National Politics Breaking News Reporter

Washington, DC
Aug 24, 2023
Oct 03, 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 an agile reporter to join its national politics breaking news team, which plays a central role in our coverage of the 2024 campaign.

The breaking news team anchors some of The Post's biggest political stories of the day and helps lead our real-time coverage of major events, such as presidential addresses, congressional votes, Supreme Court decisions, candidate debates and election nights.

We are seeking a reporter with a strong track record of writing with authority, accuracy and precision on tight deadlines. The ideal candidate has expertise in covering politics and the ability to bring perspective and smart context to fast-developing stories. In addition, this reporter must have strong organizational and communication skills and the ablity to move quickly among topics.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom and could include some weekend or evening work.

If you are interested in the position, upload a cover letter outlining your vision for the job, a résumé and three pieces you've written (as PDFs) to our jobs portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 9/5/2023 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to incoming national editor Philip Rucker, Senior Politics Editor Dan Eggen, Politics Breaking News Editor John Wagner and incoming managing editor Matea Gold.

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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