The Illinois Answers Project, a nonprofit, Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom, is seeking an enterprising journalist to join our investigative and solutions newsroom. Illinois Answers, a publication of the Better Government Association, aims to increase transparency, equity and accountability in government to benefit all Illinoisans.  

We are seeking an experienced reporter who is capable of developing quick-turn investigative and solutions pieces, exposing problems, examining solutions, actively engaging local residents and galvanizing public demand for better government in Illinois. This reporter should also focus on developing sources who can help us document hidden agendas and inequitable or unexpected outcomes of government actions, stay ahead of corruption investigations and expose conflicts of interest, waste, fraud and abuse.

As a reporter for Illinois Answers, the successful candidate will:

  • Develop quick-turn and long-term investigative and solutions pieces, working both independently and with other journalists. 
  • Pitch and execute compelling narrative stories that are bolstered by public records and data to holistically report on issues affecting communities. 
  • Seek out ways to partner with outside news organizations and work collaboratively on projects to publish stories with urgency and efficiency.
  • Have a strong grasp of key issues affecting city, county and state government. 

Candidate requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or other relevant discipline
  • Minimum of five years of experience in daily, enterprise or investigative reporting
  • Demonstrated experience with public records and data
  • Excellent communication and time-management skills

Compensation and Benefits

Salary for a fully qualified candidate begins at $75,000 but is negotiable based on experience. Position also includes medical and dental insurance; vision and commuter benefits; a comprehensive paid time off package; and a 401(k) with an employer match.

We are looking for a high-potential colleague who can contribute to the success of the Illinois Answer Project. Candidates who may not meet all of these qualifications or have relevant skills that are not listed are invited to apply. Please tell us why you’d be a great contribution to the Illinois Answers Project team.

How to Apply

Submit your cover letter, resume and three to five writing samples to jobs@bettergov.org. We will begin reviewing submissions immediately and we will consider applicants while the posting remains on our website. 

We encourage applicants from traditionally underrepresented communities, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities. The Better Government Association is an equal opportunity employer. We’re committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness for all employees. We welcome the unique contributions you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

The Illinois Answers Project is Illinois’ nonpartisan investigations and solutions journalism news organization. We are published by the Better Government Association, Illinois’ nonprofit full-service watchdog organization.