The Connecticut Mirror is a local journalism success story with huge momentum and ambitious growth goals. We are currently hiring for the following positions on our team.


Federal Policy Reporter

The Washington DC-based Federal Reporter will work jointly with two of Connecticut’s most respected nonprofit media outlets: The Connecticut Mirror and Connecticut Public Broadcasting Inc., fill an increasing void in the state’s journalism landscape.

This multi-platform reporter, will produce stories that examine the impact of federal legislation on the residents of Connecticut, with a particular emphasis on economic sectors that are critical to the state, such as defense, health care and financial services, as well as high-disparity topics like education, housing and justice.  The reporter will also cover the state’s congressional delegation, monitor federal agencies, and work with Connecticut-based reporters at both outlets to drive or augment coverage as warranted. 

Our reporter is committed to producing and presenting trusted, unbiased, independent local journalism, delivering content across media platforms so that we meet our audiences where they are – providing news when, where, and how they want to consume it. We are committed to high-quality information that reflects the diversity of our audiences across the entire state, with original reporting that tells stories people won’t find anywhere else.

Essential Functions

The Federal Policy Reporter provides a wide range of services.  Applicants must have the ability to complete the following essential job functions:

  • Produce long-form narrative journalism.
  • Cover the federal policy/politics beat from Washington D.C., but with an eye and focus towards Connecticut impact.
  • Possess a talent for connecting government or system failures to human consequences.  
  • Work with the CT Mirror’s Executive Editor and CT Public’s Executive Editor on long-term planning to develop federal policy and politics news goals across all platforms and keep a pipeline of stories flowing.
  • Focus on significant topics that support the overall direction of Connecticut news that meets standards for journalistic excellence and includes a compliment of diverse voices in reporting.
  • Research, write, report, edit, and voice a wide variety of stories and series for radio, print, online, and social media.
    Works with outside news organizations on collaborative projects.
  • Prioritize more in-depth, nuanced stories over the “story of the day” out of Washington.
  • Audio reporting and on-air skills to report, voice and edit reports.
  • Seeks opportunities to produce quick-turn deep reporting on breaking news situations.
  • Records and edits audio; produces and mixes content using audio equipment and digital editing software and compiles and edits material necessary for production.
  • Plans for special coverage opportunities on major upcoming news events.

Responsibilities

The Federal Policy Reporter has many responsibilities, including but are not limited to:

  • Anticipates special news events (and major stories) and creates plan for coverage.
  • Works with public affairs talk show Where We Live host and producers for regular debriefs and produced conversations.
  • Engages in social media and conversations with a CT audience.
  • Follows CT Mirror and CT Public ethics guidelines.
  • Contributes to CT Public talk shows and CT Mirror/CT Public visuals journalism.
  • Considers creative ways to tell stories on radio, television and digital platforms.
  • Adapts to multiplatform narrative journalism, including the written word and narrative audio.
  • Other duties as assigned, including fundraising activities.

Work Environment
The Federal Policy Reporter is based out of Washington DC, is an employee of the CT Mirror, and works dually with CT Mirror and CT Public.  We expect this position to work in a combination of remote, general office, or field work, which at times, may be performed in extreme outdoor temperatures.  Travel is required on a regular basis, both in, and out, of state.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, or other closely relatable field AND a minimum of eight (8) years’ direct and sustained professional reporting experience, both in radio and print, some of which was spent covering federal politics and policy, AND/OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

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

  • A competitive salary designed to attract a top-notch development professional.
  • 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.
  • Flexibility to work remotely, as appropriate.
  • Transparent internal review and feedback process.
  • Cell phone stipend.
  • 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.
  • The opportunity, over time, to be considered for promotion to Vice President / Chief Revenue Officer as we grow.

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 Federal Policy Reporter position is based in Washington, D.C. and reports to Executive Editor Elizabeth Hamilton.  The annual salary is 85,000.00 – 97,500.00 commensurate with experience.

Please apply, using this form, by June 3.  Questions? Contact Elizabeth Hamilton.  No phone calls please.

Data Reporter

Hiring Profile

The Connecticut Mirror (www.CTMirror.org) is a local journalism success story with huge momentum and ambitious growth goals. We are an established, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit digital news organization with an immediate opening for a data reporter who will find untold stories in data, expose failed practices, and hold government and government-funded systems accountable.

The successful applicant will have strong data collection, data analysis, data visualization, and reporting and writing skills. Innovation, collaboration and a hunger for truth are critical.  In addition to generating original content, our data reporter will also periodically support other reporters with data analysis and visualization. 

The successful applicant will have strong data collection, data analysis, data visualization, and reporting and writing skills. Innovation, collaboration and a hunger for truth are critical. In addition to generating original content, our data reporter will also periodically support other reporters with data analysis and visualization.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to assess data integrity;
  • Strong data analysis and data visualization skills to identity and tell compelling stories;
  • Ability to collaborate and work well as part of a team.

Desired Skills:

  • Fluency with Excel and other basic data analysis software common in governmental and business environments. Familiarity with more advanced software such as Python is preferred.
  • Familiarity with mapping software and data visualization platforms such as QGIS, Mapbox, Highcharts or Tableau;
  • Experience documenting and fact checking;
  • Expertise in accessing primary data and documents;
  • Ability to create, scrape and clean databases to provide readers with access to critical data;
  • Ability to tell stories in different, compelling ways;
  • Ability to think critically and effectively in a team environment;
  • Clear and concise writing

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 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’sGuiding 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 data reporter will report to Managing Editor Stephen Busemeyer. The position will be based in our Hartford, CT newsroom.

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

Please apply by Monday, May 2 USING THIS FORM.  Questions? Contact Managing Editor Stephen Busemeyer via EMAIL.  No phone calls please.