January 26, 2012

Entry-level political journalism job @ U.S. News & World Report

The Politics & Policy section at U.S. News & World Report is seeking a college graduate with a diverse background in writing and Web production for a one-year paid internship.

The duties of this full-time (37.5 hours a week), hourly paid position will 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


-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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