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Job Opening: Part-Time Copy Aide

The Washington Post has an opening for a part-time copy aide to handle a wide variety of duties for the Financial department. First the basics: We need someone who can stay on top of our expense reports and mail, interact with our readers, solve problems for our staff and coordinate staff events and meetings.  But we need someone who can also compile information, conduct interviews and write stories for the Capital Business. It’s a good opportunity to get an occasional byline, but it requires someone who is very organized and able to juggle competing demands.

Anyone interested should contact Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com) or Michael Cotterman (michael.cotterman@washpost.com) by July 9.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Diversity and Inclusion is essential to The Washington Post. It stimulates innovation, business growth and the connection to our community; which in turn ensures delivery of the best content, products, and services to our consumers.

PostTV seeking a video producer

Post TV is looking for a contract video producer to shoot, produce and edit videos for The Washington Post’s Reliable Source blog. 

Ideal candidates have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, three years newsroom experience and a track record of outstanding work under pressure.  Applicants must also have sound news judgment, demonstrated experience in new media and a hunger to create something new.

Responsibilities for this position include conceiving ideas for and shooting videos, mostly in and around Washington. Candidates must be intimately familiar with Final Cut Pro X and able to conduct interviews, write scripts and occasional blog posts.  The ability to see a project through from start to finish is essential. Other daily duties include aggregating video content and actively participating in daily news meetings.  This role requires some night and weekend work.

Interested candidates should contact Alice Rhee (alice.rhee@washpost.com) Jonathan Forsythe (jonathan.forsythe@washpost.com) or Tracy Grant (Tracy.grant@washpost.com) with resumes, cover letters and links to recent video work by July 10.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Diversity and Inclusion is essential to The Washington Post. It stimulates innovation, business growth and the connection to our community; which in turn ensures delivery of the best content, products, and services to our consumers.

Job opening: Foreign Assignment Editor

The Washington Post’s foreign desk is seeking a strong, experienced editor equipped to lead correspondents in covering a broad region of the world.

A successful candidate would become one of three regional editors on a fast-paced desk responsible for our foreign news coverage on all platforms.  Our regional editors are responsible for working with their teams of correspondents to set priorities, shape strategies and deliver smart, accessible, shareable coverage across a range of story forms. We are looking for proven editors with the knowledge, judgment, commitment and metabolism necessary to help correspondents bring clarity to complicated events many time zones away. We are also looking for someone eager to employ and promote new ways of storytelling and to maintain an active presence on social media.

The foreign desk operates 365 days a year, so a regular weekend shift and some holiday work is likely to come with the territory, as will off-hours work to conform with the correspondents’ clock.

Interested candidates should contact Doug Jehl (douglas.jehl@washpost.com), Karin Brulliard  (karin.brulliard@washpost.com)  or Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com)  by July 10.

Job opening: Social Media Editor

The Washington Post’s Digital Audience team is seeking a social media editor, a central role in our newsroom. Social Media touches every point along the chain of our operations — from news gathering to community building to discovery — and the editor works at the tip of the spear for those efforts. 

The ideal candidate should be a master in the art of headline writing. They should have the skill to identify potential stories emerging on various social platforms and be comfortable pitching those ideas to reporters and editors for different beats and sections around the room. Strong news judgment and a quick metabolism for processing information are vital. Representing the voice of The Washington Post on social media requires a unique pairing of quick twitch smarts and measured actions. You should know when and how to amplify something and when to let a story play out by itself. You should have a deep knowledge of how to optimize both content and technology for each individual social platform. In addition, we want you to be comfortable sorting through emerging best practices, passing fads and calcifying conventional wisdom.

We require experience using analytics to track audience growth and engagement across social platforms. You should be knowledgeable about trends in online news and simultaneously curious about the little things that might work for Washington Post content. We’ll look for you to take initiative and oversee long-term projects and breaking news alike. You will bring social voice to our daily stories and infuse top flight internet research skills and community outreach in our enterprise reporting.

REQUIREMENTS:

  •     5+ years of journalism experience. Reporting/blogging/writing experience is required.
  •     Experience working on social media for a news organization. 
  •     Experience building audience through social networks (Twitter, Facebook and beyond) through branded (non-personal) accounts.
  •     Experience on alternate social networks like Pinterest, StumbleUpon, etc.
  •     Working knowledge of HTML and how the Internet works.
  •     Experience reading and using analytics to help you make decisions.
  •     Ability to investigate and verify claims on social media.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  •     Leadership
  •     Experience producing and editing graphics, video and/or photos.
  •     Experience with a large scale enterprise CMS or WordPress.
  •     Strong organizational and time management skills.
  •     Team player with desire to collaborate.
  •     Social media junkie.  

We want to hear about how you’d use social tools across Washington Post platforms to tell stories and engage readers. If you’re interested, please contact Ryan Kellett, Justin Bank or Tracy Grant (ryan.kellett@washpost.com; justin.bank@washpost.com; tracy.grant@washpost.com) with a cover letter in the body of an e-mail stating your qualifications (with links, please!). Also please attach a resume or just provide your public LinkedIN URL.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Diversity and Inclusion is essential to The Washington Post. It stimulates innovation, business growth and the connection to our community; which in turn ensures delivery of the best content, products, and services to our consumers.

WP Investigations team honored with Global Editors Network 2014 Data Journalism Award

From Investigative Editor Jeff Leen:

A Washington Post team has won a prestigious international data journalism award for exposing a predatory system of debt collection that allowed private investors to take homes from the poor over small tax debts.

The Global Editors Network announced Thursday that the Post team had won the 2014 Data Journalism Award for Best Data-Driven Investigation for the series, “Homes for the Taking.” The team consisted of Debbie Cenziper, Michael Sallah, Steven Rich, Ted Mellnik, Emily Chow, Laura Stanton and Michelle Williams.

The 2013 series documented how the District government placed liens on tax delinquent properties and then sold the liens to investors, who added fees and foreclosed on some of the properties over original debts as small as $44. Wide-reaching reforms followed the publication of the series.

The global data awards, sponsored by Google and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, were announced at network’s global summit in Barcelona. The network’s membership represents media groups from more than 80 countries.

See the full list of winners.

Post honored with two Murrow Awards

From Deputy News Video Editor Jonathan Forsythe:

I’m thrilled to report that The Washington Post has won two 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards — including the top award for overall excellence among national online news sites for the second year in a row! This is a tremendous honor recognizing our entire team’s work over the year.  (Take a look back at the entry to see how we captured 2013:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL83ZyU4rEA&feature=youtu.be)

We were also awarded the Murrow in the Feature Reporting category, with the memorable love story of Shelley and Bill. The video was shot and produced by Brad Horn and paired with Ellen McCarthy’s great Magazine story on the mentally disabled couple who got married despite their parents’ wishes.

Full list of winners from the RTDNA website here

Michael Cavna honored by SPJ DC Chapter for Arts Criticism

Washington Post Comic Riff’s blogger Michael Cavna was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Washington, D.C. Chapter at their annual Dateline Awards competition. Cavna won an award in the “Arts Criticism” category for his essay THE TRIAL BALLOON: O teachers, after a banner year for graphic novels, don’t ban these books.

From the judges: “What an extraordinary experience for readers to witness art criticism in the form the ‘art’ was originally created. Enough to convince any naysayer of the value of graphic novels in the classroom.”

See the full list of winners.

Job opening: Sports editor/producer

The Washington Post Sports Department is looking for a night producer/editor who will play an integral role in developing, engaging and expanding our audience across all platforms. The ideal candidate will be as facile with Twitter as they are with Post style and line editing. Multi-tasking is not a plus, it’s a requirement – a typical night on our desk could entail editing 6-8 blog posts, front-end editing on breaking news stories, working with columnists to discuss angles and approaches, back-end editing on 2,000-word enterprise pieces, editing photo galleries, making sure our best stories get promoted on social media, and debating story placement on D1 with designers while tweaking headlines with slots.

We are looking for an editor with one foot in the fluid digital moments of a given night – a sense for what it trending, what might catch fire and go viral, what might be worth holding onto for scheduling the next morning – and one foot grounded in our printed product to help produce our award-winning section every morning. We want someone as comfortable on the rim as they are producing stories for the Web, and willing to explore new, unique ways to do so. 

We value people who can work both independently and in a group setting. Our night desk is a collegial crew driven by journalism and a passion for sports. The ability to work with others is a necessity.

The hours for this position would typically be 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. It’s a sports desk, so there will be weekend work.

Interested candidates should contact Matt Vita matthew.vita@washpost.com , Matt Rennie matthew.rennie@washpost.com, Micah Pollack micah.pollack@washpost.com or Tracy Grant tracy.grant@washpost.com by June 27.

Job opening: High School Sports Reporter

The Washington Post Sports Department is seeking an experienced, driven reporter with a passion for feature writing and enterprise to join its high school reporting staff. The Post covers about 230 public, private and charter high schools in an area rich with athletic talent, focusing on breaking news and going beyond the traditional game story to engage a devoted readership.

Successful candidates will be energetic, aggressive reporters who understand the value of high school athletics in the community and seek to deliver feature stories and enterprise that tackle area-wide and national issues related to high school athletes. They will be comfortable covering games on tight deadlines and equally adept at elevating stories to provide a broader perspective. The ability to develop sources across a diverse demographic area is key as is the capacity to explore new angles on the important issues facing high school athletes, coaches, administrators and parents. Creativity, social media savvy and an eagerness to continue to make the Post the top destination for in-depth coverage of one of the country’s most spirited high school sports scenes are equally important.

If interested, contact Matt Brooks matt.brooks@washpost.com  Matt Vita matthew.vita@washpost.com or Tracy Grant tracy.grant@washpost.com by June 27.

Job openings: Designers (2)

The Washington Post has two immediate opening for designers on its Design team. These designers will be working on deadline in a fast-paced environment throughout the newsroom — from the A-section to Metro to Style and other weekly sections.

The Design team is responsible for the design of the newspaper and its magazine, and contributes to the Post’s digital apps and long-form enterprise design. These positions will be heavily involved in print, but every designer on the staff is also designing for digital products. Designing for projects and even A-1 will be expected.

The ideal candidates must have the ability to design print and digital projects which are bold, surprising and energetic, while balancing navigational clarity and section pacing and adhering to The Post’s standards of accuracy and news judgment. Proven skills with photo journalism, graphics and typography are essential. We place a premium on collaboration and expect designers to be catalysts for creativity. Our designers are expected to be self-starters who add value to stories using alternative formats, to articulate reasons for design decisions, and to take initiative in planning processes to make The Post’s pages as strong as possible.

The positions will include evenings and weekend work and at least four years of publication experience is required. Experience with Eidos Methode or digital design a plus. Proficiency in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator is required. Digital experience is preferred.

If interested, please contact Design Director Greg Manifold, Deputy Design Director Chris Meighan or Senior Editor Tracy Grant by June 27.