Cultural Economy: Staff writer (Part-time)

About us
The Lens is the New Orleans area’s first nonprofit, nonpartisan public-interest newsroom, dedicated to unique investigative and explanatory journalism.

Our mission is to educate, engage and empower readers with information and analysis necessary for them to advocate for a more transparent and just governance that is accountable to the public.

Position overview
The Lens is seeking a part-time investigative reporter for a seven-month investigative project in our cultural economy beat. The reporter would be based in New Orleans. The position would initially last seven months, with an opportunity to renew.

The ideal candidate will be someone who’s able to write both long-form investigative and breaking news stories, who knows how to cultivate sources and who is comfortable with digging through public records.

Last year, The Lens created a new area of focus for our in-depth, public service journalism: the New Orleans cultural and tourism economy. For this project, the beat will be focused on the city’s convention center, its governance and its place in the national convention industry.

Primary Relationships
This position reports to the Editor.

Within The Lens, the position has primary relationships with the publisher, foundation and managing. Outside The Lens, the position coordinates with the board of directors, fundraising volunteers, donors, and funding sources.

Performance expectations
As part of your employment at The Lens you are expected to attend offline engagement events.  Additionally, you may be called on to work with existing partners as well as appearing on behalf of The Lens to promote and strengthen The Lens within the community.

Compensation for this part-time position is commensurate with experience.

Please send resume, cover letter, references and three clips (links or attachments) to Karen Gadbois, Founder and Director at by Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.