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Job Openings at Watchdog and Franklin Center

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.

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.

Open Positions

Washington, DC Education Reporter

Denver Education Reporter

Wisconsin Education Reporter

Vermont Reporting Intern (PAID)

Investigative Reporter in Madison, Wisconsin

*****  Washington, DC Education Reporter  *****

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

While this position focuses on local reporting, the DC Education Reporter will work with the national education team to collaborate on story assignments and identify national education trends in school choice reform.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Washington, DC Education Reporter will

  • Maintain sources that allow her to break new ground on education stories.
  • Cover school choice policy and legislation affecting Washington, DC, 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.

*****  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:

The Denver Education Reporter will

  • 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.

*****  Wisconsin Education Reporter  *****

Watchdog is seeking a Wisconsin Education Reporter to cover education issues, specifically how the state is affected by national and state education policy.

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:

The Wisconsin Education Reporter will

  • Maintain sources that allow him to break new ground on education stories.
  • Cover school choice policy and legislation in Wisconsin, specifically on charter schools and educational savings accounts.
  • Write about personal stories of people helped by choice-based education policy changes in Wisconsin
  • Work with the other members of the education policy reporting team to create weekly story budgets.
  • Produce at least three enterprise stories per week, as determined with the program director and/or editorial team, and other stories 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.
  • Occasionally be called upon to manage assignments involving other reporters.
  • Participate in scheduled training sessions and in daily 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.

*****  Vermont Reporting Intern (PAID)  *****

Franklin Center is searching for a current undergraduate student, graduate student, or recent graduate (of any major) to intern with Vermont Watchdog, our news bureau in Vermont. Candidates should be interested in a career in journalism. Strong writing skills, understanding of state government, and a passion for free-market principles are a must.

  • We prefer a Vermont resident for the position, but will also consider qualified out-of-state candidates willing to relocate.
  • All writing and reporting work produced by the intern will be published at http://watchdog.org/vermont

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and writing samples to Bruce Parker at BParker@Watchdog.org

 

*****  WANTED: MADISON (WI) REPORTER  *****

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 and Mississippi. 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.