100 Days in Appalachia is seeking a knowledgeable and motivated contract reporter to cover democracy, voting access and impacts of voter manipulation ahead of the 2024 election.

The ideal candidate is someone experienced in reporting on matters relating to state and local elections in the Appalachian region who can address current misinformation and disinformation – particularly in Appalachian communities, and produce reporting that can help ensure a free, fair presidential election as well as key down-ballot elections in our region, which include the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

This candidate will foster direct community engagement by addressing diverse regional concerns, create state-by-state election guides, address key national issues through the lens of Appalachian communities, and work collaboratively with our team of editors, writers and reporters, as well as other project partners, to create a consistent and trusted voice on election matters across our digital platforms.

The democracy reporter will have a passion for reporting on the complex state of Appalachian politics and divides, while also cultivating difference-bridging reporting that earns trust and builds community among our diverse audiences. The ideal candidate is an Appalachian native who lives in the region, but we will consider applicants who have chosen Appalachia as their home. We anticipate an initial commitment of 35-40 hours of work per month in this part-time position as we grow this area of coverage, but are open to flexible arrangements with the right team member.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and three writing samples to the digital managing editor at [email protected]. If those samples are on a digital platform that has a paywall, please include a login. 

100 Days in Appalachia is a digital news publication that serves both national and international audiences seeking new insights and rural context for the political fractures that resonate across many American communities. Our mission is to push back against the national narrative of the region that has reduced it to a handful of narrow stories and amplify the missing voices and unique perspectives of Appalachia.