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Company: The Pew Charitable Trusts
District of Columbia
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
April 2, 2013
Job ID: 1472583


The Organization


The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improving public policy, informing the public and stimulating civic life. Since transforming to a public charity in 2004, we have gained the ability to run our own projects and have greater flexibility to fulfill our public service mission. As a result, over the past seven years our organization has grown significantly, tripling in size and expanding the scope of our work nationally as well as internationally. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our commitment to practical, fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual charitable funds, established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew. Our offices are located in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London, and our staff spans other regions of the United States and Australia.


Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


Project Overview


Stateline, based in Washington, D.C., is the daily online news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Launched in 1998, it is an editorially independent, web-based source of news and analysis that helps policy makers, the media, influential stakeholders, and the public track developments in state capitals nationwide. Staffed by professional journalists, Stateline provides the latest news, analysis, and intelligence from state capitals on tax and budget policy, energy and the environment, health, education, elections, and other issues. It produces more than 30 originally reported articles on key state policy issues every month, while also offering a daily news roundup from dozens of state and local media outlets that identifies emerging issues and trends in the 50 states. Stateline also produces special reports, such as its annual State of the States series, and intensive, ongoing coverage of major events—e.g., how states are responding to the federal health care overhaul. Stateline’s annual readership includes thousands of state officials, policy makers, business leaders, journalists, students of state government, and ordinary citizens. The content appears at, and is distributed to news outlets served by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. Stateline is committed to the highest standards of objectivity, fairness and journalistic integrity.


Position Overview


This position is part of a team of experienced reporters and editors who cover trends and key developments in state policy and politics for Stateline. The budget and tax staff writer will focus on immediate crises and long-term challenges facing states’ budgets and fiscal health, including public pensions, taxes, public-private partnerships politics and a host of other topics. The staff writer is responsible for conceiving, researching and writing news stories that are compelling, thorough and analytical. The staff writer also will use news judgment and basic online skills to help compile a daily roundup of news stories and will adapt to the use of digital reporting tools to create and/or manage new content for the website.


This position reports to the Editor, who is based in Washington, D.C.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, with at least four years practical experience in news or feature writing and demonstrated expertise on state tax and budget policy.
  • Track record of producing accurate daily news, news features and analytical articles on tight deadlines. Clear, effective writing style.
  • Excellent interviewing skills, grammar and command of AP style required.
  • Understanding of state and national government as they relate to tax and budget policy preferred.
  • Computer-assisted reporting skills and experience with databases or spreadsheets a plus.
  • Experience with social media.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, stay attentive to details, and identify resources for projects.
  • Capacity to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture which emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork. Accustomed to working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.



We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including a generous 401(k) plan, four weeks’ vacation and flexible benefit options.



It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel occasionally within the U.S.


For Immediate Consideration


Please visit the Careers@Pew section of the website to learn more about the organization review the complete job description and apply online at


Pew is an equal opportunity employer.




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