In West Virginia, it must be illegal for reporters to question authority, especially federal authorities.
A West Virginia reporter was arrested for trying to get an answer from Health and Human Services Director Tom Price about whether domestic violence was considered a pre-existing condition under the Republican-backed health-care bill.
Or, as his lawyer puts it, he was arrested “for talking too loud.”
The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan has started a new feature, Access Watch, to keep track of what reporters receive access to the Trump administration – and whether it was because they reported “good” news about President Trump or his administration.
That’s fine, and something that should be done.
But the best reporters aren’t writing “good” stories of the president to get access. They are working behind the scenes, with governmental and non-governmental sources, to find out what is going on in that administration. That’s what great reporters do.
You certainly can’t trust the president-elect, based on this Washington Post 2016 fact-checking story. To be fair, others, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, told whoppers, too.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is searching for four reporters: two in breaking news, one in daily news and another as an investigative reporter.
Submit applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the investigative reporter job, the cover letter can be addressed to Sara Hebel; for daily news, Brock Read; for breaking news, Andy Thomason.
The Grand Island Independent and the Washington County Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise in Nebraska are seeking reporters.
The Independent is looking for a government reporter to cover Hall County and Grand Island city government.
Grand Island is a growing community of 50,000 and the surrounding Central Nebraska area boasts a population close to 100,000.
The full-time job involves working days, but might include weekend and night work. A degree in journalism is preferred, but candidates with practical experience and strong writing skills will be considered.
The Grand Island Independent is part of BH Media (Berkshire Hathaway) and offers a competitive hourly wage and comprehensive benefit package. The Independent is an award-winning newspaper, with a strong website and social media presence.
Please send a resume and clips to Jim Faddis, Managing Editor, The Grand Island Independent, P.O. Box 1208, Grand Island, NE 68802 or e-mail them to email@example.com.
The Pilot-Tribune and Enterprise, located in Blair, Neb., near Omaha, is seeking a motivated storyteller for its progressive newsroom. The news company is offering competitive pay and benefits.
The paper is owned by Enterprise Publishing, a family-owned organization that owns 12 community newspapers in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
Send a resume and PDF clips/portfolio link to Katie Rohman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institute on Political Journalism Collegiate Award recognizes excellence in collegiate reporting. Judges will recognize students who show initiative and original reporting, along with superior writing skills. A quality piece will also demonstrate a skill for accuracy in reporting and good use of sources.
The presentation of the awards, including a cash prize of $2,500 for first place and $500 for second place, is scheduled during a luncheon at the June 28 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The award is sponsored by Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ), an educational program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies.
Submit application materials to:
Institute on Political Journalism Collegiate Awards Committee
1621 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
College students can win $300 in live, on-site writing and photography competitions at the Nebraska Press Association convention in Kearney April 22.
Nebraska colleges and universities can select up to 10 students to qualify for each competition. Participants are given identical assignments. On deadline, students must gather information and write an award-winning story or shoot and edit photographs to win.
Winners will receive $300 and plaques to be awarded at a luncheon on April 23.
Participating students should check in with the NPA convention registration desk to receive the room assignments for the contests. Students should report to the assigned room no later than 1:30 p.m. April 22. Students need to bring a laptop computer with a USB port and reporting notebooks, etc. for the writing competition; a laptop computer, camera, photo card and photo card reader for the photography competition.
Participating students will receive free registration, free access to sessions and the Saturday lunch for the discounted price of $5.
The Northeast Nebraska News Company is looking for a reporter for its print, web and video products. The successful candidate must have a good nose for news and be able to dig out stories where they happen. The company wants a versatile person with the ability to cover everything from city government to church fund raisers. The position also offers a chance to advance in the company. Send resume and cover letter to: Rob Dump, Cedar County News/Northeast Neb. News Co., email@example.com.
The Grand Island Independent is seeking a creative, energetic reporter to cover regional news in central Nebraska. This reporter would cover the top stories in the counties and towns outside of Grand Island. This would involve covering school news, economic development, health stories, court news and feature stories from area towns. Some weekend and night work would be involved, but most hours would be during the day. Please send a resume and clips to Managing Editor Jim Faddis, The Grand Island Independent, P.O. Box 1208, Grand Island, NE 68802 or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The publisher at Blank Slate Media — a Long Island, N.Y. newspaper chain that operates Williston Times, New Hyde Park Herald Courier, Great Neck News, Roslyn Times and Manhasset Times — is looking to hire two reporters. To apply, contact Steven Blank at email@example.com.