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Federal Politics Reporter

Job ID: 53220
Job Views: 95
Location: Washington DC, District of Columbia, United States
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Job Category: Online/New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 04.17.2017

Job Description


Can you relentlessly pursue political operatives and lobbyists, find journalistic gold in government documents, reveal the inner workings of shady political organizations and explain to readers how swamps are drained — or not?

The Center for Public Integrity, Washington’s best nonprofit investigative newsroom, is looking for a relentless, creative and whip-smart reporter to join its federal politics reporting team.

This federal politics reporter will primarily be responsible for reporting and writing news stories about how money and special interests affect federal politics and government. Particular focus will be paid to the Trump administration and Democrats’ attempts claw their way back into power after a disastrous 2016 election.

The federal politics reporter will write stories for the Center for Public Integrity’s website,, and for distribution through the digital, print and broadcast outlets of our national media partners, such as NBC News, TIME, Public Radio International, The Atlantic and POLITICO Magazine. Additionally, this reporter will be expected to maintain an active presence on social media and develop digital storytelling skills.


1.         Work closely with the federal politics team editor to write both daily and in-depth stories aimed at rooting out the identity and agenda of those funding federal election and lobbying efforts

2.         Use sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting to develop, report and write exclusive government accountability stories and investigative projects

3.         Coordinate with multimedia team to create interactive, audience-directed content

4.         Coordinate with computer-assisted reporting team to integrate data into articles

5.         Provide political analysis on television, radio and online-only programs

6.         Compile documentation to facilitate fact checking

7.         Adhere to Code of Ethics and Editorial Standards and Practices of the Personnel Policy Manual and Employee Handbook

8.         Other duties as assigned


Experience: At least three years of professional journalism experience and a demonstrated ability to independently report stories and generate story ideas

Education:  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent


•          Superb research, writing, reporting and problem-solving skills

•          Fearlessness when hunting for a story

•          Familiarity with and ability to use databases and spreadsheets

•          Excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to work well with a diverse range of people

•          Ability to take initiative, receive constructive feedback and work with minimal supervision

•          Ability to both teach and learn from fellow political reporters

•          Advanced data analysis and/or data visualization skill are not required, but desirable


•          Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and deadlines

•          Ability and willingness to collaborate with other reporters and editors

•          Commitment to the values and mission of the Center for Public Integrity

•          Some travel

To apply: Please send a resume, three references and five clips to . Include “federal politics reporter” in email subject line.


The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by investigative journalist Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. We are also the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. 

Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

The Center for Public Integrity is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds with excellent investigative journalism skills. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently-abled people are encouraged to apply. 

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