Freelance Investigative Journalist

Project On Government Oversight
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Jul-20-2021
  • Posted
    Jul 06

Position description

Founded in 1981 in partnership with whistleblowers, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that works to expose waste, corruption, abuse of power, and when the government fails to serve the public or silences those who report wrongdoing. We champion reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles. POGO has an annual budget of more than $6 million, which supports a staff of over 45 employees.

 

POGO’s investigations and research team is looking for a talented Freelance Investigative Journalist to assist with a project covering the ethics, effectiveness, and oversight of land management by the federal government—including tribal lands, the process of awarding federal assistance to the extractive industries, royalties, land swaps, and the revolving door between government and the private sector. The Freelance Investigative Journalist would primarily work with and report updates to POGO’s Director of Investigations and Research.

We encourage potential applicants to apply even if they only have experience or familiarity in some of the areas described below. We fully recognize that many great candidates will not have experience in all of the areas we list, or may have relevant experiences and skills that we have not listed or considered.
 

Responsibilities include:

  • Research and investigate the ethics, effectiveness, and oversight of land management by the federal government—with a particular focus on tribal lands, the process of awarding federal assistance to the extractive industries, royalties, land swaps, and the revolving door between government and the private sector.
  • Author clean, well-written, and persuasive pieces, materials, and other works based on your investigations to be published on POGO’s website (and possibly on/in other third-party websites and publications)—working with POGO’s editors, fact checkers, communications staff, and others to get the content published and ensure that the content is fair, accurate, and free of errors.
  • Communicate effectively with POGO’s Director of Investigations and Research and other members of the investigations and research team to report investigative leads, topics, work progress, and deadlines, and (if necessary) receive new direction within the scope of the project.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years of investigative journalism experience and a commensurate portfolio of work demonstrating that experience.
  • Experience and/or strong familiarity with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is highly desirable.
  • Outstanding investigative writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, respectful manner with diverse stakeholders.

 

Other information:

This variable-hour contract work is available immediately and would run through December 31, 2021.

Compensation consists of a monthly stipend commensurate with experience, starting at $1,500 per month.

Work under this contract is to be conducted remotely, does not qualify the consultant for any benefits, and requires the consultant to handle all tax matters.

Application instructions

Please submit your resume and portfolio (or other samples of your work) through POGO’s application portal. No phone calls please.

Application Deadline: July 20th, 2021

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