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Washington Correspondent

Washington DC

Industry

Online Media / Political News

Duration

Regular,Full-Time

Job Description

Primary Responsibilities

TYT’s Washington Correspondent will be responsible for coverage of big, national stories, as well as unearthing their own, original stories. The reporter’s beat will center on Congress and the White House. Other coverage will include just about every aspect of DC: The judiciary, regulators, federal agencies, the military, lobbying, public advocacy, campaign committees, political action committees, and more. The reporter will cover governance, influence, political, and campaign news (including but not limited to money in politics and original reporting on campaign donations).

Stories will range from short, quick-turnaround writeups of big, developing stories to long-form, long-term investigative/original reporting. Some stories will be assigned, and the reporter will be expected to generate original pitches on a regular basis, as well. The reporter will be expected to develop networks and contacts both inside and outside government.

This position reports to the Managing Editor. The job will entail regular use of online reporting tools, monitoring and researching public disclosure forms, and filing public-records requests. Unlike some political reporting positions, this job will require building networks outside the primary political structures; our political coverage will address and incorporate issues relevant to disenfranchised people and communities, especially the poor and others systematically excluded from access to power. The reporter will also be expected to cover and unearth stories related to the role of money in politics, tracking donations, political action committees, lobbying, conflicts of interest, and more. As circumstances dictate, you may also be asked to take still photographs, shoot video, appear on-camera, and/or shoot and produce on-camera video segments about your reporting.

This job will likely require working weekends and/or odd hours at times, especially in the case of breaking news, late-night news conferences, and similar events.

Requirements

Applicants should be familiar with and know how to use a range of online and procedural methods for researching and obtaining information. This includes but is not limited to knowing how to file public-records requests and/or how to research the procedures for specific agencies, working knowledge of online government and public-interest resources such as FEC.gov, OpenSecrets, IRS.gov, and others. Applicants should specify whatever online resources they have used in their work. Applicants should also know basic standards and protocols for seeking comment and for negotiating terms of attribution for sources who do not wish to be identified fully.

Professional reporting experience preferred; we will consider applicants who demonstrate relevant experience in another field. Must write at a professional level and know how to adhere to AP style. Must understand and be able to observe journalistic standards. Must live within driving distance of Washington, DC, or be willing to relocate there. Please be prepared to submit samples of past work and the names of references (preferably professional journalists).

Additional

TYT is an equal opportunity employer.

Applying

Please email your resume + any related material to [email protected] and include Washington Correspondent in the subject.

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