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Date: Jul 13, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20005-4076

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

 

The Associated Press seeks a reporter with a proven track record of developing sources and breaking stories on Capitol Hill, from the policymaking to politics, to work in its Washington bureau as a newsperson.

 

Reporting to the Congress news editor, this reporter will aim to break news and produce distinct, deeply reported enterprise about lawmakers, the policies they debate in the House and Senate and the legislative branch’s relationship with the White House. In a crowded media landscape, this reporter will aim to tell stories that stand out, drive the agenda in Washington and resonate nationwide and around the world. The successful candidate will be comfortable writing with authority on a range of policy matters and infusing stories with the political context that drives decision-making in Washington. This reporter will be comfortable working in multiple media formats, from the field and from the desk, reporting on breaking news as well as beat-driven enterprise. The successful candidate will have the ability and willingness to work at night and on weekends, as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.

 

The successful candidate will:

  • have a demonstrated history of successful beat reporting, with a record of compelling work on deadline and the production of enterprise that is illuminating and entertaining.   
  • work among a team of journalists, reporters and editors to deliver spot news and enterprise coverage that breaks news, has impact and is exclusive to AP.  
  • have strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with the diverse team of journalists at the AP who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics.  
  • have a great news sense, with the ability to communicate stories that people will want to share, like and talk about on social media and other platforms.  
  • pursue innovative coverage techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity.
     

Qualifications: This newsperson must have demonstrated excellence as a beat reporter, with a deep record of delivering exclusive and distinctive spot news and enterprise stories on a complex and challenging beat. Applicants must be able to explain complex stories in clear and compelling ways, and do so swiftly and accurately on tight deadlines. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively as a member of a team and should have at least five years of full-time experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet, or an AP bureau or regional desk.   

 

Other qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English. Professional competency in a language in addition to English is a plus.
  • Basic proficiency in using an iPhone for photos and video is required. Advanced proficiency is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats and deliver success on a complex, challenging story lines.

 

Application deadline is August 5, 2021 11:59pm est

 

 

 

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