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Voting and Platforms Reporter

Job Summary

Technology, algorithms, social media and platforms play central roles in our democracy. The giants of technology decide the news we see, the connections we keep and the shape of our politics. We’re looking for a reporter who will help us hold them accountable, particularly when it comes to their role in spreading the disinformation and misinformation that affects elections.

The question of how or whether to regulate the tech giants is being fought out in the courts, Congress and state legislatures. We’re looking for someone who can mine stories from the intricacies of legal briefs and develop sources in the army of lobbyists and interest groups with a stake in the fight. You should be skilled at explaining complex subjects in a compelling, accessible way — whether in text or another medium. You don’t need to be a coder, but you should have a deep understanding of how technology works.

We’re also looking for someone who:
Has a track record of reporting aggressively and landing revelatory stories about abuses of power
Has strong ideas about what areas and stories we should dig into
Aches to do stories that are both important and powerfully told
Is excited about all the ways we can do journalism nowadays: from deep data-digging to working with readers to marrying narrative and investigative forms
Likes working with others. Everybody at ProPublica has their own superpower. And we do our best work together.
We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our staff.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

If all of this sounds exciting to you, you can apply using this form. We will begin reviewing applications on Feb. 1.

This job is a full-time position with benefits. Our newsroom is based in New York, but we are open to remote applicants. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Questions? Send them to No phone calls, please.


Organization: ProPublica
Location: New York New York US
Date Posted: January 15, 2021
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