Staff Reporter - Electoral Justice

Working from home
Starting salary between $60-65K + a comprehensive, progressive benefit program
Oct 07, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

Prism, the nonprofit affiliate of Daily Kos, is a new media experience that challenges dominant national narratives around important issues by centering people closest to the problems. A prism doesn’t change the world around you but it changes how you see it. Prism is introducing leaders changing the face of what power and politics look like in this country. We believe it's time for a media that reflects all of us.

Prism is hiring a Staff Reporter to contribute to our coverage of electoral justice, which encompasses issues of voting rights, voter suppression, gerrymandering, whether elected officials reflect the composition of the communities they represent and our country as a whole, and more. Day to day, they will produce a mix of articles, narratives, and features. To this end, this reporter must be fluent in a number of formats, comfortable with anything from a long-form essay to a profile of a local politician to investigative reporting and FOIA requests. This position can be remote. 

The Staff Reporter will work in concert with other Prism reporters to zoom in on specific electoral justice issues facing underrepresented communities. Apart from their primary focus on electoral justice, the reporter will have the opportunity to work on stories for Prism's criminal justice vertical and on other subjects as they arise. The reporter will also have the opportunity to innovate and create new ways to advance our meta-narratives, including via multimedia additions like podcasting and video.

The Staff Reporter must excel at collaboration, as they will work closely with the Managing Editor, Reporting Team, contributing writers, and Senior Fellows. Prism’s Senior Fellows are national leaders who help establish the big ideas that will guide the vertical’s narrative; staff reporters and contributing writers will delve into and advance these ideas through their contributions. 

Applicants should have at least three to five years’ experience covering voting rights, voter suppression, reflective democracy, legislative bodies, and/or government generally; and general assignments. If you don't fit perfectly into this criteria but have a strong reporting background and want to tell us about the interest and unique skills and experience you would bring to this coverage area, we encourage you to apply. Your application should reflect what you’ve done, what you can do, and what you would—or would want to—do as a Staff Reporter at Prism. 

Prism is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We seek to identify, support, and promote the voices of marginalized leaders and journalists, centering their personal stories along with the issues facing their communities. We leverage Daily Kos’s multi-million reader reach to educate a growing progressive readership. 

Consistent with our mission, we believe the experiences of people of color, LGBTQ persons, and women should be centered in our work and we encourage people from these communities to apply to join us. We look forward to hearing from candidates why they are interested in and how they would inhabit this role.

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