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Climate Change Reporter

News Macon, GA



The Macon Telegraph is hiring an environment reporter to cover climate change and environmental issues in middle and western Georgia. Our coverage area includes coal-fired power plants and family peach farms, fast-growing cities and sparsely populated counties in a state that has become a national political battleground.

The position will focus on accountability stories and solutions journalism, writing stories that hold leaders and institutions accountable while highlighting progress toward solving climate change and related issues.

Environmental topics can often seem national or global in scale, issues that concern but don’t impact our daily lives. This journalist will work to localize these issues, examining the impact of climate change on Georgians, countering disinformation with facts and producing concrete work on what can often feel like abstract concepts: How do power companies and large industrial manufacturers impact our air and water quality in Middle Georgia? How is climate change affecting pecan, peach and watermelon production?

The reporter will build sources across the state, balance enterprise and daily reporting and collaborate with journalists at both the Telegraph and our sister paper, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. The reporter will also work with visual journalists, regional teams and a variety of digital tools and insights to ensure audiences engage with their work in a meaningful way.

Job requirements

  • Solid news judgment and strong journalism ethics
  • Two years experience working in a daily newsroom, with experience covering climate change/the environment prefered
  • A commitment to diverse coverage through community engagement and source building
  • The ability to work collaboratively across multiple newsrooms
  • A college degree
  • Reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance (at least the minimum insurance required in Georgia)

About the Telegraph

The Telegraph is a newspaper in Macon, Georgia that publishes seven days a week (six in print). The newsroom is located on the Mercer University campus as part of the Center for Collaborative Journalism, a joint initiative of Mercer, the Telegraph, 13WMAZ and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

The Telegraph covers Macon-Bibb County, a consolidated city-county with more than 150,000 people that boasts a rich musical heritage as the hometown of Little Richard, Otis Redding and members of the Allman Brothers Band. The Telegraph also covers surrounding counties, including Houston County, home to Warner Robins and Robins Air Force Base, one of the state’s largest employers.