Carolina Journal is a pioneer in nonprofit journalism, covering news impacting North Carolina in politics, education, health care, regulations, taxes, and other issues with a focus on free markets and advancing freedom. In addition to news, CJ offers readers in-depth investigative stories, polling, cartoons, commentary, and analysis. CJ reporters and editors write daily for and contribute weekly to radio and television news programs across the state, offering up-to-the-minute news and analysis


State Legislative Reporter

We are currently seeking a State Legislative Reporter to join our dynamic team. The ideal candidate will possess strong writing skills, prior journalism/writing experience, in-depth knowledge of the state’s legislative process, and the ability to articulate these ideas on paper and through public speaking.

As a State Legislative Reporter at Carolina Journal, you will be a key player in our mission to provide well-informed coverage of state legislative affairs from a free-market standpoint. Your role will involve producing exceptional journalism encompassing both the written and spoken word. The position will require being in person, with your time split between the North Hills office and the General Assembly in downtown Raleigh. 

Key Responsibilites:

  • Write Comprehensive Articles: Translate complex public policy concepts into accessible language, crafting insightful articles that cover the North Carolina General Assembly and state-level policy and political news. Your writing should provide good context and show a clear understanding of the legislative process and the history of key issues in the legislature.
  • Record and edit video: Video elements add depth to your coverage and help capture the whole story.
  • Public Speaking: Serve as a frequent panelist on our weekly YouTube show, “The Debrief.” Your ability to articulate and discuss current legislative issues is essential in this role. 
  • Conduct interviews by phone, in-person, and on camera: Conduct in-depth interviews with legislators and external experts on critical legislative issues. 
  • Maintain Policy and Political Awareness: Stay well-informed about ongoing policy developments and political dynamics within the NCGA. Remain active on social media and maintain growing relationships with members, legislative staff, and others. This is critical to keeping up with and understanding the ever-changing political and policy landscape.


  • Excellent writing skills
  • College degree in journalism, political science, public policy, or related field
  • Ability to foster trusting relationships inside the state legislature with lawmakers, staff, and others
  • A good understanding of the legislative process and how things work
  • Proficiency in public speaking and the ability to engage with diverse audiences
  • Ability to maintain the utmost professionalism, including on social media, and maintain the core values of the organization

Application Process:

Please submit your resume, a cover letter, references, and relevant writing samples to [email protected] with the subject line: “State Legislative Reporter Application – [Your Name].” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.