States Newsroom Communications Director

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States Newsroom

Date Posted June 04, 2024
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Other
Telecommute? Telecommute
Job Status Full-time


Join the nation’s largest state-focused nonprofit news network as Communications Director to amplify the reach of our award-winning journalism and the national States Newsroom brand.


States Newsroom is looking for an accomplished, entrepreneurial professional to help with communications, PR and marketing needs for a unique news organization. You’ll handle outreach to other media organizations to promote your colleagues’ work, respond to media requests, support staff media appearances, and develop new strategies to drive awareness of our network. You’ll be responsible for the day-to-day marketing of the States Newsroom brand and work closely with senior leaders on the overall communications strategy for the organization.

The skilled media relations professional, writer and communicator we’ll hire can be based at either of our headquarters offices in Chapel Hill, NC or Washington, DC, or be fully remote within the U.S. Remote candidates must be able to travel to our offices as needed several times per year.

If you have a proven track record in communications and are passionate about state and local journalism’s essential role in our democracy, this job is for you.



The responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee and execute all public affairs and editorial communications, including writing press releases, social posts and other promotional materials
  • Pitch national and regional media appearances and ensure that stories are achieving maximum reach across broadcast media, online/print, podcasts and newsletters
  • Collaborate with editorial, digital, and membership staff to develop strategies and execute outreach and marketing plans for our journalism and States Newsroom brand
  • Organize professional media training sessions
  • Track the impact of our journalism for reports and fundraising presentations
  • Pitch trade press stories that highlight our products and technical developments
  • Cultivate journalists, reporters, thought leaders and new media figures to raise awareness of our work
  • Help connect our work to communities that have been historically overlooked or marginalized in state policy development
  • Support state-level staff with communications and outreach to their audiences
  • Occasional travel may be required



We’re looking for someone who demonstrates:

  • Enthusiastic support for the power of journalism in democracy
  • At least five to 10 years experience in public relations or marketing roles, including at least some for a news organization, or an equivalent combination of newsroom and communications experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong news judgment and ability to produce accurate communications on deadline
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and priorities
  • Excitement for collaboration and innovation across teams
  • Strategic and creative vision for an expansive and growing news organization
  • Great self-direction and the ability to manage short- and long-term tasks

The minimum salary for this position is $90,000 and rises with experience.  Our generous benefits package includes:

  • Premium-free platinum healthcare for employees and their families (i.e., nothing comes out of your paycheck!)
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • 2 weeks of personal leave per year
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 20 hours of paid volunteer time per year
  • $75 monthly cell phone reimbursement
  • $200 cell phone replacement benefit every two years
  • $75 monthly fitness benefit
  • 401K with up to 3% match
  • 12 weeks of parental leave
  • Full-service EAP

Authorization to work in the United States is required. All States Newsroom employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID within 30 days of hire. States Newsroom will provide all necessary equipment.



States Newsroom is dedicated to producing journalism at all levels — from quick hit to investigative — but we also aim to be supportive, exciting, welcoming and positive. We believe in creating sustainable careers for journalists on the crucial state government beat.

States Newsroom’s mission is to connect people to the power that shapes their daily lives through relentless reporting and incisive commentary on state government and policy. Journalism is a powerful force for social change, uniquely suited to challenging systemic inequality and racism. Our goal is to build an organization that fulfills that mission. At States Newsroom, we believe we strengthen our work and improve our insights when we incorporate the perspectives of people who come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences.

We are committed to diversity and prioritize equity in all recruiting and hiring. We are always working to better represent our communities and are supported in these efforts by a network-wide Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice committee.



To apply, send a cover letter and resume with at least three professional references and links you’d like considered to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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