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Political Correspondent - Wisconsin



Wisconsin, USA · Remote
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Political Correspondent - Wisconsin

This is a 100 percent remote position based in Wisconsin.

Who We Are

At COURIER Newsroom, we empower individuals and communities through local reporting that helps people understand and affect the issues impacting their lives. We believe that by investing in the work of local journalists across the country we can positively impact civic participation and build a healthier democracy from the ground up. Through original reporting and human-focused storytelling, we highlight the issues that shape our lives while calling attention to the impacts of policy-making and political action at the local level. We are a rapidly growing team with new ideas on how to change the landscape of this world. Our company is led by women and composed of people that strive to make our workplace an environment where every individual feels like they belong. Our team is composed of smart individuals with multiple intersections of diversity.

UpNorth News Political Correspondent is responsible for leading our coverage of Wisconsin politics, and to connect important policy decisions to Wisconsinites’ day-to-day lives in a relatable, social-first manner. This reporter will cover a mix of state and federal political news, both at the Statehouse and around the state on the campaign trail

This reporter will also develop a personal brand as a go-to voice for Wisconsin political news, and work to become a trusted, ever-present figure among our audience and the broader journalism world. In addition, this role requires developing and maintaining relationships with key sources and leaders in the state.

The UpNorth News Political Correspondent will report to the National Political Editor. This is a remote position within the state, but the strong preference is for someone located in Madison.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the mission and core audience for the state and best practices for communicating with that audience.
  • Regularly brainstorm and pitch story ideas that align with our key issue beats.
  • Execute a weekly budget for political coverage content.
  • Cover the Wisconsin State Assembly while in session, and cover the major campaigns in upcoming election years.
  • Develop original reporting content packages that connect the dots with policy and real-world impact through human-centered, localized stories.
  • Break news throughout the year.
  • Work collaboratively with the Community Editor, Social Media Manager, and other staff in your state to ensure state teams have cohesive content production and targeted strategic audience development/engagement.
  • Meet all deadlines for our core beats with high-quality, strategic work.
  • Meet weekly goals for content metrics by delivering high-quality content, leveraging an always-developing personal network, and collaborating with state content organizers to amplify content pieces.
  • Develop strategies in coordination with the National Political Editor and Content Organizing Team on how to further improve our content’s reach.
  • Work to build a personal brand through an active Twitter and/or TikTok presence.
  • Build connections with political and community leaders/staff in the state.
  • Ensure all political coverage graphics and videos are branded with consistency and match community/local news content as well.

The ideal candidate will

  • Have 4+ years’ experience in political reporting/content creation or political communications
  • Want to be a part of a new media model that meets people where they are– most often on social platforms– and looking to leverage their talents to protect democracy through left-leaning, factual, relevant information rooted in shared values and community well-being
  • Have a desire to grow (or already have) an audience as a political reporter and translate your work into social-first content
  • Have experience using Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and other social platforms
  • Be able to produce compelling social media posts that delivers key information to our audience in a concise manner
  • Be comfortable in front of a camera
  • Have experience using Canva or Photoshop
  • Have a strong grasp of AP Style
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong sense of voice and tone.
  • Have experience with or a willingness to learn WordPress
  • Have experience with or a willingness to learn Sprout and/or Creator Studio for social media publishing
  • Be able to pivot/switch direction as priorities and projects change.
  • Be comfortable in a startup environment
  • Demonstrate an eagerness to collaborate as part of a cross-functional state team and COURIER network Civic Impact team

This is a fully remote position that will require some weekend work/flexible scheduling, and primarily operates on central time, but candidates do need to be based in Madison or be able to travel there frequently. In addition to a base salary, Courier Newsroom offers a competitive benefits package, including a full suite of healthcare benefits, paid time off, and a flexible working arrangement.

COURIER Newsroom offers the following:

  • Unlimited PTO, 11 paid holidays a year
  • Full suite of health benefits
  • Fully remote team
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Prioritization of our people over outcomes, we are a team that wants humans to thrive in this unstable climate.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Courier Newsroom is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly urged to apply. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions.