The Wall Street Journal is seeking an experienced and aggressive reporter to cover the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security with a focus on election security and integrity as we approach the midterm elections and presidential election in 2024. The beat also includes shared coverage of the cases stemming from the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.
This job is an opportunity to be part of a fast-paced team covering highly competitive news at the center of our nation’s politics. It will involve producing enterprise stories and breaking news that will distinguish the Journal’s coverage.
The job also requires a collegial approach since this position is part of a team and involves partnerships with the Journal’s many other talented reporters in the U.S.
- Need to understand the legal issues involved in the DOJ cases and the changes in election law implemented after the 2020 election.
- Need to establish a broad source network at Justice, DHS and other agencies tasked with ensuring election security and combating domestic threats to break news
- Produce enterprise stories and news under tight deadlines to provide the smartest and most distinctive coverage from Washington
- Collaborate with other teams of reporters in Washington and beyond.
- Knowledge of the rhythms of the Justice Department, and an understanding of the various key players in that department and the Department of Homeland Security.
- A familiarity with how election laws have been changed and the outstanding prosecutions that stem from the Jan. 6 attack.
- A demonstrated ability to generate scoops, cover big stories under deadline pressure and produce smart analytical pieces.
The position will be based in Washington, D.C., and report to Justice and Judiciary Editor James Graff. To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter explaining how you would approach the job and five clips.
The Journal’s reporters, editors, developers, and audio and visual journalists create important and impactful stories, firmly rooted in fact and adhering to the highest ethical standards. We report without fear or bias, and we maintain a proper sense of perspective, detachment and objectivity in our reporting.
To apply, go here.