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Staff Writer, DCist (14659)

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Date: Apr 7, 2018

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20008

Company: American University


WAMU is seeking a Staff Writer to compose daily news stories and features for the online local news source, DCist. This position is responsible for conceiving and pitching creative story ideas, reporting articles on a short turnaround, and crafting stories into compelling and sharable content covering issues of importance to the DC region. The ideal candidate is a highly capable writer with an appealing and distinctive editorial style, as well as an instinctive sense of which stories are of most importance and interest to the DCist readership. 

Work Environment

  • The Staff Writer reports to the Editor-in-Chief of DCist, and is part of the Content division at WAMU

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 35-Nonexempt

Required Education and Experience

  • Degree in journalism, digital media, or a related field.
  • 3+ years’ writing compelling editorial content in a fast-paced news environment
  • Superb writing skills, with the proven ability to write conversationally and with a distinctive editorial style
  • Experience executing social media strategy and engaging online audiences around news content
  • Impeccable news judgment and a demonstrated understanding of the importance of accuracy and ethics in journalism
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to the mission of local journalism and public media
  • A high degree of creativity and initiative
  • A spirit of collaboration and a desire to experiment and innovate 

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check


Current American University Employees:

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Contact Us:

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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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