Florida/Georgia Correspondent

Florida or Georgia
Feb 25, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
United States Project Editors
Digital Media
Columbia Journalism Review is seeking a part-time freelance correspondent based in Florida or Georgia for its United States Project in 2013.

The mission of the United States Project is to be a force for better journalism about politics and policy, with special focus on the use of rhetoric and money to influence the policy discussion, and an emphasis on the ongoing debate about the fiscal future of the nation. The project includes contributors who will critique media coverage of healthcare policy, tax and budget debates, and the role of money in politics, and also monitor misinformation in political discourse.

The correspondent will monitor coverage of these and other issues in both Florida and Georgia-based media and develop relationships with editors, reporters, and producers on politics desks in these states. Responsibilities will include writing at least two media criticism posts per month for publication on CJR.org, spotlighting particularly outstanding or lackluster work and identifying avenues for stronger coverage.

Responsibilities will also include regular outreach to journalists in these states to suggest story themes, highlight strong work, draw attention to relevant posts at CJR.org or other sites, and solicit suggestions for how CJR can provide helpful resources for reporters. The correspondent will summarize these interactions and offer a brief assessment of coverage trends in the region in biweekly memos to the project’s editorial staff.

A minimum of 3-5 years in news reporting is strongly preferred, and experience in politics/policy coverage is a plus. News junkies wanted. Candidates should have strong communication skills, facility across a range of social media platforms, and an appreciation for the issues—both material and philosophical—currently affecting journalism.

This is a part-time freelance opportunity, available through November 2013. Compensation is $1500 per month. The envisioned workload is roughly 15 hours a week, on a flexible schedule subject to discussion between the correspondent and CJR editors.

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