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New job opening: Local enterprise reporter

The Washington Post’s Local Enterprise team has an opening. This is one of the Post’s premier reporting and writing teams, a group dedicated to every form of storytelling across every platform: breaking news, accountability reporting, lede-alls, how-we-live-now pieces, profiles and long-form narratives.

Enterprise reporters must have both fast-twitch and slow-twitch journalistic muscles, able to produce great reads in two hours, two days or two weeks, depending on the assignment. They must be engaged in the news and jump in whenever asked on breaking stories like the Navy Yard shooting, the government shutdown, the sequester, heinous winter weather  or the disappearance of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, to just name a few.

Our enterprise reporters frequently help anchor coverage for the web and/or print, making their ability to collaborate with colleagues hugely important. They are expected to come up with compelling story ideas – and ways of telling stories — that will appeal to readers on every platform, and deliver A-1 quality reporting and writing.

They often produce ambitious runs of coverage on subjects as varied as the expansion of casino gambling in Maryland, the Baltimore prison guard scandal, the Redskins name controversy and the Naval Academy rape case.

Like everyone in the Post newsroom, local enterprise reporters must think beyond print, finding new ways to tell stories for our growing digital audience. Being creative and able to work effectively with photo, video, graphics, design, the homepage and social are crucial.

If interested, please contact Mike Semel (mike.semel@washpost.com), Monica Norton (monica.norton@washpost.com), Lynda Robinson (Lynda.robinson@washpost.com or Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com) by May 23.         

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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.

Three Post investigative reporters honored with RFK Journalism Award

Announcement from Investigative Editor Jeff Leen:

Congratulations to Debbie Cenziper, Michael Sallah and Steven Rich for winning the prestigious 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in the Domestic Print category for their series, Homes for the Taking: Liens, Loss and Profiteers. The awards recognize outstanding reporting on issues that reflect Robert Kennedy’s dedication to human rights and social justice, and his belief in the power of individual action. Winning entries provide insights into the causes, conditions, and remedies of human rights violations and injustice. Print awards are given in only two categories, Domestic and International.

WashPost seeks two reporters for Style section

The Washington Post is looking for two new reporters for Style: a general assignment reporter and an arts reporter, both geared for our growing national audience.

The general assignment reporter will be a versatile and engaging writer who is able to offer quick, unique takes on the news of the day. We want someone who can identify new, important, human and quirky angles in the news cycle and grab those moments to shine. This writer will help us explain to people how they can think about the world around them, and how we’re all living our lives. We want someone available to go places to do scene reporting in the moment and to tackle the news through a feature-driven analytical lens. Making readers laugh out loud is a big plus.

For the arts reporting position, we want someone who can respond to news and write with depth and speed. The best candidate has a broad reach to write on topics as diverse as the Minneapolis Orchestra’s efforts to rebuild, summer concert ticket prices and the Detroit Institute of Art’s fight to keep its collections. They must be able to jet in and out of situations at a moment’s notice, acquire sources quickly and research public records in a competitive environment.

If you’re interested, please contact Liz Seymour (liz.seymour@washpost.com) or Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com) by May 23.

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: Digital Editor/Producer for Opinions

The Washington Post Editorial Department is looking for a digital editor-producer for its Opinions section.

The job plays a crucial role in connecting many of The Post’s best-known writers with a wider online audience, and the ideal candidate will have digital savvy, sharp editorial judgment, solid editing skills and fluency in – and enthusiasm for — politics and policy.

Tasks include: Develop and maintain a dynamic social media strategy; work with other departments to promote our content; copy-edit blog posts; respond to breaking news; do web production and work with Wordpress and Methode; create innovative multimedia features; write newsworthy and traffic-driving headlines, and keep up with trends in digital media.

Some evening and weekend hours will be required. If you may be interested please get in touch with Fred Hiatt (fred.hiatt@washpost.com) or Jim Downie (james.downie@washpost.com) by Monday May 16. 

Journo Jobs: Openings on WashPost Financial Staff

The Washington Post’s Financial section has openings for three energetic reporters.

* A general assignment reporter to cover the hot business story of the day. We need someone who is a fast, clean writer with wide-ranging interests. This person should write with voice, should not be afraid to showboat a little, and must be flexible enough to turn on a dime when news breaks. Business experience is not a prerequisite. We want someone who will write from a reader’s point of view to explain or illuminate trends, big stories or personalities behind the news. This is a national assignment, looking at the forces in the world of commerce that affect ordinary people’s lives. This may mean writing a takeout on how Boeing really, really needs to beat Airbus for the next international sale of jetliners; then pivoting to why all the drug companies are merging and what that could mean for everyone’s medical bills; then spinning out a profile of the person who convinced Wal-Mart to go green. These stories should have a fresh angle, a unique perspective that elbows for readers’ attention in a crowded national marketplace for business stories.

* A national technology correspondent based in Silicon Valley. The reporter should be a self-starter with strong writing chops who can generate enterprise at a rigorous pace. We want to profile figures known and not-yet-known, highlight trends before they reach the East Coast and explain what forces are shaping the gadgets and services our readers find so addictive. We won’t ask for run-of-the-mill stories about companies and executives, but rather deeper takes that explain the tech economy and make a single writer stand out from the pack. It’s akin to a foreign posting: Tell us how Silicon Valley influences the broader culture, commerce, attitudes and policy.

* The Financial section is looking for a reporter to cover the fast-changing world of retail. Retailers are like celebrities; everyone has heard of them, has an opinion about them, has some oddly personal relationship with them. And technology is profoundly disrupting the retail business, changing the way people shop and creating new opportunities for small-scale entrepreneurs. The reporter should approach this beat with a sense of fun and with the perspective of an everyday consumer. Tell us why we should care when Walmart tests a subscription retail model, or CVS stops selling cigarettes, or JCPenney takes another drastic personality turn. We’ll want to break news, but the engine of the beat will be our ability to quickly spot trends and explain how events will impact the average pocketbook.

If you’re interested, please let Greg Schneider (Gregory.schneider@washpost.com) , David Cho (david.cho@washpost.com)  or Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com) know by May 23.

Loeb Award Finalists include Post Reporters

Congrats to The Washington Post reporters whose work was among those recognized by the Gerald Loeb Awards:

Explanatory Category Finalists: Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating for “The Cost of Healing” – The Washington Post

Investigative Category Finalists: Debbie Cenziper, Michael Sallah and Steven Rich for “Tax Liens: Left With Nothing” – The Washington Post

Newspapers- Large Category Finalists: Barton Gellman, Laura Poitras, Ellen Nakashima, Craig Timberg, Steven Rich and Ashkan Soltani for “Five of the NSA Stories” – The Washington Post

2014 Gerald Loeb Award Finalists Announced by UCLA Anderson School of Management

Now hiring: National NBA writer and Two national college sports writers

The Washington Post Sports Department has openings for three new reporting positions. We are looking to hire a national NBA writer, as well as two national college sports writers who will also serve as quick-reaction reporters who can jump on a big story of the moment on any topic, not just their coverage areas.

Successful candidates will be energetic, aggressive reporters with a deep understanding of their beats who can write clearly and provide Post readers with insight and analysis that puts game results and news developments in perspective. They should be capable of exploring the hows and whys of the sports world and focus less on what happened yesterday and more on what it will mean tomorrow. Experience in their subject areas is a must; energy, creativity and an eagerness to make the Post a can’t-miss destination for sports fans around the country are equally important.

If interested, please contact Matt Vita (matthew.vita@washpost.com) , Matt Rennie (matthew.rennie@washpost.com)  or Tracy Grant  (tracy.grant@washpost.com) by May 23.

Job opening: Letters and Local Opinions Editor

We are looking for an editor of letters and local opinions. This is a difficult, rewarding and vital job that requires a wide variety of skills.

 The letters half involves choosing, vetting and editing about 70 letters a week, on every conceivable topic, for the editorial page and the Saturday Free For All page. Candidates should enjoy helping often-unpolished writers find their voice. An enthusiasm for diamonds in the rough and unorthodox thinking comes in handy. Strong editing skills are a must, as are an ability to work diplomatically to advocate for letter writers who may take issue with the Post while still enforcing Post standards of fairness and accuracy.

The other half of the job — local opinions — includes finding and editing timely columns on local matters for the Sunday Local Opinions page, while also working with a group of local bloggers who contribute material to the All Opinions Are Local blog.

The letters editor is part of the editorial board and participates in our debates and meetings with visitors. The ideal candidate will be both collegial and a self-starter. Interest in and knowledge of the region would be useful. 

Anyone interested should get in touch with fred.hiatt@washpost.com or Jackson.Diehl@washpost.com by Friday, May 16.

Job Postings: Editors, designers, producers in mobile news

The Washington Post is assembling a team of experienced editors, designers and producers to better serve the growing number of people who read us on mobile devices. These staffers will work on new products as we introduce them.

The editor positions require Washington Post news values as well as the ability to think differently about how we deliver journalism for a mobile audience. We are looking for editors who understand the universal appeal of great stories and the unique ways those stories can be told digitally. These roles demand editorial vision, sound judgment, and an ability to carry out day-to-day production.  

Designers should be able to demonstrate a strong command of news design and digital production. Candidates should have traditional news design experience, digital skills, and a high degree of creativity.

Producer roles require the ability to craft a daily news report that showcases each story’s best elements. News judgment, strong knowledge of production, and experience working with visual and multimedia elements are key.

If you are interested in these positions, please see Cory Haik (cory.haik@washpost.com) or Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com) by May 16.