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The Associated Press seeks an enterprising reporter with a proven track record of developing sources and breaking stories to cover water regulatory and policy developments west of the Mississippi as a newsperson, based in Washington, D.C.
This is a temporary position, lasting for two years. Reporting to a deputy health and science editor, this reporter will focus on actions at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Interior, Agriculture, Commerce and Energy departments (among others) that have impact on water use and overuse, water rights, water quality and safety, food production, dams, development, flooding and natural habitats. The successful candidate will report on key legislation in Congress and federal court decisions that alter how water resources are managed, and work with AP reporters nationwide to generate stories that connect regulatory actions with on-the-ground impacts. This reporter will be comfortable reporting with data, freedom of information requests, in multiple media formats, and using social media to break news and develop sources. This newsperson must have the ability and willingness to work any shift, including at night and on weekends, or as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.
The successful candidate will:
Qualifications: This newsperson must have demonstrated excellence as a beat reporter covering government agencies, the environment, science or health, with a record of delivering exclusive and distinctive spot news and enterprise stories on a complex and challenging beat. Applicants must be able to explain complex stories in clear and compelling ways and do so swiftly and accurately on tight deadlines. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively as a member of a team and should have at least two years of full-time experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet, or an AP bureau or regional desk.
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