Drilled News, an independent news outlet covering climate accountability, is currently taking applications for stringers in these geographic areas: 

  • West Texas/Permian Basin
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Ohio River Valley (eastern Ohio and/or western Pennsylvania)
  • Louisiana Gulf Coast

Send your resume, a cover letter, and links to at least three and at most six clips to

If you wish to include clips that aren’t accessible online, please attach them to your resume as separate pages, clearly indicating the headline, run date, and outlet.

Drilled News stringers will cover stories such as:
  • The effects of the fossil fuel industry and its operations (refineries, wells and drilling sites, pipelines, petrochemical plants, etc.) on local communities
  • The sector’s impacts on local and regional workers, economies, and politics
  • Practices in the siting or regulation of fossil fuel and petrochemical projects
  • Anti-protest legislation and laws

What Drilled News pays:
Each stringer receives a $500/month retainer, and $1/word for one feature per month in the range of 1,000-2,000 words, with additional budget available for photo and audio.

What you bring to the job:
A strong track record of enterprise reporting in the geographic area for which you’re applying. Drilled News stringers are expected to have a sharp eye for finding under- or uncovered stories and angles.

Your recent work demonstrates your excellent reporting skills, and ability to pitch and deliver well-written and compelling stories that appeal to general interest readers. 

We encourage you to let us know if you have any of the following skills and experience, although they are not required in order to apply: 

  • Audio reporting for radio or podcast
  • Fluency in a language other than English that’s relevant to the region you’re applying for
  • Working effectively, cheerfully, and cooperatively on a fully remote editorial team 

We believe that because both climate change and the fossil fuel industry’s ongoing practices disproportionately impact those historically marginalized in American society, including women, people of color, Indigenous peoples, and poor people, our local climate accountability reporting must include many stories from and about these communities. So we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities, or who are members of these or other marginalized communities.

About Drilled News:
Drilled News is an independent news outlet focused on climate accountability:

  • The Drilled podcast, launched in 2017, now has an audience of more than one million listeners worldwide, and is consistently among the top 100 science podcasts. Drilled has earned rave reviews from The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and more, and received a 2019 “Excellence in Digital Storytelling” award from the Online News Association.

  • The Drilled News website,, launched in January 2020, gets 25,000 unique visitors a month and continues to grow. Since April 2020, the Drilled News Climate and COVID-19 Policy Tracker has documented dozens of climate change-related rollbacks and industry favors by the Trump administration. The New Republic, The New Yorker, Vox and others have picked up the tracker in their ongoing coronavirus coverage.

  • Our weekly newsletter in collaboration with the Hot Take podcast, launched in Spring 2020, grew from 0 to 4000 subscribers in its first month and continues to attract new readers.
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