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General Assignment Reporter

Job ID: 4219
Job Views: 611
Location: AUSTIN, Texas, United States
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Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 02.03.2021

Job Description

The Texas Tribune is seeking a general assignment reporter to help its innovative newsroom tell some of the most important stories happening in Texas.

This reporter will focus on writing quick-turn enterprise stories off the news of the day or the week. One day could bring an assignment on a proposed investigation into Fort Hood. Another day could have this reporter working with the health team to contextualize the latest chapter in the state's coronavirus vaccine rollout. This reporter will help deliver the big picture to the Tribune’s growing and loyal audience, in a state that always has the nation’s attention.

When not working on those quick-turn stories, the GA reporter is expected to regularly pitch ambitious, authoritative and well-reported stories that help drive the news agenda. This coverage will be informed by the overall news direction and priorities of the Tribune’s editors, and will reflect a deeply collaborative approach to working with colleagues on key beats. 

This reporter will also be expected to take the lead on a range of key assignments. These assignments will reflect editorial priorities related to a specific topic — such as the coronavirus pandemic and campaign finance — and the reporter and their editor will work closely with beat reporters and editors, and with the multimedia and data visuals teams, on approaches to our coverage across platforms. 

The general assignment reporter, as is expected of all Tribune reporters, will pitch in on major breaking news on an as-needed basis as determined by editors. This reporter will also be responsible to help with our legislative and elections coverage.

The general assignment reporter will actively participate in Tribune events, and represent the newsroom in broadcast media appearances under the guidance of the Marketing and Communications Director.


  • Write accurate, clear and well-reported stories while facing daily deadlines

  • Identify and pitch stories on various subjects

  • Write and update stories on the news of the day

  • Work with other reporters on various assignments

  • Collaborate with other departments for various assignments

  • Occasional travel and work on nights, weekends and holidays


  • Preferred 1-3 years of journalism experience

  • Terrific news judgment

  • Thrives under tight deadlines

  • A passion and talent for jumping on quick-turn enterprise writing

  • Impeccable reporting, fact-checking and writing skills

  • A strong familiarity with journalistic ethics and libel law

  • A firm grasp of AP style

  • Spanish-language skills are preferred

We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

This is a full-time, exempt position with the following Texas Tribune benefits:

  • downtown office with paid parking or commuting stipend 

  • medical, vision and dental insurance

  • cell phone stipend

  • 20 days of paid time off each year

  • 16 weeks of paid family leave

  • 401(k) matching

  • support for professional training and attending industry conferences

As a part of our pandemic safety precautions, Texas Tribune employees are working remotely until at least July 2021. This position will eventually be based in Austin. 

How to Apply:

Click here to submit your application by February 16. Along with a résumé, please submit three writing clips and a cover letter summarizing how you’d approach this job. We can't wait to hear from you.

The Texas Tribune is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for all, and we encourage applicants of all identities, backgrounds, ages, and abilities to apply. Learn more about The Texas Tribune here.

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