Publicsource is hiring for the following positions:


Chief Executive Officer

Founded in 2011, PublicSource publishes award-winning local journalism and in-depth reporting in the Pittsburgh region. PublicSource seeks a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the organization from being a successful startup to a sustainable and thriving institution. The CEO will fully embrace the mission of PublicSource as a storyteller, team-builder and visionary, bringing innovation, transparency and accountability to the newsroom and community. The successful candidate will have senior nonprofit leadership experience with a passion for journalism. 


More information can be found via Nonprofit Talent on the following job posting: https://jobs.nonprofittalent.com/job/chief-executive-officer-13/


Environment & climate reporter

PublicSource.org is seeking a reporter to cover environment and climate news in the Pittsburgh region. The ideal candidate has the ambition and ability to build this critical beat and produce enterprise journalism focused on accountability and elevating people’s stories across demographic fault lines. We are a collaborative newsroom dedicated to facts, excellence, diverse voices and pursuit of transparency.

The position is made possible, in part, through Report For America. This position is for one year with an option for a second and a third. The reporter will be a Report For America Corps Member who must complete a service project and engage in trainings with the network.

The Pittsburgh area is teeming with stories: It was the center of a national fight over climate change i.e. “Pittsburgh not Paris.” The city has made its climate readiness a central part of its identity in the past five years and could be a test case for hundreds of billions in climate investments over the next four years. There is an opportunity to follow the money in additional upcoming projects to clean up the city’s rivers and fix its pipes as climate change has brought historic flooding and rains. Local scientists at the city’s universities and healthcare providers are some of the world’s renowned environmental experts.

The region’s air quality consistently ranks among the worst in the country as local regulators struggle to reign in the last vestiges of the region’s steel industry. Its affordable but old housing stock leaks energy and sheds lead contamination. Local environmental groups are trying but struggling to diversify who is involved and who benefits as the city’s first Black mayor is about to take office. And the city’s liberal-leaning voters, which recently voted in two Democratic Socialist candidates to state office, want action.

In this job, you will get to visit brownfield sites and local science labs, talk to residents struggling to pay their bills and businesses trying to maximize their profits. You will interview local politicians about whether they’re doing enough and analyze data to try to identify where the problems really lie. The beat is not just about the environment — it’s about the region’s future and community equity.

We’re looking for:

  • Experience covering environment and climate news is a big plus, but not required. 
  • Strong people skills and an affinity for working with others.
  • Strong interviewing skills: Will need to talk to scientists, public officials, regulators, activists and ordinary residents, and be able to move back and forth easily between science, policy, economics and people-focused stories.
  • Someone who can work independently under deadlines and juggle a variety of assignments.
  • Experience working with data is preferred but not required.
  • A dedication to broader team goals is a must. Our team collaborates on many levels, from producing strong visuals and developing promotion plans for our stories to evaluating audience engagement and hosting events.

PublicSource offers paid vacation time 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. Read more about PublicSource’s mission and what it’s like to work at our nonprofit news outlet.

Journalists interested in this position can apply here, by Jan. 31, 2022.


Summer 2022 PublicSource editorial internship

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 local government, economic development, education, health, the environment, religion 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 for professionalism.)
  • 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.

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. Do you have other skills you think are a good fit for the team? PublicSource also welcomes interns who will dabble in audience engagement by assisting with social media strategy, story marketing and promotion and newsletter creation.

This is a paid internship. To qualify for the stipend of $2,250, 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.

Interns will have the opportunity to work both remotely and, subject to pandemic conditions, from our office in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. We encourage candidates of underrepresented backgrounds to apply as well as those who live outside of Pittsburgh and can join the team remotely.

We’re looking for good candidates now and will review applications as we get them. While we encourage earlier applications, the deadline for submission is Feb. 13. Please send a cover letter, resume and clips/writing to Jeffrey Benzing at jeff@publicsource.org.


Summer 2022 PublicSource photo internship

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 local government, economic development, education, health, the environment, religion 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 photo intern:

  • Someone with an eye for composing great photos, from candids to portraits, that relay the essence of a person or a story.
  • 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.

This is a paid internship. To qualify for the stipend of $2,250, 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.

Our office is in the Uptown neighborhood, right on the bus line. Interns are not required to work from the office, though the internship requires regular in-person field work, with proper pandemic safety protocols.

We’re looking for good candidates now and will review applications as we get them. While we encourage earlier applications, the deadline for submission is Feb. 13. Please send a cover letter, resume and any appropriate work examples to Natasha Vicens at natasha@publicsource.org.