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There are four positions listed on this page:

  • Economic Development Reporter
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Audience Specialist
  • Investigative Research Fellow (currently open only to Columbia University journalism students)

Economic Development Reporter
Hiring Profile

The Connecticut Mirror (CT Mirror) is a nonprofit, local journalism success story with huge momentum and ambitious growth goals.

We are hiring our first-ever Economic Development Reporter to report on the performance of the state and regional economies, economic development trends, economic or industry cluster formation and performance, components of a strong economy (e.g., transportation, infrastructure, business climate), impact of state funding strategies related to business attraction and retention, accountability for business use of state investments, constraints for and opportunities in advancing economic development, small business formation, and equity.

This position is distinct from a Business Reporter position in that it does not report on quarterly earnings / financial performance, new products, C-suite personnel moves, or small increases or reductions in jobs or capacity.

We’re interested in candidates who have:

  • A background or strong interest in economics and / or finance;
  • A passion for great journalism that covers policy, government and politics;
  • Interest in reporting and publishing a combination of long-form enterprise and daily incremental stories;
  • The flexibility to tell stories in innovative, compelling ways across multiple platforms and in a way that engages audiences through a variety of formats and tools including virtual and live events, podcasts, video, and static and interactive data visualization;
  • The ability to translate complex policy into readable and relevant narrative copy;
  • A talent for connecting government or system failures to human consequences;
  • The ability to work well both independently and collaboratively with other CT Mirror staff and other news organizations;
  • Passion for CT Mirror’s public policy mission and nonprofit ethos.

CT Mirror is a nonprofit, non-partisan, online news organization covering public policy, government and politics in Connecticut. In our first 10 years, we became the most trusted source for news about public policy in the state. Our goals include:

  • Expanding the breadth of our reporting in 2021 by adding an Investigative unit, expanding our economic development reporting, establishing a greater presence in Fairfield County and increasing our investment in multi-platform distribution of our content.
  • Diversifying our staff and sourcing to better reflect the population of Connecticut.
  • Providing more opportunities for young, aspiring journalists.
  • Other goals that we can’t imagine yet but that will be necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing media landscape!

Here’s our commitment to the candidate whom we hire:

  • A competitive salary designed to attract a strong reporters with a passion for local journalism.
  • Medical and dental benefits, generous paid-time-off policy and a basic 403b retirement savings program.
  • Professional development and the opportunity to learn from peers at industry conferences.
  • Transparent internal review and feedback process.
  • Cell phone stipend.
  • New PC or refurbished MAC.
  • You’ll work hard because we’re serious about our mission, but you’ll laugh plenty along the way because we can’t always be serious!
  • We embrace the American Press Institute’s Guiding Principles for Nonprofit Newsrooms.

CT Mirror is committed to building an inclusive organization that represents the people and communities we serve.  We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our hiring, procurement, volunteer recruitment, or other activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, board, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and readers.

The Economic Development Reporter position reports to Managing Editor Stephen Busemeyer and would ideally start by July 1, but no later than September 7.

Please apply by Friday, May 7 USING THIS FORM.  Questions? Contact Managing Editor Stephen Busemeyer via EMAIL.  No phone calls please.

Investigative Reporter
Hiring Profile

The Connecticut Mirror (www.CTMirror.org) is an established, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit digital news organization, whose mission is to produce original, in-depth, nonpartisan journalism that informs Connecticut residents about the impact of public policy, holds government accountable, and amplifies diverse voices and perspectives.

We have an immediate opening for an Investigative Reporter who will hold government and government-funded systems accountable by exposing failed practices, unmet needs, gross misrepresentations, and corruption.

The successful applicant will have at least seven years newsroom experience and a track record of reporting ambitious stories that create change. The successful candidate should be able to show examples of work that demonstrate strong interviewing and writing skills, the ability to translate complex policy into readable and relevant copy, a talent for connecting government or system failures to human consequences, and strong data analysis when applicable. Innovation, collaboration, and a hunger for truth are critical.

We’re looking for a reporter who:

  • Can find untold stories in data sets, documents, and sources;
  • Has experience developing story ideas that lead to investigations with the potential to positively impact and improve lives;
  • Has experience documenting and fact checking work;
  • Demonstrates a talent for narrative writing;
  • Has experience using open records laws to obtain records and data;
  • Is eager to tell stories in innovative, compelling ways across platforms and in a way that engages audiences;
  • Works well both independently and collaboratively with other CT Mirror staff and other news organizations;
  • Embraces CT Mirror’s public policy mission as the focus of investigative reporting.

The Investigative Reporter will report to Executive Editor Elizabeth Hamilton. The position will be based in our Hartford, CT newsroom.  This job is a two-year position, with an expectation that it will become permanent.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance and a 403(b) deferred retirement savings plan.

CT Mirror is committed to building an inclusive organization that represents the people and communities we serve.  We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our hiring, procurement, volunteer recruitment, or other activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, board, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and readers.

Please apply, including submitting your resume and three to five writing samples, using this form, by Friday May 7.  Questions? Contact Elizabeth Hamilton.  No phone calls please.

Audience Specialist
Hiring Profile

The Connecticut Mirror (CT Mirror) is a local journalism success story with huge momentum and ambitious growth goals.

We have an immediate opening for an Audience Specialist who will use a variety of strategies to understand, grow, and engage our audience.  The role is part analyst, part strategist, part doer, and part coach.  There are five key areas of responsibility:

  • Analytics (25%)
    • Planning
      • Working with the executive leadership and business and membership teams, the audience strategist assists with overall goal-setting for the organization, including the internal and external KPIs for traffic, loyalty, and membership.
      • Assists the managing editor in creating an editorial plan to achieve internal and external KPIs.
    • Ongoing:
      • Responsible for evaluating and reporting internal editorial KPIs.
      • Writes a traffic report each week for the newsroom. It covers KPI progress, highlights newsroom wins, and advertises opportunities to leverage SEO, social media, newsletters, and other distribution points.
      • Leads a weekly traffic meeting with news and business staff to report progress, or lack thereof, and to discuss strategic adjustments.
  • SEO (20%)
    • Planning
      • Responsible for goal-setting for SEO.
      • Works with the managing editor to determine an SEO growth plan.
    • Ongoing:
      • Manages SEO workflow for the newsroom, including training, documentation, and newsroom cheerleading.
      • Responsible for writing or checking SEO headlines, URL’s, meta-tags, and excerpts.
      • Compile and share SEO metrics and keyword research in weekly staff review.
  • Social (25%)
    • Planning:
      • Responsible for goal-setting.
      • Works with the Multi-Platform Content Director a social media growth plan.
    • Ongoing:
      • Manages Social workflow for the newsroom, including training and coaching.
      • Responsible for creating original social content (words and graphics, customized by platform) / checking social content created by news staff.
      • Responsible for posting social content on a timely basis.
      • Compile and share social metrics as part of weekly review with staff.
  • Newsletters (20%)
    • Collaborates with Membership Manager on Newsletter strategy and execution.
    • Produces newsletters (layout and graphics).
    • Distributes newsletters based on segmentation strategy (MailChimp).
  • Other (10%)
    • Monitors site to maintain optimal story placement and maximum audience engagement.
    • Preferred, but not required: Marketing / Graphic Design (create house ads, pre- and post-event promotional materials, and graphics for use in news stories and in original and automated newsletters).

The successful candidate will have:

  • A passion for enterprise journalism that covers policy, government and politics;
  • Three to five years of experience in audience engagement, analytics, and / or social media roles;
  • Fluency with one or more online analytics tools (e.g., Google Analytics Parse.ly, Metrics for News);
  • Understanding of and experience on social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter;
  • Ability to draw conclusions from data and share those conclusions in writing and verbally to help newsroom colleagues understand how to attract and retain audiences more effectively;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills;
  • The ability to work well both independently and collaboratively with other CT Mirror staff;
  • A willingness to learn and an aptitude for the skills that s/he does not yet possess;
  • An instinct for innovating around ways to use digital tools to deepen engagement with audiences;
  • A hunger for working in a fast-paced environment;
  • The confidence to ask for advice when needed;
  • Graphic design skills and experience with Google Data Studio, advanced Excel, and / or Tableau are a plus, but not required.

CT Mirror is a nonprofit, non-partisan, online news organization covering public policy, government and politics in Connecticut. In our first 10 years, we became the most trusted source for news about public policy in the state. Our goals include:

  • Expanding the breadth of our reporting in 2021 by adding an Investigative unit, expanding our economic development reporting, establishing a greater presence in Fairfield County and increasing our investment in multi-platform distribution of our content.
  • Diversifying our staff and sourcing to better reflect the population of Connecticut.
  • Providing more opportunities for young, aspiring journalists.
  • Other goals that we can’t imagine yet but that will be necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing media landscape!

Here’s our commitment to the candidate whom we hire:

  • A competitive salary designed to attract a top-notch audience specialist with a passion for local journalism.
  • Medical and dental benefits, generous paid-time-off policy and a basic 403b retirement savings program.
  • Professional development and the opportunity to learn from peers at industry conferences.
  • Transparent internal review and feedback process.
  • Cell phone stipend.
  • New PC or refurbished MAC.
  • You’ll work hard because we’re serious about our mission, but you’ll laugh plenty along the way because we can’t always be serious!
  • We embrace the American Press Institute’s Guiding Principles for Nonprofit Newsrooms.

CT Mirror is committed to building an inclusive organization that represents the people and communities we serve.  We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our hiring, procurement, volunteer recruitment, or other activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, board, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and readers.

The Audience Specialist position is based in our Hartford, CT newsroom, reports to Managing Editor Stephen Busemeyer, and would ideally start by June 1, but no later than September 1.

Please apply by Friday, May 7 USING THIS FORM.  Questions? Contact Managing Editor Stephen Busemeyer via EMAIL.  No phone calls please.

Columbia Journalism Exclusive Fellowship
Connecticut Mirror Fellowship
Hiring Profile

CT Mirror is accepting applications for an exclusive fellowship. CT Mirror is a leading nonprofit, non-partisan, digital-only news publication covering public policy, government, and politics in Connecticut. CT Mirror reporting focuses on the state budget, economic development, housing, education, health, justice, the environment, legislation, campaigns, elections, and investigative reporting. A 2020 Columbia Journalism School alum is our Data Journalist.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Connecticut Mirror’s Investigative Researcher Fellow will provide core research and data support for a new two-person investigative team. The successful candidate will assist the team with data brainstorming and acquisition and will be responsible for cleaning, checking and analyzing data before publication. The reporter will also be responsible for undertaking research across a wide array of public databases and offices (e.g., Lexis, Pacer, bankruptcy courts, local health departments and town halls), filing and managing FOI requests with government agencies, and conducting interviews when necessary.

COMPENSATION AND TERMS: This fellowship is one year with annual compensation of $47,400. It includes three weeks of paid vacation and 13 holidays / personal days.  The fellowship can start as early as Monday June 14, 2021 and no later than Tuesday, September 7, 2021. There is no guarantee of a position at CT Mirror following the end of the fellowship.

ELIGIBILITY: All M.S. and M.A. students graduating in May 2021 and August 2021 are eligible. Applicants within one year of graduation are eligible. International students on OPT through December are eligible and will be given full consideration but must have their OPT at the time of graduation. Given the challenges of working across multiple time zones, strong preference given for candidates located in the U.S.

TO APPLY: Complete the online application: https://columbiajournalismcareerdevelopment.submittable.com/

The online application includes uploading the following materials:

  1. Very brief Cover Letter (no more than one page) addressed to Elizabeth Hamilton, Executive Editor.  The ideal candidate will have strong writing and interpersonal skills, a collaborative instinct, experience with data analysis software such as Pandas, OpenRefine, or Excel, and the ability to perform data scraping with the programming language of your choice.
  2. Resume (one page).
  3. Three samples of your work (published or unpublished).

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 11:59 p.m. (EDT), April 25, 2021

QUESTIONS? Email Lauren Mack, Program Manager, Office of Career Development: lem2111@columbia.edu