State Capital Reporter

  • Full-time
  • Helena, MT
  • Applications have closed

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Montana's independent source for in-depth news.

State Capital Reporter

Montana Free Press, the news organization featured in the acclaimed 2018 documentary film “Dark Money,” is looking for a dogged government, politics, and watchdog reporter to join our team.

Among the traits we’re looking for in our next hire: a curious and intrepid journalist who understands government and politics, can cultivate trustworthy sources, is comfortable pursuing a broad range of stories and beats, isn’t afraid to roll up his or her sleeves and pore over documents and campaign finance data, can write clear and compelling stories about complicated topics, is able to produce digital content or is willing to learn, and is comfortable talking about his or her reporting to the public.

Stories and topics you’ll report on for Montana Free Press will include:

  • Campaign finance and “follow-the-money”
  • Elections
  • Montana’s biennial legislative session
  • State government
  • Economy
  • Trends
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Land use
  • Climate change
  • Anything else of significant importance to the people of Montana.

Montana Free Press  is a fast-growing upstart nonprofit news organization that serves as a statehouse news bureau for the Big Sky state. That means in addition to reporting duties, you will also be asked to help update the website, create and edit digital content, manage social media, coordinate and collaborate with editors and reporters at partner news organizations, and assist in other tasks necessary to the day-to-day operations.

Applicants must have at least two years of prior journalism experience and excellent writing, research and interpersonal skills. They must be proficient in AP Style, WordPress, HTML and social media platforms. Sound knowledge of analytics tools and multimedia reporting a major plus. Candidates also must be self-starting, well-organized, detail-oriented and enjoy working with data, and should have a good understanding of the U.S. political system and money’s role therein. Good time management skills are essential, as is a commitment to our mission and to journalism that has an impact.

Competitive salary, depending on experience.

People of color, women, LGBTQ, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.

About us
The nonpartisan, nonprofit Montana Free Press is Montana’s premier online news organization.

Founded by veteran political and investigative reporter John S. Adams, Montana Free Press was featured in the Sundance award-winning documentary “Dark Money,” which is in theaters now and will air on PBS stations nationwide beginning Oct. 1. Adams was formerly the Capital Bureau Chief of the Great Falls Tribune and was a correspondent for USA TODAY.

The expected start date for this position is October 2018, and applications will be considered beginning immediately.

Send résumé, cover letter and no more than three clips or short writing samples to:, or via snail mail to:

Montana Free Press

34 W. 6th Ave., Ste. 2F

Helena, MT 59601