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Climate, Energy & Environment Reporter, the U.S. South

**This position has been filled.**

InsideClimate News is looking to hire an ambitious and enterprising journalist based in the American South to report on climate, energy and environmental issues. This is an exciting opportunity to establish the first hub of ICN's National Environment Reporting Network, which aims to revive and embolden local environmental journalism. Coverage areas for this full-time position will include—but are not limited to—Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and the Carolinas.

The reporter will seek out meaningful, accessible stories for ICN and help develop a regional network that will pool journalistic resources across news organizations. You'll team up with ICN editors to help commission joint projects and to convene meetings of regional newsrooms to work together on climate, energy and environmental coverage.

We seek a tenacious journalist who has a clear and compelling vision of how to expand our award-winning coverage to the South. We want someone who is driven to reignite local conversations about the environment that have gone missing as environmental journalism has been hollowed out in many markets.

You should understand the region well and how environmental issues are shaping policy, politics and the lives of people—from extreme weather and extreme pipeline battles to climate regulation rollbacks and alternative energy opportunities. You should have a keen eye for news and for important, under-reported stories; be committed to becoming an influential voice in the region; and be excited about building a loyal following around Southern environmental issues. We're looking for a self-starter who is able to work independently, write with authority and edge, and who has expertise in social media. You should live in the South—or have lived there previously, and be eager to move back.

This is a chance to be part of a team that has become a leader in deep reporting on climate change accountability and other energy issues. ICN aims to expand our current staff of 16 in the next few years to more fully cover climate and energy in every corner of the country and to establish a permanent newsroom devoted exclusively to environmental journalism.

We prize accuracy, creativity, clarity, flexibility, adherence to deadlines, good news judgment and a strong work ethic. An ability to excel in the culture of an entrepreneurial and collaborative news organization is a must.


- Minimum of five years of journalism experience

- Superlative people skills and collaborative nature

- Confidence working independently under deadline pressure

- Passion for accountability journalism

- Keen understanding of the U.S. South

- Experience writing about climate, energy and environmental issues, and an active social media presence, are pluses

About ICN

Founded in 2007, InsideClimate News is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan news organization that covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy and environmental science—plus the territory in between where law, policy and public opinion are shaped. Already one of the largest environmental newsrooms in the country, ICN is committed to establishing a permanent national reporting network, to training the next generation of journalists, and to strengthening the practice of environmental journalism.

Our operation is largely virtual: We have a hub in New York, one in D.C. and another in Boston, and staff from California to Maine. Our newsroom has always been driven by self-starters. We are staffed by professional journalists, many of whom bring decades of experience from leading media organizations, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, ProPublica, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News and Frontline. Others come from top programs for science writing and investigative journalism, among other backgrounds. Good ideas propel the operation, wherever they originate.

We have a supportive culture of collaboration and high standards of professionalism. At our core, we are motivated by accountability journalism and storytelling that has the impact to improve the public interest.

We have earned national recognition for our work and many of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. For more, please see: http://insideclimatenews.org/about.

To Apply

To apply, send your résumé, a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit and your vision for covering the South, three references, and no more than five links to your best clips to:

Stacy Feldman (executive editor) at


Other Jobs at ICN

InsideClimate News seeks to make several hires in the coming year(s) to expand the scope and depth of our decade-old operation.

If you'd like to explore a fit with ICN, please get in touch and let's start a conversation. A big plus of any of these jobs is good knowledge of the climate and energy arena—the history, the issues and the major players.

To Apply

To apply, send your résumé, a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit, three references, and no more than five links to your best clips to:

Stacy Feldman (executive editor) at


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