The Boston Globe seeks an experienced political reporter to join its team of five journalists in Washington as Deputy Bureau Chief. The bureau is well-known for its strong, enterprising work, and in the past, the Globe has won two Pulitzer Prizes for Washington coverage. As recently as last year, the current group shared the prestigious Toner Prize for national political reporting.
Boston and Washington have a deeply symbiotic relationship. The airline shuttles that go back and forth every hour were filled, pre-pandemic, with people shaping national policy and politics. Our leaders often figure prominently in presidential campaigns, hold positions of authority on Capitol Hill, serve as cabinet secretaries, and have outsized roles in the lobbying, public strategy, and communication shops that drive so much of DC life. Our policies are frequently the foundation for national debates. Our readers are sophisticated and politically savvy, and as such, take Washington coverage seriously. So do we.
We're not here to simply mimic the wire services with cookie-cutter coverage of the story of the day. Rather, we break free of the press pack and drive thoughtful, enterprising coverage, while striving to break news that is important to our readership.
This position will be based in the Globe's Washington, D.C., bureau.
We are looking for a journalist with an impeccable sense of story, the ability to develop a wide network of sources, an understanding of Washington or at least of politics, and the confidence to stray from the beaten path of coverage.
The ideal deputy bureau chief candidate should feel comfortable reporting and writing distinctive political stories that break through the busy news landscape in Washington. The deputy bureau chief will also help shape and occasionally edit the bureau’s coverage and should be able to serve as a mentor to their colleagues.
- Ten years or more of experience in journalism (not necessarily in Washington), a good part of that involving political reporting.
- A track record of breaking news and writing lively, accessible political stories.
- A collegial approach to reporting and/or editing and affinity for working collaboratively on a team.
- A versatile and engaging writing style that encompasses breaking news as well as longer-form features and profiles.
- An ideas-driven approach to reporting and a hunger to find angles and stories that aren’t being told—or to tell them in a new way.
- An ability to represent the Globe and promote its work in media appearances and speaking engagements.
- A willingness to adapt, be audience focused with a curious mindset and committed to creating an inclusive work environment.
- Editing experience a plus