The Cincinnati Enquirer

Government Watchdog Reporting in Northern Kentucky

Location: Northern Ky.

About the News Organization: Founded in 1841, The Cincinnati Enquirer publishes primarily via the Cincinnati.com website, the Cincinnati.com app and a daily newspaper. Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, The Enquirer is part of the Gannett-owned USA Today network. The local news site covers seven counties in the Greater Cincinnati region, maintains a two-person Columbus, Ohio statehouse bureau, and serves as the primary source for investigative and watchdog journalism in the region. The Enquirer/Cincinnati.com is the No. 1 news source for the Greater Cincinnati metro area, according to comScore.

About the Position: This Report for America corps member will live and work out of Northern Kentucky, watchdogging and explaining the efforts of the three major county governments, the major cities, and the state legislative efforts that are unique to Northern Kentucky. Among the topics of high concern to the Enquirer’s Northern Kentucky audience: growth, poverty, taxes and the upcoming 2019 gubernatorial election. In particular, this reporter will cover what local elected leaders are spending money on, what development projects they’re approving, the Frankfort delegation and how local schools are performing. Northern Kentucky suffers from a critical gap in news coverage: There are zero reporters dedicated to watchdogging Boone, Kenton or Campbell counties (combined population 385,000) or Northern Kentucky’s major cities Covington (population 41,000) and Florence (population 32,000) — an area comparable to New Orleans in population with no media holding leaders accountable.

Preferred Skills: Data journalism, experience covering local government and securing public records, general multimedia skills

Application Deadline: February 8 at 11:59pm ET
Start Date: June 1
Contract Period: One year (12-months) with the possibility of a second year renewal

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