Accountability Reporter

Are you looking to take the next step in your journalism career? Ready to move on from the daily grind of writing multiple stories a day or week? 
 
The BGA is looking for an accountability reporter that will focus on accountability and exploratory journalism.  The reporter, focused on timely issues, would produce one story a week that either provides context or insights into how government is working or look into fact-checking local and state politicians and officials as needed. This reporter would also then develop and execute long-term and enterprise and investigative work. 
 
A 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner, the Better Government Association’s mission is to achieve transparency, equity and accountability in government — for everyone. For almost 100 years, the BGA has vigorously pursued its mission by producing investigative journalism, advocating for good-government reform, litigating to defend public access to information, and mobilizing the public to achieve change. We are looking for a veteran journalist to serve as its first in-depth solutions reporter, as part of the Illinois Solutions Partnership, an ambitious collaboration between the BGA and Robert R. McCormick Foundation.   
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
Produce one story a week on government issues or look into fact-checking local and state politicians and officials
Develop and execute long-term and enterprise and investigative work
 
REQUIREMENTS

  • Prior reporting experience with demonstrated impact preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism
  • Strong knowledge of Chicago and/or Illinois government and politics 
  • Ability to produce one story a week and also work on longer term, high-impact projects
  • Excellent communication and time-management skills
  • Ability to produce accurate and detailed content in a competitive environment
  • Self-starter capable of working at a fast pace, independently and as part of a team

 
BENEFITS
The position also includes medical, dental, and vision insurance; a comprehensive paid time off package; and 401(k). 
 
HOW TO APPLY
Submit your cover letter, writing samples and resume to jobs@bettergov.org. We will begin reviewing submissions immediately and we will consider applicants while the posting remains on our website.  

We encourage applicants from traditionally underrepresented communities, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities. The Better Government Association is an equal opportunity employer. We’re committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness for all employees. We welcome the unique contributions you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
 

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