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Company: The Associated Press
Newsperson/Political Writer
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
February 14, 2013
Job ID: 1461319

The Associated Press seeks a Newsperson/Political Writer based in Miami, Florida.

Florida politics are intense, intriguing and often history-making. The AP seeks a reporter who understands the dynamics of Florida politics, its players and the issues that resonate not just nationally but globally. We seek a journalist who can build sources, break news and capture the essence of the issues and players. The position places a premium on accountability and investigative reporting, as well as the ability to conduct interviews in both English and Spanish. The successful candidate will report to the news editor in Florida and work with other AP staff in Washington, D.C., and the AP's south regional operation in Atlanta.   Responsibilities include both spot news and analytical reporting and writing.  The correspondent must have a demonstrated ability to break news through strong, aggressive source development and maintenance.

The political writer: * Sets an example of aggressive, competitive news coverage. * Writes accurately and quickly on deadline. * Aggressively pursues breaking news. * Conceives, reports and writes compelling enterprise stories. * Develops sources and beats to produce original reporting.

Qualifications: Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in reporting and writing, including the ability to develop sources, break news, originate story ideas and write about complex issues in a clear and engaging way. Ideal candidate should be highly organized with the ability to multi task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must be able to recognize strong story ideas from a variety of sources and develop newsworthy stories of state, national and global interest. Experience in accountability journalism, including filing freedom of information requests, is required. Multimedia experience gathering of audio and video would also be considered a plus. Other Qualifications: * Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. * Ability to work accurately in a deadline-driven environment. * Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally to a varied audience. * Demonstrated high level of fluency in both written and spoken Spanish. * Strong organizational skills, with proven ability to juggle multiple stories across formats and meet deadlines. * Strong interpersonal skills and solid news judgment.   * Demonstrated ability to work in or have the understanding of multi format journalism. * Demonstrated strong news judgment. Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English language is required.  Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory. The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP. AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.

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