Jobs

Available positions:


Enterprise reporter

PublicSource.org is looking for an enterprise reporter with watchdog skills to join our team in delivering public-service journalism in the Pittsburgh region.

This reporter will cover a variety of issues, but they will focus on accountability and transparency of regional institutions, unpacking policies and initiatives to make them understandable for the average reader.
This position will entail a combination of quick turnaround enterprise reporting, as well as longer pieces, in a variety of formats.

The ideal candidate:

  • Will come up with their own story ideas, and also be able to juggle ones assigned by editors.
  • Will be active on promoting their own stories on social media and engage with readers to answer additional questions.
  • Will coordinate well with editors, visual producers and other reporters.
  • Will be able to turn around high-quality copy under a tight deadline.

Data analysis skills are preferred; experience with open records requests is also highly sought after.

Our nonprofit newsroom has a collaborative work culture; from fact-checking to story ideas, we like people to pitch in, work hard and help each other out.

The PublicSource newsroom — founded in 2011 — covers local government, economic development, the environment, health, K-12 education, higher education, public safety and social justice issues. 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.

Please send your resume, cover letter and samples of your work to halle@publicsource.org by March 4.


Summer 2021 PublicSource editorial internship (remote)

PublicSource is a nonprofit online journalism organization in Pittsburgh. We write stories with powerful narratives and people to explain complex issues in the areas of local government, economic development, education, health, faith and religion, the environment and social justice. 

Check us out at PublicSource.org. If you’re interested in what we do, here’s what we’re looking for in an editorial intern:

  • We want someone who goes through life with an eye for untold stories and can figure out how to tell those stories through interviews and research as well as technically sound and creative writing.
  • We expect interns to pitch ideas for enterprise stories and communicate with editors about the progress and timeframe. Interns will also assist staff reporters on stories and projects, which could include contributions to research, reporting and fact-checking.
  • You should be able to share your story on social media and have ideas for how all of our stories could get more exposure. (Note: We will check your social media accounts.)
  • Accuracy will be king to the right intern. You’ll be trained in our fact-checking system and asked to conduct fact checks for your own story and for others’ stories.

We are looking for candidates with a desire to apply their skills and interests toward producing and serving the public with the best local journalism in the industry. We like it when our interns are driven, take initiative and work collaboratively with the PublicSource team to make our time together worthwhile for all involved. 

PublicSource will pay each selected intern a $1,650 stipend. To qualify for the stipend, we ask interns to work 15 hours a week for 15 weeks (or another agreed upon schedule). Half of the intern stipend will be paid out eight weeks in and the remainder at the end of the internship. (If timing of payment is prohibitive, please reach out to discuss.)

If you have a professor who will give you credit, we’re also happy to fill out the forms.

The internship is 100% remote. We encourage candidates of underrepresented backgrounds to apply, as well as those who live outside of Pittsburgh.

Please send a cover letter, resume and clips/writing by or before March 2 to Jeff Benzing at jeff@publicsource.org.


Summer 2021 PublicSource visuals internship (Pittsburgh-based)

PublicSource is a nonprofit online journalism organization in Pittsburgh. We write stories with powerful narratives and characters to explain complex issues in the areas of public safety, education, health, the environment, local government and social justice. All of our stories are enhanced by beautiful documentary-style photography or video.

Check us out at PublicSource.org. If you’re interested in what we do, here’s what we’re looking for in a visuals intern:

  • Someone with an eye for composing great photos, from candids to portraits, that relay the essence of a person or a story.
  • An interest or experience in videography.
  • The ability to conceptualize how to capture the audience’s attention on social media with different ways to present the visuals, like Instagram stories, Facebook galleries and more.
  • Strong time management and scheduling skills. Not every assignment will be during normal hours, so we need someone who is responsible and flexible.
  • Journalism experience is a plus but not a must.
  • Someone who is Covid-conscious who will protect themselves and sources to the best of their ability by following PublicSource’s Covid-19 protocols for in-person reporting and photography.

PublicSource, a nonprofit newsroom, will pay each selected intern a $1,650 stipend. To qualify for the stipend, we ask for the intern to work 15 hours a week for 15 weeks. Half of the intern stipend will be paid out eight weeks in and the remainder at the end of the internship. 

If you have a professor who will give you credit, we’re also happy to fill out the forms.

Please send a cover letter, resume and any appropriate work examples by or before March 2 to  to Natasha Vicens  at natasha@publicsource.org.