The Miami Herald seeks an aggressive senior political correspondent to uncover compelling, insightful and newsy angles to the biggest political story of the next two years – the run-up to the 2024 presidential election and Florida’s role in it.
This correspondent should have a proven track record of generating ahead-of-the-curve story ideas, cultivating the sources necessary to break exclusives in an extremely competitive landscape, and a flair for writing authoritative, relevant stories that draw readers who may not live and breathe politics the way this reporter does. The political correspondent should have the storytelling skills to make sure the stories don’t get lost in the weeds but rather capture the audience. This position is not for inside-the-Beltway writers.
The senior political correspondent will work with reporters on the local government team, in Tallahassee and the Washington bureau with an eye to shaping and strengthening our political coverage.
In this role, you will need to:
- Break news and produce enterprise and accountability stories that delve into how the national political race is playing out in Florida and how that in turn is affecting the national stage
- Bring sources with you and then build on that source base
- Generate a steady stream of story ideas that don’t just cover the process of politics –Work in a collaborative way with reporters on other teams
- Find creative, audience-focused ways to tell the politics story so it captures wider audience interest
The successful candidate should meet many, though not necessarily all, of the following requirements:
- At least five years reporting experience covering local, state or national politics
- Clear, lively writing that pulls readers in and carries them all the way to the kicker
- Drive to be the leader in news coverage, not a follower of what others have written
- Openness and enthusiasm for using alternative story formats, multimedia storytelling and collaboration with colleagues on our visual and data teams
- Pride in accuracy and integrity in reporting
- College degree or equivalent experience
- Must have reliable transportation. Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works
Salary: $80,000 to $85,000
To apply, include a persuasive cover letter, your resume and four to six examples of your best work.
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