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The Firewall
1401 K St. NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC (United States)


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Staff Writer

Job ID: 56146
Job Views: 377
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Job Category: Online | New Media
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Posted: 01.11.2019

Job Description

The Firewall, a new nonprofit news site dedicated to covering efforts to improve American democracy, is seeking an energetic, self-motivated reporter to write about money in politics, redistricting, voting rights, government ethics and other issues challenging functional governments in Washington and across the country. The staff writer’s reporting will help establish The Firewall as the leading source of all coverage of political reform. By reporting on a breadth of issues, the staff writer will develop into an expert on our coverage and become a go-to source for other media outlets seeking expert opinions. By pairing excellent reporting and writing skills with a strong social media presence, the staff writer will help grow The Firewall’s profile and audience.


  • Research, report and write about a beat, as assigned or approved by the editor-in-chief.

  • Write clearly and intelligently for a diverse audience of political reform activists, the media, policymakers and the general public.

  • Become an expert in the issues we are covering

  • Report with accuracy

  • Evaluate performance and prioritize ideas through analysis of digital traffic

Thought Leadership

  • Develop and cater to an influential social media following

  • Develop sources and relationships within the reform community

  • Speak on panels and at conferences relevant to [Democracy Dispatch] subject matter

Additional Information:

The Firewall provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual identity and expression, status as a veteran, national origin, age or disability.

Salary & Benefits:

The Firewall offers competitive benefits for all full-time employees. 

How to Apply

Email a single pdf that includes a resume, a cover letter with salary expectations, and reporting samples to Please include “Staff Writer” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the volume of applications, we will unfortunately not be able to acknowledge receipt of all applications. No phone calls please.

Job Requirements

  • 3-5 years of experience reporting on government, political reform or related industries

  • Excellent interviewing, reporting and writing skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • High capacity to work under deadline

  • Strong news judgement

  • Active social media presence

  • Self motivated with a positive and professional approach

  • Familiarity with political reform community preferred

  • Ability to shoot and edit digital video a plus

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