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Energy, Environment and Climate Reporter

Website VTDigger

About VTDigger

VTDigger is a nationally recognized, born-digital nonprofit news organization. We are known for our award-winning investigative reporting and in-depth daily coverage of local and state news. Our mission is to produce rigorous journalism that explains complex issues, holds the government accountable to the public and engages Vermonters in the democratic process.

At a time when the commercial local news industry is failing, VTDigger is one of a handful of nonprofit news organizations that has developed a model of sustainable funding for local journalism. The organization has grown quickly in just a decade, becoming the go-to source of news for the state of Vermont — with an average of 700,000 unique readers a month and 26 employees. For more about how VTDigger has become the largest news operation in Vermont, click here

Your job 

The most compelling stories in Vermont often boil down to a simple question: How are humans interacting with the natural world around them? VTDigger is looking for an inquisitive, perceptive and compassionate reporter to ask that question and tell those stories.  

This reporter would enjoy an expansive beat that includes environmental policy, land use, water quality, electricity generation and transmission, renewable energy, transportation, development, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management and recreation. Perhaps most importantly, this reporter would be charged with covering the changing climate: how Vermonters are reckoning with their own carbon emissions and preparing for the climate of the future.

The right candidate for this position will be equally comfortable in a Public Utility Commission hearing, on a research vessel on Lake Champlain and on a snowy mountainside in the dark of winter. This reporter should be able to bring occasionally dry policy debates to life by telling rich, engaging, complex stories about the impact of those policies on people and the planet. Making sense of data, extracting documents from government bodies and pressing public officials for answers are all critical skills for this position. 

This role is a fit if you … 

  • Seek out scoops and embrace enterprise reporting.
  • Are committed to building relationships with diverse communities and know how to build a representative source list.
  • Can work independently but are an enthusiastic collaborator.
  • Are as comfortable writing a news brief as a magazine-length investigation.
  • Strive for accuracy and truth in reporting.
  • Are a skilled writer and storyteller.
  • Have a working knowledge of data reporting and enthusiasm for finding stories buried within reports.
  • Are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion — throughout your work and as it relates to your beat.
  • Enjoy engaging with readers and responding to their tips.
  • Are willing to engage with and represent the views of those on every side of a contentious issue.
  • Can spot trends and understand how they will play out.
  • Can explain complicated issues clearly and simply.

Responsibilities

  • Writing 3-4 compelling stories a week.
  • Pitching ideas that result in ground-breaking stories.
  • Working collaboratively with editors and fellow reporters.
  • Cultivating diverse and representative sources.
  • Working with the editing team to ensure stories are accurate and fair.
  • Meeting deadlines set by you and your supervising editor.
  • Placing public records requests as needed.
  • Effectively and professionally communicating verbally and in writing with colleagues, sources and readers.
  • Listening intently to others and valuing others’ opinions. 
  • Communicating openly and promptly sharing information and ideas with others throughout the organization. 

Your life

Location: Montpelier, Vermont

Start date: June/July 2021

Compensation: Highly competitive 

We are working remotely during the Covid pandemic, but our offices are based in the state capital of Montpelier, a charming New England town located in Central Vermont near world-class alpine and nordic ski areas, extensive biking and hiking trails, lakes and rivers. The region has excellent schools, several local bookstores, and coffee and pastry shops. 

How to apply: Using this form, please upload a resume, up to three samples of your work and a cover letter that explains why you want to work for VTDigger and why you’re the right fit for this job. We use resumes primarily as a summary and will focus our attention on responses to our questions. The deadline is June 16, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Please note: We recognize there are great candidates who may not fit the description above or who have important skills and experiences we haven’t thought of. If that sounds like you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us more about yourself. VTDigger is committed to constantly improving our organization, in part by better reflecting the communities we serve. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive workplace for all people. We especially encourage members of communities that are traditionally underrepresented — and misrepresented — in media to apply to join our team, including Black, Indigenous and people of color; women; LGBTQIA people, and differently abled people.

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