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Immigration Reporter (El Paso)

Job ID: 4696
Job Views: 184
Location: El Paso, Texas, United States
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Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 04.07.2021

Job Description

The award-winning Texas Tribune is hiring an immigration and border security reporter to deliver critical coverage of issues that are regularly part of national debates and often in need of vital context.

The position requires balanced and thoughtful reporting on the human impact of federal immigration policy decisions. Along with the ability to analyze and break down complicated policies, this reporter must have a passion for showing our audience what’s happening on the ground from the perspective of migrants, communities along the Texas-Mexico border and anywhere else where policy decisions are affecting people’s lives.

There is news breaking constantly on this beat, and the immigration reporter must be adept at switching gears when the news requires quick-turn stories to keep the Tribune’s audience informed. This reporter must also break through political talking points to ensure stories are rooted in reality and not perpetuating misinformation.

This beat is highly competitive, so candidates must show how they would aggressively build sourcing to help them break stories through engaging narratives and establish themselves as authorities on these issues.

There will also be opportunities to work with the Tribune-ProPublica investigative team, the Tribune’s Data Visuals team and other Tribune reporters on storylines that traverse multiple subject areas.

The immigration reporter will need to regularly travel throughout Texas and across the Texas-Mexico border. The job also includes coverage of the biennial sessions of the Texas Legislature, races for state and federal elected offices, and beat-related  court cases in Texas and before the U.S. Supreme Court. This reporter will also be pulled into other assignments as news dictates. The immigration reporter will also moderate panel discussions and represent the Tribune at Tribune events.


  • Writing people-focused narratives related to immigration and border security policies

  • Regular travel for reporting 

  • Identifying and pitching breaking news

  • Writing and updating stories on the news of the day

  • Working with other reporters on various assignments

  • Collaborating with the Tribune’s Data Viz, Photo, Multimedia and Audience teams as well as other departments

  • Occasional work on nights, weekends and holidays


  • Preferred 2-5 years of journalism experience

  • An ability to break down complicated immigration policy

  • Fluency in Spanish

  • Terrific news judgment

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines

  • A passion and talent for jumping on breaking news

  • Impeccable reporting, fact-checking and writing skills

  • A strong familiarity with journalistic ethics and libel law

  • A desire and ability to collaborate with other colleagues

We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we 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 El Paso. 

How to Apply:

Click here to submit your application by April 27. 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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