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BuzzFeed News is hiring a National Political Reporter responsible for tackling the big political stories across the country at any given moment.
This is a high-target position, with an eye on the big figures & issues across the political spectrum. The key goals for this beat should be to stay ahead of the conversation, expose bad behavior as it arises, & hold power to account.
One week the reporter could be crashing on reporting into a scandal-ridden Democratic governor, & the next could be moving onto Republican state legislators efforts to limit voting access. It will involve reporting on the national trends & forever wars across political culture, for example legislation against transgender people & vaccine skepticism.
The coverage & the reporters areas of focus will grow & develop over time, leading into the 2022 & 2024 elections.
The reporter would be expected to develop deep, & diverse, sources across national politics. Some of that sourcing & reporting in the outset could take place in Congress especially around politicians who might be eying 2024 but this is not a Congress-focused job.
We also expect the reporter to deliver creative, original story ideas rooted in BuzzFeeds DNA stories, angles, & perspectives that other reporters will miss & that will matter to our engaged, online, & curious audience. The beat should not be tied to a conventional idea of what matters in politics & to political commentators, & the reporting should take seriously the concerns of people & sources under-represented in political reporting.
As a team, our goal each day is to produce excellent political news that is well-reported, accurate, sharp, accountability-driven, & substantial. That can include scoops; daily stories that add value to the big news of the day; mid- & long-range reporting projects including high-impact investigations; & features underpinned by emotional intelligence & the real-world impacts that policies & politics have on people in the US. The candidate & the editor will work out an accomplishable cadence, where the reporter will have room to be reactive to big news & also room to nail down that two-week reporting project.
The reporter would also not be reporting alone: Its crucial that this is someone who thrives working as part of a team, & who is willing to collaborate with other reporters. This is a serious job, but the reporter should be able to have fun & work with their colleagues to publish the best journalism possible.
Candidates should have experience reporting on a variety of national issues & figures from a politics perspective. Were open to all years of experience & all sorts of career paths we recognize that not everyones trajectory in the journalism industry is the same.
This position will report to our political editor, who is based in New York. The reporters location is negotiable.
All job applications must be received through the official BuzzFeed Jobs board (https://www.buzzfeed.com/about/jobs), including referrals. It is BuzzFeed's practice to not schedule job interviews until after an application is submitted through our jobs board.
Life at BuzzFeed
At BuzzFeed, we believe our work benefits from the diverse perspectives of our employees. As such, BuzzFeed celebrates inclusion & is committed to equal opportunity employment. At BuzzFeed, you can expect:
- A supportive, inclusive atmosphere on a team that values your contributions
- Opportunities for personal & professional growth through work experience, offerings from our in-house Learning @ BuzzFeed team, our Employee Resource Groups, & more
- An attractive & equitable compensation package, including salary & stock options
A generous benefits program featuring PTO, unlimited sick time, comprehensive medical benefits, a family leave policy, access to mental health platforms, retirement plans, gym & wellness discounts, & much more.
BuzzFeed is the worlds leading tech-powered media company, with a cross-platform news & entertainment network that reaches hundreds of millions of people globally. The company aims to spread truth & joy across the internet by producing articles, lists, quizzes, videos, original series; lifestyle content through brands including Tasty, the worlds largest social food network; original reporting & investigative journalism through BuzzFeed News; strategic partnerships, licensing & product development through BuzzFeed Marketing; & original productions across broadcast, cable, SVOD, film & digital platforms for BuzzFeed Studios.
BuzzFeed is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, & will not be discriminated against based on age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any other protected category.