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Open Positions

Florida Watchdog Reporter

Vermont Bureau Chief

Denver Education Reporter

 

*****  FLORIDA WATCHDOG REPORTER *****

Tallahassee, Florida (or remote within the state of Florida)

SUMMARY: Watchdog.org is searching for an experienced investigative reporter to expose cronyism and government corruption in the state capital, and cover legislative developments on important policy issues such as criminal justice reform.

Other reporting topics include:
• Contractors and private businesses cozying up to state party officials- Republican or Democrat- in order to influence legislators’ policy decisions.
• How reform efforts of the Free Enterprise Fund and the newly-passed anti-corruption bill make government cleaner, more efficient, and less susceptible to cronyism.
• The push at the state and local level for justice reform – including asset forfeiture reform, the state audit of the prison system, developments in the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee, and use of 1033 laws by local enforcement agencies.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Florida Watchdog Reporter will:
• Maintain sources that allow him/her to break new ground.
• Produce at least one or two major stories per week, as determined by the editorial team, and multiple shorter, quick-hits per week.
• 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.
• Work with staff in other bureaus as needed.
• Represent the organization professionally on TV, radio, and in other media, and at public events and social gatherings.

All Watchdog reporters are
• Committed to the Franklin Center’s 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.

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials to Kevin Glass at Kevin.Glass@FranklinCenterhq.org: Resume 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.

*****  VERMONT BUREAU CHIEF  *****

Watchdog.org is seeking a bureau chief to lead the Vermont reporting team, responsible for helping Watchdog.org become the recognized leader in state reporting. The Vermont Bureau Chief:

• Is first and foremost a reporter, producing his or her own stories at the rate of 2-3 per week.
• Reports to the Executive Editor.
• Helps to build a positive relationship with donors to the Vermont bureau.
• Recruits, helps to train Vermont bureau reporters, freelancers and interns.
• Manages reporters in the Vermont bureau to established production goals, including story quality and count; pickups in other media; and social-media activity.
• Manages day-to-day functions of the Vermont bureau, including story selection, assignments and editing.
• Works with other team members essential to the success of the Vermont bureau.
• Works with marketing to assure that reporters are given top-level assistance in meeting our ambition to become the recognized leader in Vermont reporting.
• Helps to establish news partnerships throughout the state.
• Is the face of the Vermont bureau in media interactions (e.g., on TV and radio).

REPORTER SUMMARY
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.

ESSENTIAL VERMONT REPORTER RESPONSIBILITIES
• Bureau reporters will produce three stories per week with the goal of regularly breaking major stories of government corruption and malfeasance at the local and state levels.
• Reporters must become familiar with the sources in cities and towns who can help them produce game-changing stories.
• They will be expected to work with the Watchdog and Franklin Center marketing teams and to develop relationships and tactics for the widest republishing of their work in other media, including newspapers, websites, social media (e.g., Twitter and Facebook), television and radio.
• Occasionally be called on to collaborate with other reporters in the bureau and in the Watchdog network.
• Become familiar with the WordPress system for filing and editing stories; regularly budget and work with the editors on those stories; and join in regular calls with other members of the Vermont Bureau and Watchdog reporting team.

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials to John Bicknell at jbicknell@watchdog.org : Resume 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.

*****  DENVER EDUCATION REPORTER  *****

Watchdog.org is seeking an experienced investigative reporter to cover education issues in Denver, and how local education policy affects the national debate.

This position will be part of a state-based team, working with those reporters and editors as well as with the national education team to direct story assignments and identify national education trends in school choice reform.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Maintain sources that allow her to break new ground on education stories.
• Cover school choice policy and legislation affecting Denver, specifically on charter schools and educational savings accounts.
• Write about personal stories of people helped by choice-based education policy changes across the country.
• Work with the other members of the education policy reporting team to create weekly story budgets.
• Produce three enterprise stories per week, as well as shorter daily items as news warrants.
• Become skilled in the use of Watchdog 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.
• Participate in scheduled training sessions and in regular calls with editing team.
• Work with staff in other bureaus as needed.
• Represent the organization professionally at public events and social gatherings.

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.

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials to John Bicknell at jbicknell@watchdog.org :

Resume 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.