The Center for Responsive Politics is looking for a meticulous reporter who loves scouring government documents and data to find a story and tell it well; someone who wants to hold this – and every – administration and Congress accountable by publishing investigations on the Center’s award-winning OpenSecrets Blog.
The money-in-politics reporter will investigate the conflicts of interest in the current administration and Congress, follow the flow of funds to politicians, uncover networks of dark money groups, track the activities of super PACs and their connections to candidates, examine lobbying by special interests and more. This reporter will also create original stories and news graphics, and help with general press inquiries that come to the CRP communications team.
The nonpartisan, nonprofit Center is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in politics. In 2016, OpenSecrets Blog partnered with the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team to report on the largest-scale straw donor case uncovered in the U.S., leading to grand jury and FEC investigations.
Applicants must have at least two years of prior journalism experience and excellent writing, research and interpersonal skills. They must be proficient in AP Style, WordPress, HTML, Excel, and social media platforms. Sound knowledge of SQL is a bonus. Candidates also must be self-starting, well-organized, detail-oriented and enjoy working with data, and should have a good understanding of the U.S. political system and money's role therein. Good time management skills are essential, as is a commitment to our mission and to journalism that has an impact.
People of color, women, LGBTQ, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.