June 13, 2011

Entry-level reporter @ U.S. News & World Report

The U.S. News & World Report, a 1.2 million circulation news magazine, is seeking a college graduate with a diverse background in writing and Web production for a one-year internship in its Politics & Policy section. The full-time paid position is based in Washington, D.C.

Duties include: Researching and writing stories for the Politics & Policy section, including the Opinion and Whispers sections; Assisting with the production of Web packages that include stories, charts, slide shows, photo galleries, and other elements; Writing and editing headlines and other content for the Politics & Policy and Opinion sections; Helping to develop social media efforts for the section;  Assisting with tracking traffic, keywords, and other online trends on major portals and other sites;  Coordinating with outside writers and contributors to generate content for the sections

Requirements: A firm grasp of current events and strong news judgment; Strong research and writing skills; The ability to work on deadlines in a journalistic environment and manage several tasks and projects simultaneously; Strong communication and organizational skills; A demonstrated understanding of social media and ability to effectively promote U.S. News content on social media networks; Working knowledge of HTML and Web production. Familiarity with content management systems;  Knowledge of SEO best practices and online analytics reporting via Google Analytics or Omniture is a plus; Knowledge of image-editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, is a plus.

Applicants must provide 2-3 references and 3 writing clips in addition to résumé and cover letter. Please send all materials to tsmart@usnews.com and include the phrase “Politics intern” in the subject field.

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