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The Mississippi Free Press Is Hiring A General Assignment News Reporter

The Mississippi Free Press, a thriving, award-winning nonprofit digital newsroom with national impact run by the nonprofit Mississippi Journalism and Education Group, is seeking a full-time general assignment news reporter to join our diverse team of reporters and freelance contributors in winter/spring 2023 as we continue to grow our mission to cover Mississippi in a deeply contextual, inclusive and solutions-based fashion that challenges the old ways of the state’s traditional media environment. The women-founded Mississippi Free Press, named the Institute for Nonprofit News’ Startup of the Year in 2021, launched at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and immediately attracted widespread attention nationally and, at times, even internationally for our mission-driven coverage of vital issues and stories.

The general assignment news reporter will work with the news editor to pitch, identify and pursue story assignments. The reporter can work from your Mississippi home when not reporting on-location on a hybrid basis (attending occasional meetings and trainings in the Jackson office at a minimum up to full-time. You will be responsible for producing multiple stories a week, with a mix of short, quick-turnaround breaking news stories as well as medium-length and longer, more in-depth stories. 

The reporter must be able to manage a combination of quick turn-around breaking news stories and longer-term investigative and solutions projects. The reporter will collaborate with the creative director on selecting photography, art and multimedia for stories and with the digital editor on posting stories and promoting them across various social media networks, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. In some cases, the reporter will also be expected to shoot and provide photos when covering events on the ground. The reporter will join the team for weekly digital editorial scrums over Zoom to plan assignments for the week and to brainstorm ideas.

The general assignment reporter will identify, conduct interviews for, research, and contextualize news stories on a variety of topics. Examples of topics the reporter may be assigned to cover across Mississippi include: public policy, elections, democracy and government; infrastructure and the environment; health care and access; equitable economic development; immigration and the

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