The Buffalo News, an award-winning news organization in New York’s second-largest city, is seeking an enterprising reporter to cover Buffalo’s environment and changing climate and the challenges and opportunities both present to the region.
Environmental issues have been of paramount importance in the Buffalo Niagara region for decades. Love Canal, perhaps the worst environmental disaster in the nation’s history, remains a stark example of how the region’s natural resources and its reliance on major industry collided and continue to create tension between economic and ecological interests.
Weather is also a big deal. In the past year, two blizzards crippled parts of the region – the first pounding the snow belt with 7 feet of snow, and the second shutting down the region for days and claiming the lives of almost 50 people. Our temperate summers soften the blow of lake-effect storms, but smoke from Canadian wildfires has led to hazy skies and poor air quality. As much of the world struggles with how to adapt to climate changes, Buffalo finds itself being seen as a climate oasis, thanks to access to fresh water, distance from coastlines and other factors.
The environment and climate reporter will provide practical coverage about the environment, helping readers who are concerned about health, quality of life and the community. This reporter will stay on top of the ecological state of our two Great Lakes and explain why their health matters to our future. This reporter must also consider racial equity as it relates to weather and environmental issues, such as tree coverage in low-income neighborhoods and quality of life and health implications for residents. This reporter should be comfortable using data and developing investigative coverage that uncovers and explains health disparities in communities of color.
A mix of breaking news, quick-turn and longer-range enterprise stories will be expected. This beat is centered on people, and this reporter will connect the dots on complex environmental and climate issues. Storytelling on this beat may be in narrative, video and audio form.
•At least three years of reporting experience
•Background in environmental science or meteorology a plus
•Experience in digital storytelling
•Proficiency in mining data and public records
•Social media skills
Interested applicants should submit a resume and samples of their work. We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply.
Why Join Us?
Lee Enterprises offers competitive wages in a dynamic, interesting work environment with career growth opportunities. We offer an extensive benefit program that can be personalized to your needs. Our benefit program includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, company provided life insurance and supplemental life insurance. In addition, we offer a 401K retirement plan with company match. We also offer generous paid time off to allow the flexibility to balance personal life and work. This includes paid parental leave for new parents.
Lee Enterprises is a major subscription and advertising platform and a leading provider of local news and information, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 74 markets in 26 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have an average daily circulation of 1.0 million, and our legacy websites, including acquisitions, reach more than 34 million digital unique visitors.
Lee Enterprises is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to attracting and retaining a workforce whose diversity reflects the communities we serve. Lee embraces change, and we recognize that we must create and maintain a culture of fervent inclusion. For more information about Lee, check us out at www.lee.net.
We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply.