The River Newsroom is looking for writers

March 2, 2022

Posted by Margarita Sanabria

The River Newsroom is seeking a contributing reporter to cover housing in the Hudson Valley. This is a part-time position starting out at 1-3 articles per month, with room to grow in the future.


The River Newsroom is an independent, digital-first newsmagazine that seeks to provide a regional lens on issues of national importance by producing in-depth, quality journalism and analysis for the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions. We are published by Chronogram Media. Our reporting has influenced policy, been referenced in legislature and council hearings, and been cited by local and state-level publications.


The ideal candidate would share the enthusiasm we bring to local reporting and investigative journalism, and would be excited to help build and shape The River. The position can be remote, but the ideal candidate should be based in the communities they cover. We are committed to building an inclusive workspace, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color who are excited about contributing to our mission.

You will be expected to:

  • Generate original ideas for 1-3 stories per month on this beat. That can include hard-hitting investigations, explainer pieces about new policies and initiatives, and quicker news scoops.
  • Work with editors from pitch or commission to publication, often including multiple rounds of edits.
  • Promote your pieces through social media and other available channels.
  • Build relationships with sources beyond the scope of an individual article. Ideally the writer on this beat would build long-term expertise on these issues.


The ideal candidate would have:

  • Excitement about journalism that exposes wrongdoing, highlights solutions, and upholds accountability.
  • Demonstrated aptitude reporting in-depth stories.
  • An ability to uncover information and spot creative story angles.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively and build strong working relationships with editors.
  • Familiarity with the issues the beat would cover.
  • Familiarity with the Hudson Valley media landscape.


Make sure to put “APPLICATION” in the subject line. In the cover letter, please explain why you want to work with The River, how you could help improve our journalism on this beat, and what values and strategies are part of your reporting process.

Be sure to include a resume, cover letter, and clips.


  • $300-$700 per article, depending on scope and length. The rate for each article will be determined at assignment. This is a part-time freelance position to start


For more information, visit their website.

Please email all questions and submissions to



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