The Texas Observer is seeking a staff writer to join our 61-year-old, mission-oriented publication at an exciting time. (National Magazine Award, Emmy nomination, growing staff, etc.) You must have experience with longform nonfiction storytelling and ambitious investigative journalism, as well as short, timely and web-friendly reporting. You know your way around open records requests, datasets, government documents and other tools of the trade. You excel at generating story ideas and seeing them through to fruition over the course of weeks or months.
You have an impeccable eye for detail, are extremely conscientious about accuracy and enjoy, or at least pretend to enjoy, the editing process.
Staff writers are generalists who nonetheless find beat or niche areas that they specialize in. We are particularly keen on candidates interested in covering criminal justice, the environment, politics and race.
You see journalism as a calling, and believe in the Observer’s tradition of public-interest reporting. Familiarity with Texas politics and culture is not necessary but will be given extra consideration.
Please send résumé, cover letter and five clips to Forrest Wilder, editor, at wilder AT texasobserver.org by Sept. 8. Please include “Staff Writer” in the subject line.