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Traffic Lab Reporter

The Seattle Times, a Pulitzer Prize-winning media company and one of the few remaining independent news organizations in the country, is seeking a creative, intensely curious Reporter to cover transportation as part of our community-funded Traffic Lab team. As a member of a premiere news lab, you should be innately comfortable navigating agency budgets and bureaucracies, able to explain complicated issues and projects for readers, and imagine the beat through an equity lens especially with underrepresented communities. This position calls for someone who can serve as a watchdog for agencies and contractors while highlighting possible solutions to complex transportation problems. Success in this role depends on your ability to populate compelling enterprise stories with a diverse cast of people across the region who rely on the transportation system every day.

Please note: while currently remote, this position will require some work in our Seattle office once normal operations resume. Applicants should be current (or future) residents of the Puget Sound area.


This is a community-funded position and is subject to grant renewal. While renewal is anticipated, funding for this role is not guaranteed. As such, the grant is expected to run two years. To learn more about our grant-funded projects, click here.



  • Prepare accurate, fair, balanced and carefully researched stories and multimedia posts to meet assigned deadlines.
  • Seek a variety of sources in covering a story. Seek out and act quickly on story opportunities on all platforms.
  • Aggressively follow through on stories, including interacting with readers after publication through chats, comments or other engagement tools.
  • Handle a variety of stories and writing approaches. Write with authority based on a clear understanding of a topic or beat.
  • Develop sources on continuing stories while maintaining a steady flow of new story ideas.
  • Produce enterprise stories and stay ahead of stories by anticipating or uncovering developments.
  • Use documents effectively and link to source documents from stories.
  • Seek diversity in coverage.
  • Be willing to take leadership of a story or project.



We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your Cover Letter.

  • Experience: Minimum of three years of reporting experience, with a demonstrated record of enterprise story packages as well as breaking news.
  • Education: Four-year degree in Journalism or Communications or equivalent work experience.
  • Cultural competence and familiarity with inclusive journalism practices, and a demonstrated commitment to inclusive coverage.
  • Experience with WordPress and other online publishing systems and spreadsheet software such as Excel.
  • Strong reporting skills, including use of social media and tools such as databases and public records requests. Good news judgment, with an ability to decide quickly and confidently a story’s potential.
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, accurate, engaging.
  • Excellent grammar and language skills.
  • Social media skills, including the ability to use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social networks to disseminate news, reach new audiences and track the changing social landscape.
  • Reader engagement skills, including participation in chats, comments and use of engagement tools.
  • Comfortable representing The Seattle Times in public settings such as interviews, panel discussions or other presentations.


This position requires a criminal background check and drug screen for controlled substances (including marijuana) once an offer is made. This position also requires you to join a union and pay ongoing union dues regularly.


Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, Seattle Times Media Solutions combines cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.


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