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