Obituaries Writer

6 days left

Washington, DC
Jun 30, 2022
Aug 13, 2022
Full Time
Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

The Washington Post is looking for a versatile journalist to join its obituaries team as a writer.

An ideal candidate would have a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, along with at least five years' reporting experience and strong narrative writing skills. This reporter should be able to elevate a story on deadline and contribute to advance obituary coverage as well as daily stories.

Obituaries bring The Post into the closest and most intimate contact with its readers through stories of local, national and international significance. Well-told obituaries are not résumés, eulogies or statues. They convey the essence of a person and vividly place that life in historical context.

The job requires someone who has a broad familiarity with politics, science, world affairs, and arts and letters, and who can ferret out compelling details from the most obscure reference works and assemble a sophisticated narrative on deadline.

We have identified a strong internal candidate for this position but would like to hear from others interested in this role on the obituaries desk.

Interested candidates should upload a résumé with links to their work and a cover letter outlining the experience they would bring to the position to our jobs portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 7/11/2022 will be prioritized. Your cover letter should be addressed to Obituaries Editor Adam Bernstein, Deputy Local Editor Maria Glod and Local Editor Mike Semel, as well as Managing Editor Steven Ginsberg.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

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