Washington Writer

The Christian Science Monitor (Washington, D.C.)

Posted 1 month ago

This writer is interested in innovative reporting and committed to journalism that ​is ​highly distinctive, ​constructive​,​ and solution-oriented.

The Monitor wants to be a tool for readers who want more than news – they want to be a part of the solution. Our political coverage is a vital part of this promise, and our team will interact frequently with our audience, through articles, social media, events, and partnerships.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This writer is a full-time position not assigned to a specific political beat but looks at larger trends in politics and produces stories from D.C. and elsewhere in the country aimed at going deeper than daily headlines. This writer produces stories that help readers understand how politics reflects the choices and values of the nation, and what that says about the evolution of the United States. The position also works closely with other members of the D.C. bureau to coordinate coverage and collaborate as needed.

The position requires a deeply-rooted understanding of the Monitor’s unique mission. The need is not for coverage of the news, it is for the application of the Monitor lens to the news. Specifically, this means conceiving, reporting, and executing stories that seek out humanity, look beneath events to the ideas and worldviews driving them, and constantly search for ways forward. The tone of Monitor content is always respectful, constructive, and curious, fueled by a sober and responsible hope, never fearful, frustrated, mean-spirited, or resigned.  

This person is responsible for keeping abreast of relevant news and developments; cultivating distinct story angles for articles pegged to specific news events as well as feature stories in consultation with assigning editors; and producing accurate, timely, value-added content for the Daily and the Weekly.

SKILLS

  • Fully grasps the craft and ethics of newspaper journalism.
  • Finds appropriate sources for direct information and comment, in a reasonable time, and deals with them professionally and productively.
  • Locates and articulates the central idea in a story.
  • Clearly communicates and organizes the ideas in a story under some deadline pressure.
  • Can execute a range of story types, from short explainers to insightful stories that relate to issues in the news but are not spot-news pieces to cover stories for the Weekly.
  • Reliably shapes or reshapes a story under normal deadline pressure.
  • Reliably conceives and evaluates a Monitor approach to news developments or feature opportunities
  • Has reliable judgment of Monitor values and standards.
  • Reliably spots the legal, ethical, or logical weaknesses in a story.
  • Through skill, judgment, and enterprise taps an appropriate range of primary and analytical sources.
  • Is competent regarding expense accounting and cost control.

DUTIES

  • Pitch stories directly to pod editors. Writers may pitch across pods, in consultation with their pod editor.
  • Produce quality work at a consistent pace. Problems meeting deadlines and changes to angle or length should be discussed with the pod editor as soon as possible.
  • Collaborate with pod editors throughout the editing and fact-checking process.
  • Travel, as needed.
  • Respond to reader feedback in a timely and respectful fashion.
  • Collaborate with the events team, as needed, on hosting Monitor events pertaining to pod coverage. Pod editors should be aware of involvement.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and collaborate with other writers within and outside the pod to ensure that we are providing nuanced, robust coverage.

STAFF MANAGEMENT AND JOB CONTACTS

Reporting Relationships
Supervisor: Politics Editor    
Regular Contacts: Has regular contacts with all D.C. staff, other writers/newsroom staff, and general public.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Education/Experience
A Bachelor’s degree plus a masters in journalism or equivalent in newspaper experience is required.

Work Environment
Works in D.C. bureau.

Engagement with Christian Science
The First Church of Christ, Scientist embraces all applicants, including Christian Scientists.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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