Staff Writer Job with Foreign Policy for Recent IR Grad with Blogging Experience--Application Due September 9!
Foreign Policy is looking for two staff journalists to help us revamp and run our news blog. We’re looking for fresh voices and quick writers as part of a two-person team that will ensure the FP blog is a must-read in and beyond the Beltway on a daily basis.
Founded in 1970 by Samuel Huntington and Warren Demian Manshel, and now published by the FP Group, a division of Graham Holdings Company, in Washington, D.C., Foreign Policy is the premier, award-winning magazine of global politics, economics, and ideas. Our mission is to explain how the world works — in particular, how the process of globalization is reshaping nations, institutions, cultures, and, more fundamentally, our daily lives. FP is a 2010, 2006, and 2005 nominee and a 2009, 2007, and 2003 winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The magazine’s readers include some of the most influential leaders in business, government, and other professional arenas throughout the United States and more than 160 other countries.
In January 2009, ForeignPolicy.com was relaunched as a vibrant, daily online magazine. Rather than merely complementing the print edition, the site stands on its own as one of the web’s premier destinations for international news and opinion. FP has recruited some of the sharpest writers in international politics to look beyond the day’s headlines to uncover overlooked stories and unique angles.
The successful candidates will be able to nimbly cover breaking news and have a sharp eye for unique angles on high-visibility global issues — especially as they intersect with Washington. They will write with tone, wit, and verve. And they will know, for example, who Sergei Lavrov is, what Chavismo is, and why Kirkuk is important to the United States — or at least have the wherewithal to quickly find out without constant help or hand-holding.
Most importantly, the successful candidates’ work will be grounded in good journalism: balance, careful sourcing, and clear-eyed explanation of facts gleaned through solid reporting. They will be hungry to keep the blog lively and fun with a constant flow of short reports, nuggets of insider news, and quick-hit analyses on trending topics throughout the day. The positions are for early-career journalists who are quick studies and have at least some blogging experience.
Fluency in a foreign language or time living abroad are both a plus, but not absolutely necessary. What is necessary is that you wow us with your cover letter, resume, three clips, and your take on any three very recent news items that would have made for good fodder for posts.
Interested? Send your materials by September 9 to Managing Editor/News Lara Jakes (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Deputy Managing Editor/News Keith Johnson (email@example.com). We’ll let you know if we like what we see. No phone calls, please, and candidates MUST be based in Washington.