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Post Date:Dec 13, 2019Type:Full time
Start Date:1/1/2020Salary:$40,000-$45,000
Location: United States - District of Columbia - Washington Job Reference:
Job Description:

The Well News is looking for a reporter to join its team in Washington, DC. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of experience as a journalist, with a background in generating story ideas and analysis for a sophisticated audience that includes industry executives, lobbying groups, policymakers and legislators. The reporter will be expected to develop sources in regulatory agencies, and connections on and off Capitol Hill, including trade groups and lobbying associations. Excellent writing skills along with experience working with social media networks are musts.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Mastery of reporting and writing skills required to produce news stories and features with minimal editing under deadline
  • Proven ability to develop and cover a beat, including developing sources, developing story ideas, and conducting interviews
  • In-depth knowledge of federal and state legislative, regulatory, and judicial processes
  • Meet deadlines and file clean, concise, and comprehensive copy on complex issues with a high degree of accuracy, balance and relatability
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and must be curious and able to generate feature ideas
  • Must have attention to detail, industry knowledge and the ability to interpret data for trend stories
  • Collaborate to develop story ideas, schedule them and deliver them on time while keeping in close touch about developments on news beat 
  • Digest large amounts of information, “see the story,” and execute with urgency as needed
  • Must demonstrate an ability to mine legislation and regulatory filings for incisive stories
  • Considers alternative means of telling stories, including graphics and video when appropriate
  • Develops and consistently maintain high-level sources in the government and private sector
  • Participates in special projects and performs other duties as assigned
  • Engage with The Well News readers through various social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, and bring new ideas to the table for growing Facebook fans and Twitter followers
  • Writing vivid, original articles, ranging in length from 300 words to more than 1,000 words, for publication; clean copy is mandatory
  • Participate in story planning meetings

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • College degree or equivalent
  • B.A. in journalism or related field
  • A minimum of 3+ years’ experience in journalism, including at least two years reporting on Congress
  • Mastery of journalism principles and techniques
  • Expertise using AP style
  • Experience covering regulatory agencies, Congress and/or policy issues
  • The ability to write clearly and concisely for a sophisticated, executive-level audience
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability to juggle multiple assignments and tight deadlines
  • Commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
  • High level of initiative required and the ability to work independently
  • Willingness to contribute and coordinate as needed as a member of a small team
  • Candidates most likely to excel in this position will be ones who are self-started, motivated by excellence, competitive, curious, and also enjoy being part of a small team
  • Ability to capture photos of interview subjects or relevant imagery to file with stories

Special Requirements:

  • Ability to work remotely from your Washington, DC home-based office while keeping your colleagues informed of your assignments and developments
  • Three to five published writing samples, including briefs and feature articles no longer than 1,000 words; include hyperlinks if available

Get Noticed

Email your resume to contact@thewellnews.com, with the title “Reporter application” in the subject field. Include links to your best articles, availability, and salary requirements. No calls please.

Company Overview

The Well News launched in September 2018 with the goal of providing accurate, interesting and exclusive coverage of the issues that impact readers’ lives every day and the people who are taking real steps to make change for the better. We strive to foster more productive and informed conversations across party lines by providing our readers with compelling, unique reporting and opinions.

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United States
Email/URL: contact@thewellnews.com
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