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Urban Policy Writer, e.Republic, Washington DC


We’re looking for a reporter who can stay on top of the latest developments in municipal governance, someone who can spotlight city trends and innovations while examining them with a critical eye. Your coverage will help tell detailed and contextualized stories about the economic, social and political impacts of urban affairs and reform.

GOVERNING is the nation's leading media platform covering politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders. Recognized as the most credible and authoritative voice in its field, GOVERNING provides nonpartisan news, insight and analysis on such issues as public finance, transportation, economic development, health, energy, the environment and technology.

Cities are the engines of the American economy, and the hubs of innovation. At Governing, we’ve been covering municipal policies and programs since we launched 30 years ago. 

We want someone with sharp reporting and writing skills, the ability to generate and pitch enterprise story ideas, a knack for nurturing sources and a desire to grow within our expanding organization. You will work closely with the editors of Governing magazine and governing.com to continue to make our magazine and website the go-to source for news and analysis on state and local government. 

Your coverage would include areas such as:
•    Gentrification, affordable housing and income inequality
•    Civic technology, smart cities and data analysis
•    Urban placemaking and designing for livability
•    Crime and policing, including community relations and race relations
•    Economic development
•    Environmental sustainability, disaster preparedness, resiliency planning
•    Citizen engagement, as well as engagement with the private sector and the philanthropic community

Responsibilities include:
•    Developing, planning and reporting news articles, features and major enterprise stories for Governing.com and Governing magazine
•    Cultivating news sources
•    Covering stories as assigned by editors
•    Participating in departmental planning for future coverage

The ideal candidate is a self-starter with at least 5 years covering city government and urban innovations. Additional qualifications include:   
•    Demonstrated ability to develop original story ideas of interest to readership
•    Strong reporting, writing and analytic skills
•    Experience juggling multiple deadlines
•    An interest in working with data and experimenting with different methods of storytelling
•    Strong work ethic and motivation to succeed
•    A commitment to nonpartisan reporting and writing
•    Ability and willingness to travel as needed.
•    Proven ability to work well with others and contribute to the team
•    Ability to represent Governing in media appearances and at events

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.

Please send your resume and writing samples to Nadine Davis at ndavis@erepublic.com.

All applications must include a cover letter, resume and five of your best writing samples.

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