News Reporters

Center for Study of Responsive Law
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 28

Position description

We are looking for courageous, tenacious reporters to prowl the halls of Congress looking for the stories that are neglected or missed by the mainstream media.

Media coverage of Congress borders on farce. Press briefings by leaders of both parties in the House and Senate are marked by scripted statements and conventional questions. Most Capitol Hill reporting focuses on the routine daily activities of Congress. The rare stories about the corrosive impact of special interest money and lobbying only capture a fraction of congressional betrayals of the public.

The Publication

We propose a weekly print newspaper (online version to come) on Congress – its actions and inactions.

This publication will produce stories that will help the public to assess whether Congress is doing its job and advancing the public interest.

Key Beats

1. Congressional Corruption – its many ways and means.

2. Corporate Accountability & Corporate Crime – the vast Congressional abdication.

3. Congressional Accountability (Barriers to Voting, Gerrymandering)

4. Inequality (Taxes, Wages, Housing, Criminal Justice, Race, Immigration)

5. Energy & the Environment (climate) – the chronic imbalance of power.

6. Consumer Protection (Food Safety, Contracts of Adhesion, Tort Law)

7. Money & Politics pay offs – drug companies, Boeing, Banks.

8. Advancing Democracy empowerment and Civic Culture (Banding Together, Civil Justice)

9. Foreign Policy (War and Peace, Human Rights, Militarism) and Congressional surrenders.

10. What the Civic Leaders are saying and trying to do.

11. Coming struggle for control of the Commons.

12. Congress – why half a week on the job between long recesses?

13. Productivity of Congressional Committees. Accessibility to the citizenry.

14. Surfacing left/right convergence on key issues like corporate welfare.

15. What is meant by ‘constituent services’?

The Job

We are looking for energetic and passionate reporters who have a nose for news, an eye for detail and the skill to write compelling articles about important matters.

Responsibilities

  • Uncover interesting and significant news from Capitol Hill to home districts
  • Gather, corroborate and interpret data
  • Interview key persons (witnesses, sources etc.) to obtain more information
  • Use findings to construct a well-written article
  • Retain awareness of the readers’ point of view
  • Obtain first-hand information by being present in happenings
  • Receive assignments or investigate news leads/tips
  • Comply with the moral code of the profession
  • Maintain notes and audio recordings
  • Partner with other journalists, editors, producers etc
  • Establish contacts and sources for use in future research
  • Keep abreast on developments by studying papers, attending events etc.

Qualifications

  • Proven working experience as a journalist or reporter
  • Ability to meet deadlines and fact-check information
  • Current knowledge of public policy and Congress
  • Ability to extract information from people and documents
  • Writing samples required, portfolio of published articles or newscasts a plus

Application instructions

Please submit a resume and a portfolio of published articles, op-eds or newscasts.

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