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Study Journalism in the Heart of NYC


Center for Journalism & Liberty
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Senior Reporter/Policy Analyst

Post Date:Dec 11, 2020Type:Full time
Start Date:ASAPSalary:$70,000
Location: United States - District of Columbia - Washington Job Reference:
Job Description:

Do you want to help save American democracy? Do you want to help rebuild American journalism? The Center for Journalism and Liberty, a program within the nonprofit Open Markets Institute, a reporting-based think tank, seeks a versatile and experienced senior reporter-researcher with a passion for investigating the causes behind the crisis in American journalism, and for helping to identify what we can do to fix the problem.  The ideal candidate will likely be a journalist with a real interest as well as experience in covering business and law. But CJL will also consider candidates with strong legal, academic, and business backgrounds that directly relate to writing about the political economy of journalism. The candidate must be a published author able to demonstrate the ability to write clearly and succinctly about complex issues. An example of the magazine-style policy articles we produce: Starving the News.

The CJL focuses on all aspects of how the digitization of print and television affect how Americans report, edit, publish, distribute, and read the news. In addition to looking closely at the business models and actions of Google and Facebook and how these affect the business models of publishers, CJL also focuses on disinformation, privacy, and news quality and integrity, and news diversity. Open Markets works closely with high level policymakers around the world, and has pioneered understanding of the dangers that concentrated economic power poses to American journalism. Open Markets is based in Washington, DC, and intends to maintain an office there. But at least for the foreseeable future, the right candidate will be able to work remotely. This position reports to CJL director Jody Brannon.  

Basic responsibilities 

  • Produce medium- and long-form reporting on media evolution and corporate power in various sectors, including platforms, sustainability and independence, among others.

  • Conduct research related to the news ecosystem that is central to the focus of the Center for Journalism and Liberty, including identifying and interviewing sources, drafting background research and executing research projects.

  • Support writing projects and policy development work by performing qualitative research into the legal and commercial underpinnings of corporations and market structures in the media and internet sectors.

  • Draft op-eds, blog posts, social media content and other materials to react to opportunities presented by the news cycle.

  • Engage in supervised legal and historical research on media and platform competition policy.

  • Help with organizational and administrative support, including website maintenance, media monitoring, helping with the planning and execution of conferences and events, social media outreach and related tasks.

Preferred Qualifications

3 to 5 years in journalism, preferring a BA or MA degree in journalism or related field (i.e. political science, economics, public policy); MA preferred.

Creative in research techniques as a way to develop fresh insights into the news ecosystem.

Strong and/or demonstrable interest in competition law and policy, particularly exploring the media ecosystem, corporate power and competition policy.

Strong writing skills, highly organized, and detail-oriented, including editing and web skills. Comfortable in writing advocacy journalism, including op-eds.

Exceptional news judgment, willingness to learn, comfort in asking for clarity and offering contrasting viewpoints, and experience in being edited, sometimes significantly.

Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

Experience with social media and website production.

Strong communication skills and familiarity with working virtually.

Some experience with data visualization, databases and spreadsheets is a plus; track record in quickly learning new skills and digital tools

Strong preference for a resident of the Greater Washington, D.C., area.

How to apply:?

Please submit your cover letter and resume in a single PDF to dill(at)


This full-time position provides a generous benefits package, including medical, dental and vision and a 401(k) plan. Salary range: About $70,000. This position is part of the Non-Profit Professional Employees Union.

About the Center for Journalism and Liberty

The core mission of the Center for Journalism and Liberty, a reporting-based program, is to ensure that the news media of the United States and our democratic allies is fully independent and robustly funded in the 21st century’s digital economy. The Center’s work is guided by the belief that government plays a fundamental role in structuring news media markets and business models to ensure that neither the state nor any one or few private actors control the words or actions of reporters, editors and publishers. The center focuses on policy solutions with regard to privacy/data, platforms (particularly Google and Facebook), business models, and content quality and integrity. The CJL is a part of the Knight Research Network and operates within the Open Markets Institute.

About the Open Markets Institute?

The Open Markets Institute is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit think tank that uses research and journalism to expose the dangers of monopolization, identifies changes in policy and law to address them, and educates policymakers, academics, movement groups, and other influential stakeholders to establish open, competitive markets that support a strong, just, and inclusive democracy. By combining policy, legal, and market structure expertise with sophisticated communications and outreach efforts, Open Markets seeks not only to hold today’s monopolies accountable for abuse of power, but to rebuild an economic system where progress is easier to achieve, because power is far more widely and equitably distributed.

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Contact Information
Open Markets Institute
1440 G St NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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