Campaign Trail Reporter

Washington, DC
Mar 21, 2023
Apr 12, 2023
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 campaign trail reporter to travel the country and help chronicle the 2024 presidential election.

We are looking for an agile journalist with a nose for news, who can report and write with speed and precision. The ideal candidate will have experience filing quick dispatches on deadline as well as longer feature stories.

A willingness to travel regularly is required. This reporter will be expected to attend a wide range of campaign events, from candidate rallies and town halls to debates and forums to state fairs and holiday parades. We are looking for a high-metabolism journalist who can bring the trail to life for readers and deliver stories no one else spots.

A background in national political reporting is not mandatory, but candidates should be knowledgeable about presidential politics and have the skills and experience to break news on a highly competitive beat. We want a journalist who can cut through campaign spin and deliver revelatory reporting that helps the public better understand the men and women seeking the country's highest office.

The position will involve frequent collaboration, so we are seeking someone who is ready to work closely with colleagues from the politics team and beyond. We would also like this reporter to be comfortable telling stories in varied forms, including written explainers, vertical videos and audio dispatches.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom. There is a strong internal candidate for this job, but we would like to hear from qualified candidates who would be excited to help us cover the upcoming presidential campaign.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, résumé and at least three examples of work (as PDFs) to our jobs portal. All materials can be uploaded to the same field. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 03/31/2023 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Philip Rucker, Senior Politics Editor Dan Eggen, and Campaign Editor Sean Sullivan.

Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

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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