Montana Free Press, Montana’s premier statewide nonprofit news organization, has an immediate opening for a dogged government and politics investigative reporter to join our newsroom in Helena.

Who you are:

A curious, resourceful and 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. 

The ideal candidate will primarily report and write daily and enterprise stories with a core beat focused on politics, partisanship and power. 

Topics you’ll report on for Montana Free Press will include:

  • Campaign finance and “follow-the-money”
  • Elections and electoral politics
  • Montana’s biennial legislative session
  • State government
  • Partisan strategy

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.

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. 

Applicants should have at least five years of journalism experience, or at least two years of experience covering politics, and possess excellent writing, research, and interpersonal skills. Preference will be given to reporters with data reporting and visualization skills. 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 individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a résumé with two professional references, five substantive published clips, and a cover letter to jobs@montanafreepress.org. The application deadline is April 11, 2022.

Salary range: $45,000-$54,000

MTFP is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, Local Independent Online Publishers, Online News Association, 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.