Newsperson (Water Policy)

Associated Press

Washington, DC, US

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The Associated Press seeks an enterprising reporter with a proven track record of developing sources and breaking stories to cover water regulatory and policy developments west of the Mississippi as a newsperson, based in Washington, D.C.

This is a temporary position, lasting for two years. Reporting to a deputy health and science editor, this reporter will focus on actions at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Interior, Agriculture, Commerce and Energy departments (among others) that have impact on water use and overuse, water rights, water quality and safety, food production, dams, development, flooding and natural habitats. The successful candidate will report on key legislation in Congress and federal court decisions that alter how water resources are managed, and work with AP reporters nationwide to generate stories that connect regulatory actions with on-the-ground impacts. This reporter will be comfortable reporting with data, freedom of information requests, in multiple media formats, and using social media to break news and develop sources. This newsperson must have the ability and willingness to work any shift, including at night and on weekends, or as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.

The successful candidate will:

  • have a demonstrated history of successful beat reporting on government agencies, the environment, science or health, with a record of compelling work on deadline and the production of enterprise that is illuminating and entertaining.
  • work among a team of journalists, reporters and editors to deliver spot news and enterprise coverage that breaks news, has impact and is exclusive to AP.  
  • have strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with the diverse team of journalists at the AP who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics.  
  • have a great news sense, with the ability to communicate stories that people will want to share, like and talk about on social media and other platforms.  
  • pursue innovative coverage techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity.

Qualifications: This newsperson must have demonstrated excellence as a beat reporter covering government agencies, the environment, science or health, with a record of delivering exclusive and distinctive spot news and enterprise stories on a complex and challenging beat. Applicants must be able to explain complex stories in clear and compelling ways and do so swiftly and accurately on tight deadlines. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively as a member of a team and should have at least two years of full-time experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet, or an AP bureau or regional desk.  

Other qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English.
  • Professional competency in Spanish or another language besides English is a plus.
  • Basic proficiency in using an iPhone for photos and video is required. Advanced proficiency is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats and deliver success on a complex, challenging story lines.

Application deadline is January 22, 2021 11:59pm est