June 29, 2011

Paid political journalism internship in Berkeley, Calif.

MapLight, a non-profit government watchdog news organization, is accepting applications for a writer/research internship. This is a paid position ($10/hr.), requiring a 20-hour a week commitment spread over three days (ideally Tuesday-Thursday) working in our downtown Berkeley office.

We are looking for a well-organized self-starter with a strong interest in illustrating the role money plays in American politics. This position will be responsible for writing at least two short-form items a week on upcoming bill actions. Please see the MapLight Web site for examples. This is an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates of journalism and political science interested in establishing their credentials in political reporting.

This position is responsible for tracking key legislation in the US Congress, conducting MapLight's unique bill position research, and drafting stories highlighting the influence of money in politics. This position will work in tandem with our current California reporter/researcher.

A typical day would be spent gleaning Congressional committee testimony, news articles, and organizations Web sites for instances of explicit support and opposition on key legislation most likely to get news coverage. The individual will need to be able to utilize online resources and prioritize which bills have the combination of impending committee or floor action and support/opposition from interest groups.

Please send resume and coverletter to jobs@maplight.org with "Part-Time Writer/Researcher: US Congress" in the subject line.

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