding the outlet’s coverage.

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.


  • Produce regular, high-quality reporting on Michigan government and officials
  • Contribute regularly to the Advance’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
  • Assist the Editor in directing and supporting newer reporters
  • Approach assignments on deadline with strong communication and follow through with the Editor and colleagues
  • Collaborate with other reporters on projects and 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
  • Write the daily newsletter
  • Fill in for the Editor when she’s out by assigning, editing and publishing stories


  • We’re looking for candidates with at least five years previous news reporting and/or editing experience
  • Has sound news judgment & flexibility
  • The ability to manage ongoing and short-term projects with strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • States Newsroom journalists are expected to produce at least four posts per week.

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 $65,000 and rises with experience. Relocation stipend will be considered.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and at least three links or clips to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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