News & Politics Writer

Employer
Salon
Location
Washington, D.C.
Salary
Competitive rate
Posted
Mar 13, 2019
Metro Area
Washington
Duration
Contract

Salon Media Group (publisher of Salon.com) is seeking a news and politics writer with experience covering national politics, especially Capitol Hill and the U.S. government. The job will be based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. 

Position Description:

We are a fast-paced, high-volume editorial environment and we want a talented journalist who can match our pace. 

We are seeking a highly-organized, deadline and detail-oriented professional with reporting experience, writing talent, an independent mind and a sharp and an eye for intriguing, original stories

In this role, you will report directly to our executive editor in New York and work closely with our news team. The writer will enterprise, report and write news and politics stories, primarily focused on Capitol Hill, the Trump administration and the 2020 presidential campaign, aimed at Salon's core audience of intelligent, cosmopolitan readers — and with an eye toward expanding it.  

The ideal candidate will have experience reporting and writing in a digital news environment, SEO experience and basic familiarity with a WordPress-based CMS. Preference will be given to candidates with daily news writing experience and a demonstrated ability to enterprise a beat, work simultaneously on fast news stories and medium-term reported projects, and deliver multiple pieces in a work day. stories each day. 

In addition to a confident knowledge of national politics and relevant writing and reporting experience, the ideal candidate will also have experience on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Quora and Hootsuite) and be willing to promote his or her stories and act as a public face of Salon in those venues.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication and decision-making skills with the ability to think creatively;
  • Ability to write clean copy that requires minimal rewrite and copyediting;
  • Strong entrepreneurial, organizational and time management skills.

Equipment/Software Used:

  • Most PC based applications (Microsoft Office Suite)
  • WordPress-based CMS 
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro)

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