Enterprise Reporter

The Better Government Association is seeking an Enterprise Reporter focused on state or city government, developing quick-turn investigative and analysis pieces that break news about the performance and failings of Chicago and Illinois government. This is not a spot news role; instead, the enterprise reporter will focus on developing sources who can help us document hidden agendas and inequitable or unexpected outcomes of government actions, stay ahead of corruption investigations and expose conflicts of interest, waste, fraud and abuse.

Reports to the director of investigations

About the Role

As an enterprise reporter for the BGA, key responsibilities will include:

  • Respond to major news developments in focus area with an investigative intent, developing exclusive and compelling findings that drive public discussion and may lead to reform or change
  • Use deep sourcing, documents and data analysis to uncover revelatory details that contribute toward compelling and consequential story lines
  • Publish stories with urgency and efficiency and follow up with energy and tenacity
  • Contribute to production of interactive and graphic elements
  • Collaborate with colleagues and media partners with mutual respect and an eye toward professional development
  • Promote BGA journalism through social media and audience engagement

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent life experience
  • Demonstrated success in investigative or enterprise reporting, exposing corruption or systemic problems in government
  • Knowledge and keen interest in state and local government and politics
  • Excellent writing skills and commitment to accuracy and detail
  • A proven track record of collaborative work
  • Demonstrated proficiency with data analysis and multimedia storytelling
  • Strong communication and organizational skills

There will be candidates who don’t have all these qualifications or possess relevant skills we haven’t listed. If that’s you, we’d like to hear from you. Please apply and tell us why you’d make a great contribution to the BGA.

About the BGA

The BGA produces in-depth investigations focused on the failures of government, with an emphasis on equity, integrity and accountability. Founded in 1923, the BGA currently has an eight-person investigative team, including Pulitzer winners. The BGA also has teams focused on policy, audience engagement and development. The BGA’s policy team — which operates independently of the newsroom — advocates and litigates in pursuit of transparent and accountable government. Success in fundraising is fueling a major expansion.

In the past few years, the investigative team has revealed:

This work has won dozens of national and local awards. Our “Failures Before the Fires” series, reported with the Chicago Tribune, is a national finalist in the Online News Association awards, for excellence in collaboration and partnerships. We still want to do better, and the person who steps into this role will help advance that goal and the BGA’s mission.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary for this full-time position starts at $55,000, and may be negotiable for candidates with exceptional experience and qualifications. Position also includes medical, dental, and vision insurance; a comprehensive paid time off package; and a 401(k) with an employer match.

How to Apply

Submit your cover letter, resume and not more than six writing samples to jobs@bettergov.org. We will begin reviewing submissions immediately and we will consider applicants while the posting remains on our website.

Questions? Email us at jobs@bettergov.org. Please do not reach out to check on the status of your application before we have contacted you. We will respond to candidates in a timely manner.

We encourage reporters from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, 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 that you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.