Jobs

Publicsource is hiring for the following positions:

Higher education reporter in Pittsburgh, Pa.

PublicSource.org is seeking a higher education reporter to join our passionate and innovative team of journalists covering the Pittsburgh region. 

The higher ed reporter job at PublicSource — a two-year position that we hope to be able to extend — is made possible through a partnership with Open Campus, a national nonprofit news organization that's creating a network of local reporters dedicated to covering higher education.

The Pittsburgh economy is often talked about as a phoenix rising from the collapse of steel and now dominated by ‘eds and meds.’ The major tentpoles of our region are again under great stress due to the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. At the same time, the city will be looking to its colleges and universities to help it recover — to help train people for new jobs, to help address racial inequities and to perform important research. 

The Pittsburgh region is home to dozens of colleges, which educate local residents and draw new students to the area. The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University are among the region's top employers, and they often play national roles in leading cutting-edge research. Bottom line: Higher education is central to economic opportunity and social mobility in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It's a dynamic and diverse environment in which to cover this beat.

We’re looking for:

  • A reporter with three or more years of experience.
  • Experience covering higher ed is a big plus, but not required. However, we’d like to see a track record of building a beat and producing enterprise journalism focused on accountability and elevating people’s stories.
  • Strong people skills and an affinity for working with others. 
  • Someone who can work independently under deadline and juggle a variety of assignments, from short- and medium-term enterprise to more substantial signature projects.
  • Experience working with data is preferred but not required.
  • A dedication to broader team goals is a must. Our team of 14 collaborates on many levels, from producing strong visuals and developing promotion plans for our stories to evaluating audience engagement and hosting events.

The PublicSource newsroom — founded in 2011 — covers local government, economic development, the environment, health, K-12 education, public safety and race relations. The mission of the newsroom is to inspire critical thinking and bold ideas through local journalism rooted in facts, excellence, diverse voices and pursuit of transparency.

The salary range for this position begins at $42,000 and will be based on prior experience and skillset.

PublicSource offers paid vacation time leave and sick days, a 401(k) match, a health plan, competitive paid parental leave and professional development opportunities. PublicSource is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and three to five clips to halle@publicsource.org by Nov. 1.

Advertising & Sponsorship Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA

PublicSource.org is seeking an Advertising & Sponsorship Coordinator who will bolster our efforts to share and grow the reach of quality journalism with our readers, listeners and community at-large and will help build an advertising program that supports our sustainability. We are looking for a team member who works collaboratively, builds strong community relationships, and is open to experimenting on how to best engage the PublicSource audience. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Prospecting, setting appointments and conducting presentations for potential advertisers or sponsors
  • Developing packages to help advertisers and sponsors meet their goals
  • Participating in strategy development and designing new offering
  • Coordinating with advertisers on art/copy requirements
  • Sharing digital results with advertisers
  • Participation in event planning and execution

We’re looking for:

  • At least 1-2 years of experience in one or more aspects of the job responsibilities or related work.
  • Strong relationship building and listening skills. The person in this role should care about the needs of the other party and how to best meet them.
  • Respect for the need to balance revenue generation and ethical journalism.
  • Someone who values honesty and transparency. Our product is journalism, which places a high premium on truth and accuracy, and the person in this role should help us generate revenue based on the same principles.

The PublicSource newsroom — founded in 2011 — covers local government, economic development, the environment, health, K-12 education, public safety and race relations. The mission of the newsroom is to inspire critical thinking and bold ideas through local journalism rooted in facts, excellence, diverse voices and pursuit of transparency.

PublicSource offers paid vacation time leave and sick days, a 401(k) match, a health plan, competitive paid parental leave and professional development opportunities. PublicSource is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to jennie@publicsource.org by Oct. 15.