Montana Free Press, Montana’s premier statewide nonprofit news organization, has an immediate opening for an accomplished and ambitious hard-news reporter to join our newsroom in Helena.
Who you are: A curious, resourceful, competitive journalist who understands politics and policy, embraces documents and data, and is equally comfortable cultivating the state’s most influential and informed sources and filing FOIA and open records requests. You should be driven to break deeply reported and compellingly written stories that untangle complicated topics for the state’s most engaged audience.
Who we are: A fast-growing, entrepreneurial, nonpartisan, multimedia news organization whose stories are published online and in print and broadcast news outlets statewide. We value quality over quantity, hard-earned insight, comprehensive context, journalistic innovation, and mutually beneficial collaboration.
The ideal candidate will primarily report and write daily and enterprise stories with a core beat of statehouse legislative news. They will also help manage MTFP’s website and social media feeds, coordinate and collaborate with editors and reporters at partner news organizations, and contribute to all-staff strategic planning regarding editorial development, event planning, and fundraising. We’re looking for a mission-driven reporter with the talent and desire to help us build a sustainable noncommercial model for high-quality journalism in Montana.
Applicants should have at least two years of significant journalism experience and excellent writing, research, and interpersonal skills. Working knowledge of data reporting and visualization is a major plus. If your skill set includes broadcast experience, podcasting, audio reporting, video production, and/or photography, your application will stand out. The ability to work independently and exceptional time-management skills are essential.
MTFP is committed to providing market-competitive salaries and benefits, and to newsroom equity. People of color, women, LGBTQ people, and differently abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants should submit a résumé with two professional references, five substantive published clips, and a cover letter explicating two areas of established beat expertise and two areas of proposed beat development to editor Brad Tyer at [email protected], or via mail to:
Brad Tyer, editor
Montana Free Press
34 W. 6th Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
The application deadline is January 31, 2020.
Montana Free Press was founded in 2016 by executive director and editor-in-chief John S. Adams, veteran political and investigative reporter and former capital bureau chief of the Great Falls Tribune. Current staff includes editor Brad Tyer (former editor of the Missoula Independent) and reporter Eric Dietrich (formerly with the Great Falls Tribune, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and Solutions Journalism Network).
MTFP is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, the Online News Association, the Montana Newspaper Association, and the Montana Nonprofit Association. Our work is supported by donations from individual members and organizations and institutions that value high-quality, in-depth journalism.