Digital Threats Reporter

Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Sep 24, 2021
Closes
Oct 12, 2021
Ref
JR-90272698
Hours
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 seeking an ambitious reporter to cover the vulnerabilities of the digital systems that underpin modern life, the dark forces around the world trying to exploit them and the public and private entities working to shore up our defenses.

A dramatic rise in the number of ransomware attacks, including the recent hack of Colonial Pipeline, lends urgency to a beat that will explore how cybercriminals, foreign governments and other disruptive actors can bring chaos to virtually any sector of the U.S. economy and every corner of American society. Computer systems record our credit card purchases and guard our life savings; they regulate the flow of water and electricity; they track the academic progress of our children and make it possible for us to work from home. Responsibility for protecting this vast network falls to an array of government agencies both big and small, cybersecurity contractors, academic researchers and ordinary users, as well as the tech giants themselves.

The successful candidate will understand the expansive nature of the beat and have a demonstrated ability to develop a deep network of sources to produce revelatory work. We are looking for someone with an instinct for news - breaking it as well as covering it - and the ability to translate this complex but profoundly important subject for the average reader. We also seek a creative thinker who can identify and seize opportunities for compelling storytelling from locations across America and around the world, both in text and visually. A collaborative spirit is a must: This reporter will work regularly with colleagues on the tech and data teams and with graphics and visual journalists.

We anticipate that this position will be based either in San Francisco or Washington, DC. Once we resume normal operations, the position will not be eligible for remote work.

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.

Candidates should upload a résumé, cover letter and three clips to our jobs portal by Oct. 11. Cover letters should be addressed to Business Editor Lori Montgomery, Deputy Business Editor Zach Goldfarb, Tech Editor Christina Passariello and Tech Policy Editor Mark Seibel. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field.

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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