Staff Writer

Posted On: November 21, 2011

Journalism Job

Media Organization: techPresident

Company Description is a resource for news and analysis about the ways that people in politics -- from agitators in city halls to lobbyists and members of Congress -- are using technology to change the way they do what they do, and they way technology is changing them. Founded in 2007, techPresident that year won the Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism for its coverage of the 2007-2008 presidential campaigns. TechPresident writers have also gone on to write for the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Politico, The Atlantic, The American Prospect, The Nation and elsewhere. It is produced by Personal Democracy Media, a digital publisher and conference company that convenes experts and activists from across the political spectrum to discuss the future of politics in the networked world.

Job Description

STAFF WRITER, TECHPRESIDENT.COM is seeking an enterprising and self-starting staff writer to join our team full-time to join us in tracking and reporting on how technology is changing politics, government and civic life.

This is a full-time salaried position, with health benefits. Payment commensurate with experience.

Basic requirements include:
+ Strong writing and critical thinking skills;
+ At least rudimentary knowledge of national politics and of how the Internet works;
+ Strong news sense and an eye for the buried story, counterintuitive position or unspotted trend;
+ Basic use of online content management systems;
+ Must have own laptop

The staff writer will file stories multiple times daily, producing a mix of blog posts and longer pieces. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who can pitch a smart story or take an assignment and turn it into a unique, eye-catching piece with equal aplomb.

Additionally, candidates with the following skills are encouraged to apply:

+ Web scraping and data collection in the language of your choosing (i.e., Python or Ruby);
+ Data-driven analysis using the database of your choosing (Fusion Tables, Access etc.);
+ Investigative journalism/computer-assisted reporting experience a plus;
+ Data visualization experience a plus;
+ Strong skill in HTML/CSS;
+ Layout/design skill, i.e. with Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign;
+ Javascript/Processing a plus

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