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We’re hiring!

The Minnesota Independent is hiring one half-time reporter/blogger.

The reporter will help in coverage of the Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota aspects of the 2012 presidential race, local and statewide politics and policy, and a range of other issues important to Minnesotans.

The successful candidate will be a prolific, versatile, tenacious writer who can bring enthusiasm to beat reporting and regularly put together aggressive investigative pieces that focus on accountability in the public realm.

The individual will work with MnIndy Editor Paul Schmelzer in coordination with The American Independent News Network’s (AINN) national editorial staff.

The role’s key criteria for success is generating “impact journalism,” with reporting that demonstrably affects the public debate and advances the common good. MnIndy’ s staff achieves this goal through a combination of aggressive reporting and tenacious, insightful blogging.

Responsibilities include:

• Report and post throughout each weekday, filing the equivalent of 10 stories per week — a minimum of one of which is a feature-length piece.

• Break stories that frequently achieve demonstrable impact, creating tangible effects and changes for the common good.

• Be an active user of Facebook, Twitter and other social media to promote your own pieces and to engage the political blogosphere.

• Participate in all site-wide meetings and daily updates with editor.

• Work with MnIndy and AINN’ s outreach team to help promote your work and the site as needed.

• Adhere to the program’s journalistic code of ethics.

Preferred candidates will have experience in political reporting plus blogging and/or online journalism and will be intimately familiar with Minnesota politics.

To apply send a résumé, a one-page cover letter and three recent clips to paul@tainews.org.

Overview

The Minnesota Independent is a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site, providing daily original investigative reporting and analysis of state and local issues. Its writers have won numerous awards, including Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards and the University of Minnesota School of Journalism’s Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award.

An American Independent News Network site, it investigates and disseminates news that impacts public debate and advances the common good. The American Independent News Network operates a nonprofit, nonpartisan network of online news sites: The American Independent, The Colorado Independent, The Florida Independent, The Iowa Independent, The Michigan Messenger, The Minnesota Independent, The New Mexico Independent, The North Carolina Independent News, The Texas Independent and The Washington Independent.

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