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Junior Writer, Viral Politics

Independent Journal Review (IJR) is one of the largest news publishers in the world.  IJR is a news site dedicated to providing objective, fair, and deeply creative, shareable news. We are a Top 50 website in the US, averaging more than 30 million unique visitors a month. Traditionally, news and politics have been presented in a way that doesn’t lend itself to social sharing. We want to change that. By connecting deeply with our audience and building trust, we strive to foster a more informed and diverse community of opinion, using social connections to spread fair reporting delivered in a socially native fashion.

The right candidate for this position sees a lot of the media landscape today and says, “We need better than this.” They’re not interested in pushing an agenda to fit a bias; instead, they’re interested in giving a voice to people who feel that their voices aren’t heard.  But when it comes to tackling hot button issues in America, they don’t have an issue using evidence to express alternative viewpoints in a level-headed way.

If you’re applying for this job, you don’t do vanilla ice cream writing. You do chocolate fudge chunk waffle cone sugar cookie writing.  The right candidate for this position wakes up every day and asks “How can I make a difference in the world?”  They are teachable, coachable and humble. But they’re fun too. They don’t want to report in the style of traditional media outlets.

The ideal candidate is willing to go the extra mile and the extra, extra mile to get a good story. They will stay on late if necessary, just to make sure that their story is right. They will make 30 phone calls to reach the right person. He or she is able to succeed in a fast-paced environment, is a self-starter, and isn’t afraid to speak up. Being a team player is essential. They are dedicated and value their integrity.  

They want to be a reporter/journalist/content creator/chocolate fudge chunk waffle cone sugar cookie ice cream cone because they are tired of the same old stories, the same old content, and are ready to change the game and dominate the narrative in the media landscape today.

 

This is a full-time position based in our Washington, D.C.-area office; the position MAY be remote for the right person. 

 

Here is what you’ll be responsible for in this position

  • Pitch, develop and execute unique, creative content that transforms timely news topics into an experience for our audience.
  • Regularly pursue original ideas and story leads.
  • Work quickly in a collaborative fashion with editors and/or other team members.
  • Assist in an editorial capacity as needed.

Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 years of newsroom experience working on a social publishing model.
  • A love for visual storytelling.
  • The ability to understand others’ perspectives in order to present information objectively and fairly.
  • Comprehensive understanding of all major social media platforms.
  • Comprehensive understanding of current events and American news and politics.
  • Organized and concept-to-execution driven work mentality.
  • The ability and drive to work quickly.
  • The willingness to work breaking news cycles, weekends and holidays.
  • Fast learner, critical thinker.
  • Love freedom, dogs & America.

Benefits

  • Competitive compensation
  • Mac setup and monthly cell phone reimbursement
  • Fast-paced environment with no bureaucracy
  • Monthly parking or Metro stipend
  • 100% premium covered Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 3% contribution to 401k
  • Catered lunch every Friday

Interested? Apply online and be sure to include samples of your work!


 

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