Albany's Capitol Building. Photo: Albany.org
Albany’s Capitol Building. Photo: Albany.org


Position/Title: New York State Child Welfare Reporter

Compensation: Competitive. This is a full-time position with benefits. 

The Chronicle of Social Change, an independent, nonprofit news site, is looking for a journalist to join our New York bureau. Your reporting will focus on one of the most high-stakes, overlooked functions of government: the child welfare system.

The bureau has had an exciting year in New York City and is now looking to strengthen its statewide coverage. Our watchdog reporting recently helped pressure officials to direct more than $1 million toward reforming a troubled children’s shelter. The bureau has also co-published with local and national news outlets, including Vice, Washington Monthly, The Crime Report and The New York Daily News, and other newspapers statewide. We regularly break news read by decision-makers, including elected officials, executives, and other journalists. 

Our new statewide reporter will focus on state-level legislative issues along with child welfare and juvenile justice coverage in upstate and western New York. The ideal candidate will be able to obtain public records. They will be comfortable interviewing sources ranging from youth in foster care and their families, to politicians and advocates. You must have experience listening and accurately describing issues critical to vulnerable groups from diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. 

This position’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Weekly reporting for The Chronicle of Social Change.
  • Assisting the rest of the team on long-term projects.
  • Putting together a monthly newsletter. 

We are seeking someone with one to three years of journalism experience. Candidates are encouraged to apply from anywhere, but preference will be given to those willing to live at least part-time in Albany. An entrepreneurial attitude, and an interest in the growing field of nonprofit news, are also a plus. Above all, we are looking for candidates who are creative, curious, and eager, and interested in finding untold stories. 

The Chronicle of Social Change is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse newsroom that strengthens the quality of our journalism and our workplace. We strongly encourage applications from qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender and sexual orientations, physical abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds and national origins.

How to Apply

Please submit the following by email to hr@fosteringmediaconnections.org:

  • A résumé, and a cover letter
  • Two writing clips, two story ideas, two references (only 2 of each please)

This position will remain open until filled.