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Company: The Associated Press
Newsperson/Politics and Government Reporter
District of Columbia
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
April 25, 2013
Job ID: 1478362

The Associated Press seeks a politics and government reporter for its Washington, D.C., location. The reporter will join AP's national reporting team focused on covering Washington, including President Barack Obama's administration, Congress at a time of divided government, the 2014 and 2016 political campaigns. The reporter will aggressively cover spot news, but also have the ability to step back and explore how both campaign events and policy developments fit into the larger themes of a changing country. The reporter will report from Washington as well as travel the country, seeking to make the world of politics and governing understandable to people across the nation and asking hard questions designed to hold current and aspiring lawmakers accountable for their words and actions. The reporter is expected to be comfortable with multimedia components of journalism, including video, radio and social networking tools.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate would have two or more years of experience covering politics at a state level, national politics or Washington and government. The person must have a demonstrated understanding of the nexus between campaigning and governing, and a familiarity with Congress, the White House and the relationship between the two.

The person must have sharp political instincts, outstanding news judgment, familiarity with polling, a strong competitive instinct and the ability to report and write quickly in a fast-paced atmosphere. A curiosity about the nation and its people is vital. The candidate also must be an experienced interviewer who doesn't shirk from hard questions and who can hold politicians accountable for their words and actions. This person must also have the ability to work productively in a team setting, both with colleagues in house and with a far-flung network of reporters and editors in states and regions.

The person must be aggressive and adept at setting priorities and reordering them as needed, particularly under deadline pressure or as circumstances change. The person should have strong editing and writing skills, and experience with multimedia components of journalism, including TV, radio and social networking tools. Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English 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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