Job Openings at The Maine Monitor

Government Accountability Reporter

The Maine Monitor is seeking an ambitious reporter to cover government accountability issues as part of our award-winning, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization. You will be responsible for producing accurate, nuanced stories on government issues, including at the state, county and local levels, that inform and inspire readers to improve their communities and the state of Maine. 

The work requires organization, attention to detail and forward-thinking but rewards flexibility and creativity. It requires someone who has excellent editorial judgment, meets deadlines and can develop and maintain a network of sources. You should be able to juggle weekly stories and longer-range enterprise and investigative work, be comfortable with filing public records requests and be able to explain the broader context — the story behind the story — to readers. 

The Maine Monitor is a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news operation that publishes enterprise and investigative stories for distribution throughout Maine. We focus on coverage of the environment, public health, state government and rural “news deserts” around the state. We are a collaborative newsroom and value people with a willingness to teach, learn and experiment.

Specifically, you will be responsible for:

Reporting several stories a month, including shorter pieces and longer investigative work, in consultation with Monitor editors

Cultivating expertise in local government policy and issues, developing sources and maintaining a beat

Pitching stories and taking assignments as needed

Producing clear, concise stories that make complicated issues accessible to a wider audience

Upholding the highest standards of journalism ethics and accuracies

Working with Monitor staff on audience engagement strategies pegged to specific stories, including public appearances, social media posts, radio interviews and tv interviews, including exploring the potential for subject specific newsletters for Monitor readers

Filing public records requests, as needed

Occasionally taking photographs or developing graphics to accompany your stories

Taking advantage of professional development opportunities as they arise

Qualifications:

The ability to see beyond a problem and explain the implications and solutions

The ability to juggle weekly stories and longer-range enterprise and investigative articles

Experience and comfort with successfully filing public records requests and working with data

You should be a strong networker, communicator, and writer

You should be motivated and willing to learn and explore issues across the entire state of Maine

You should be be able to take photographs and be adept at using social media, where necessary

You should hold a degree in journalism or a similar research-based field from a four-year college or have two years of journalism experience

You should have a valid driver’s license and reliable source of transportation

Location:

Remote, Maine-based. 

Hours:

40 hours per week.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary: Between $43,000 – $48,000 per year, depending on experience, plus a comprehensive benefits package, which includes a healthcare stipend, travel reimbursement, cell phone stipend, optional IRA match, and short-term disability coverage.

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to contact@themainemonitor.org no later than Feb. 20, 2024. The cover letter should include how your interests and values align with The Maine Monitor and how your background and skills make you a strong candidate for the position.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting/The Maine Monitor is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, marital or parental status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit and will not tolerate any such discrimination or harassment.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting and The Maine Monitor serve all of Maine and the diverse communities across Maine. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive board and staff that reflects the society we report on. We are committed to fostering a workplace in which our employees can grow, express themselves, and contribute to the mission and future of our organization.

Learn more about the mission, values and strategic goals of The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting and The Maine Monitor.

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