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Electionland Newsroom (Full-Time Contract)

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

ProPublica is looking for a journalist to join Electionland — one of the largest collaborative reporting projects in the United States. You’ll help hundreds of local reporters cover voting barriers during the 2018 midterm elections.

Electionland doesn’t focus on the candidates or on who is winning. We focus on the things that prevent people from voting: long lines, broken voting machines, confusion around voter ID requirements, changed voting locations, use of provisional ballots, language access problems, harassment by challengers at the polls, misinformation, cybersecurity incidents, etc.

The position is full-time (a part-time position is also available) and begins Oct. 1 and goes through Election Day. The pay is $30 an hour. The position is in New York City. Telecommuting will not be considered.

You’ll help local reporters identify voting trends in their area and across the country from data Electionland collects. You’ll package these as news tips, sending these to local reporters. You’ll also help local reporters research and report out their stories so that strapped local newsrooms can still facilitate quality elections coverage.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Has terrific research skills, with experience using datasets for reporting
  • Is excited about reporting stories about election integrity and voting rights
  • Is passionate about collaborative journalism and thrilled about helping local reporters produce stories on Election Day
  • Is willing to think creatively about the best ways to collaborate across newsrooms
  • Ideally, has experience doing local reporting, preferably local politics

We know there are great candidates who won’t fit everything we’ve described above, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply. There’s a place on the application for you to tell us more.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our own staff.) We are committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking active steps to meet this commitment. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

If all of this sounds exciting to you, apply using this form.

If you have questions, email [email protected].

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