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Staff Reporter

Daily Kos

Daily Kos

Marketing & Communications
Remote
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Location: Remote within the US

Daily Kos is the nation’s largest liberal online political community, news organization, and activism hub. We produce news you can do something about. Powered by millions of dedicated activists, we’re transforming media and organizing by empowering regular Americans to reshape politics.

The Staff Reporter works with the Newsroom team, as part of the Content Division, writing about politics through an unapologetically progressive lens to provide readers with information and resources to fight for democracy, win elections, and impact government.

The position may require weekend work.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify and pitch multiple stories a day, from quick, short pieces with unique angles on political news of the day as well as longer originally reported stories and analysis
  • Build and maintain relationships with leaders and staff in elected officials’ offices, campaigns, and advocacy organizations
  • Contribute to coverage of breaking news and live events, such as election nights and presidential debates
  • Help the newsroom track news developments in real time and alert editors to breaking news
  • Use video-clipping software such as TVEyes to incorporate video into stories as appropriate
  • Work to build a personal brand through an active social media presence
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Experience:

  • Must have a minimum of 3+ years of original reporting experience at a digital news outlet, preferably in advocacy journalism, including:
    • Reaching out to sources;
    • Conducting interviews;
    • A base of existing sources and the skills to grow it;
    • A portfolio of work that demonstrates original and enterprise reporting
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Knowledge of digital best practices, including SEO, headline writing, and metrics

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing skills, with the ability to write clean copy that does not require substantial re-writing
  • Knowledge of AP style
  • Ability to break down complex policies and processes for a general audience
  • Deep understanding of progressive and electoral politics
  • Excellent news judgment
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • Comfortable with a virtual working environment
  • Be tech and internet savvy (we use Google Docs, Slack, Dropbox, Asana, and lots of other tools that make work life easier)

Salary Range: $77,250.00 - $87,550.00

Benefits:

Daily Kos is proud to deliver a strong total rewards program to our employees.

The position offers:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Remote-first work environment
  • Paid employee medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Access to a Health Advocate
  • 401K with a 5% company match
  • 9 Company-paid holidays
  • 6 weeks vacation
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Traumatic Grief Leave
  • Paid parental/family/medical leave
  • Remote Worker Stipend
  • Professional Development Stipend
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Flex Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Company paid short & long term disability
  • Voluntary Accident & Critical Illness benefit

This position is a 40 hour/week, full-time, exempt position reporting to the Managing Editor. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the United States. In addition, our organizational commitment to personal growth and work-life balance reduces churn and encourages a very rewarding long-term position.

At Daily Kos, we believe that diversity of ideas, experiences, and cultures helps us be more effective activists. We are proud to be an inclusive and equal opportunity workplace. We have a team of amazing people with backgrounds and talents energized by the news events and people united by a common cause. We love learning and support training for employees to continue career growth. In addition, our organizational commitment to personal growth and work-life balance reduces churn and encourages a very rewarding long-term position.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Note: Principals Only. Daily Kos does not accept agency calls or resumes. Please do not forward resumes to any recruiting alias or employee.