Political Reporter

JOB TITLE: Political Reporter

WHO WE ARE The American Independent covers national, state, and local politics from our unique point of view as a leading digital news platform for the left. We fact check, debunk, and hold powerful people to account, both within the larger national conversation and by shining a light on people and issues that otherwise might not receive the coverage they deserve.

OVERVIEW: The American Independent is seeking an experienced political reporter to join our growing team. The ideal candidate will be fluent in AP style, and able to work independently in a collaborative, rapid-response environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Pitch fresh angles on big reported news of the day, as well as longer enterprise stories that rely on original reporting. 
  • Be able to quickly and cleanly write breaking news stories when needed. 
  • Track news developments in real time and share with the editorial team as needed.
  • Cultivate a wide network of sources within American politics and progressive issue advocacy.
  • Collaborate with other team members as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Exceptional writing skills. Your writing must be clean and compelling. Fluency in AP style is a major plus.
  • Excellent understanding of national politics and campaigns at both the federal and state levels.
  • Solid news judgment
  • Communicative, engaged, and eager to take initiative
  • Capable of managing multiple priorities simultaneously. Able to adjust priorities and/or story focus quickly as the news shifts.
  • Organized, detail-oriented
  • Ability to work well with others in a virtual workspace.

Qualified candidates will be asked to complete a timed writing test.

PAY :Starting salary of $70k plus benefits, commensurate with experience. Our team is currently all remote, though DC-based reporters who can eventually work from our office are strongly preferred.

TO APPLY :To apply, send a resume, a cover letter explaining why you are the right fit for this position, and links to three writing samples to talent@americanindependent.com.

The American Independent is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or disability.