City Bureau is seeking a Civic Reporter to report on local government as part of our Chicago-based Documenters.org network.

You should consider applying if:

  • You are committed to producing local news and information that promotes civic engagement

  • You have a passion for researching documents and getting answers to some of the most pressing questions facing local communities

  • You are not satisfied with the status quo in local media today and are ready to do something about it

City Bureau’s Documenters team trains and pays Chicagoans to document dozens of local government meetings each month via notes, live-tweeting and other digital formats. City Bureau’s Documenters.org web app collects and displays this documentation, along with minutes, agendas, transcripts and other official records from local government agencies, including the times, dates and locations of public meetings in Chicago and Detroit.

Chicago’s Civic Reporter will curate information from our document database, report on issues related to local government and produce editorial content published via Documenters.org, City Bureau and its partner organizations. The Civic Reporter will work from City Bureau’s newsroom on Chicago’s South Side, reporting to City Bureau’s news lab director and editorial director in coordination with Documenters program staff.

Some specific responsibilities include:

  • Original reporting on local government

  • Research into official governmental records

  • Curation of documentation and Documenters content

  • Creation of social media content based on original reporting and Documenters.org content

  • Regular communication with Documenters staff and partner organizations

Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have experience creating journalistic content, preferably text-based and/or multimedia

  • Be organized, precise, and detail-oriented

  • Be a fast and clear communicator

  • Enjoy challenges and learn quickly

  • Have excellent time-management skills

We also expect applicants will have several but not all of the following:

  • Experience or a strong interest in Chicago’s local government

  • Experience working in a newsroom 

  • Sharp research and curatorial skills

  • A comprehensive understanding of Chicago’s civic ecosystem

  • Relationships and experience in Chicago’s neighborhoods 

  • Daily news consumption habits

  • A strong desire to do local news differently

Schedule

This is a part-time position starting in the summer of 2019 and ending December 31, 2019 with a strong possibility of growth into a full-time position. The Civic Reporter will work an average of 20 hours per week. Hours for this position can be worked remotely with the exception of weekly editorial meetings. 

Compensation 

$25,000/year

Timeline

Selected applicants will be interviewed via phone by City Bureau staff and finalists will be invited to participated in an in-person interview. The application will remain open until a candidate is selected.