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


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Staff Writer

Job ID: 56361
Job Views: 549
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Postal Code: 20005
Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 03.04.2019

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

Job Requirements

  • 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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