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Executive Editor

Director of News Partnerships

Regulation Policy Reporter

Investigative Reporter in Madison, Wisconsin

Investigative Reporter in Mississippi

Investigative Reporter in Texas

Statehouse reporter in Richmond, Virginia

*****  WANTED: Executive Editor  *****

This role will be focused on the day-to-day management of a thriving news operation, ensuring that the work of Watchdog.org’s reporters and editors reflects high journalistic standards and advances the Franklin Center mission.

The Executive Editor will be based in Franklin’s Alexandria, Virginia office, and report to the Vice President of Journalism.

Responsibilities and Tasks Include:

  • Overseeing day-to-day journalism operations, including management issues and supervision of the editing process
  • Supervising a staff of more than 25 reporters and editors
  • Clearly communicating Franklin’s mission to editing staff and reporters
  • Working with reporters and editors to ensure each story meets that mission
  • Recruiting and mentoring reporters
  • Ensuring reporters and editors achieve established production goals, including story quality and count; pickups in other media; and social-media activity
  • Managing workflow of the editorial process
  • Coordinating with the organization’s marketing and media relations assets to maximize exposure for our reporters and their work product

Requirements:

  • 10+ years of experience in journalism, including significant managerial/editor-level experience
  • Strong people management skills; passion for cultivating, empowering, and professionally developing lower level staff
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills; Significant copy editing experience
  • Successful track record of problem solving; confronting issues head-on and addressing them
  • Self-motivated; outcome-oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, turn ideas into action, and drive projects to completion
  • Big picture mentality; ability to see how all the moving parts of an operation fit together
  • Superior organization and focus on detail
  • Solid administrative skill set
  • Budgeting experience
  • Knowledge of the free-market nonprofit movement a plus

To Apply:
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position/mission of the organization and your salary requirements

Materials should be emailed to Claire Dixon, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:  claire@talentmarket.org.  All materials should be sent in one PDF file with your name in the file name.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.  No phone calls, please.

 

***** DIRECTOR OF NEWS PARTNERSHIPS *****

The Franklin Center is looking for someone to build and strengthen its relationships with strategic news partners, working to establish content distribution arrangements and expand the reach of Watchdog’s content into legacy media outlets. This includes outreach to local publications needing more state-based content, as well as issue based outlets that align with the organization’s mission. Qualified candidates will have existing media relationships, a strong understanding of the newsroom process, and demonstrated success in results-based outreach. When called upon, this position will require travel to meet with news partners and ensure mutual goals are being met.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and manage distribution agreements
  • Build comprehensive list of potential and existing news partnerships
  • Develop a tracking system to measure value and reach of partnerships, utilizing a database like  Salesforce
  • Identify and solicit news publications that could benefit from Watchdog content
  • Manage news partner relationships to retain and expand content sharing
  • Meet clearly defined sales goals to sign agreements with 35% of our established target market
  • Establish and implement content sharing guidelines for news partners to follow
  • Coordinate across departments to ensure content needs and special requests are met internally
  • Identify new partnership opportunities outside of content sharing to further Watchdog’s exposure and reach

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials to Mary Ellen Beatty at MBeatty@Watchdog.org: résumé and cover letter detailing (a) salary requirements and (b) your interest in the mission of the organization.

While we thank all applicants for their interest in these positions, we are able to contact only those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

***** REGULATION POLICY REPORTER *****

The Franklin Center is seeking a Regulation Reporter who will serve as an issue area expert covering the regulation policy beat, while leveraging our state-based network of reporters in an assignment editor capacity, to develop an organizational focus and emphasis on relevant issues. The subject area will cover regulatory policy primarily at the state and local level, while not being tied to a single geographic area. The intersection of federal regulatory policy, how it is implemented in the states, and the impact that it has at the local/state level will also be an area of interest. 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Regulation Reporter will

  • Produce at least two major stories per week, as determined with the program director and/or editorial team, and multiple shorter, quick-hits per week.
  • Represent the organization professionally on TV, radio, and in other media, and at public events and social gatherings.
  • Maintain sources that allow him or her to break new ground.
  • Submit a daily budget to the editorial team.
  • Participate in weekly calls with the Franklin Center HQ issues and policy team to discuss story budget and production and marketing strategy.
  • Become skilled in the use of Franklin Center content-management systems (e.g., Word Press).
  • Develop tactics for republishing the work—and the Watchdog name—in other media, including newspapers, websites, social media (e.g., Twitter and Facebook) and television and radio.
  • Occasionally be called upon to manage assignments involving other reporters and/or freelancers.
  • Participate in scheduled training sessions and in daily calls with editing team.
  • Work with staff in other bureaus as needed.

All Watchdog reporters are

  • Committed to the Franklin Center’s free-market mission of uncovering waste, fraud, and abuse in government, as well as to the job of highlighting successful free-market solutions to public policy problems.
  • Comfortable using standard newsroom equipment, including phones, computers, content-management systems, video cameras, and the like.
  • Knowledgeable about their subject area and can work independently.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials to Mary Ellen Beatty at MBeatty@Watchdog.org: résumé and cover letter detailing (a) salary requirements and (b) your interest in the mission of the organization.

While we thank all applicants for their interest in these positions, we are able to contact only those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

*****  WANTED: REPORTER (MADISON (WI), MISSISSIPPI, TEXAS, VIRGINIA)  *****

We know who you are. You’re the reporter in your newsroom who sees stories in a very different way; who isn’t satisfied with the way stories are being reported, the way they’ve always been reported. We know who you are. We’ve been there.

Watchdog.org, a leader in online journalism, is looking for self-starting reporters who want to hold government at all levels accountable, who know exactly where to look for waste, fraud and abuse – reporters who know how to tell those stories in compelling ways. We move fast and don’t have time to teach on the job.

We have immediate openings in Madison, WI; Mississippi; Texas; and Virginia. We also have opportunities that allow the right candidates to work on national issues from wherever they live. We offer a flexible work schedule and a competitive compensation package.

Watchdog.org is a project of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials to Mary Ellen Beatty at MBeatty@Watchdog.org:

Résumé and cover letter detailing (a) salary requirements and (b) your interest in the mission of the organization. Two to three writing samples demonstrating your ability to write from the point of view of the taxpayer.

While we thank all applicants for their interest in these positions, we are able to contact only those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.