TPM Jobs & Internships

To apply for one of the positions below, please send an application via email to talk (at) talkingpointsmemo.com with a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the job, a resume and three clips. Please include the name of the position you are applying for, preceded by “Job App:”, in the subject line of the email, using the title description used in the announcements below.

In other words, “Job App: Transportation Reporter” or “Job App: News Writer”

Jobs

Reporter (Washington, DC)

TalkingPointsMemo.com is hiring a reporter to work in our Washington, DC office. Reporters are the main arms of our editorial team, using a mix of good old fashioned reporting skills and digital native tools to identify stories, grab hold of them and not let go until there's no more news left in them to report. Our model is iterative journalism, which means we strive not to be captive to any single format but rather let the story and news of the moment dictate the format we use to cover it.

We're looking for someone who is deeply conversant with the news world and ready to work at the fast-paced metabolism of a new media news organization. A solid grasp of contemporary U.S. politics, a real familiarity with TPM, and solid news judgment are each a must. Health care policy expertise a definite plus. We want reporters who are just as ready to jump on a story in Arizona or Ohio as Washington, DC. Our scope is American politics and political culture on a broad canvas, wherever it happens. Applicants should have 3 to 5 years editorial experience, ideally in settings with some similarity to TPM.

Competitive salary, health insurance coverage, 401(k), three weeks paid vacation per year. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Story Editor (Washington, DC)

TPM is seeking a Story Editor in its Washington DC bureau to assist with managing copy flow, copy editing, headline writing, and overall story quality. You have at least three years' experience as a story editor in online news and know the basics of copyediting and fact-checking. You have great news judgment, encyclopedic political knowledge, and a wide-ranging curiosity.

You delight in writing cleverly effective headlines. You relish the challenge of developing a style guide from scratch and bringing a consistency of style to a newsroom. You know AP style like the back of your hand.

You can punch up ledes, rescue a buried lede, or rewrite extensively – and do it all at a blazing speed. You can help coordinate the copy flow across two offices in different cities and with reporters in the field.

You are practical and adaptive. You understand the demands of a digital newsroom and can roll with the punches.

You are a good teammate, quickly earn the respect of your colleagues, and can be relied on when the going gets tough. You know that a good sense of humor is essential in all things.

The position offers health insurance coverage, 401(k), and three weeks paid vacation per year.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Fellowships (NYC)

TPM fellows in our New York office are involved in every aspect of our operation and have a hand in everything we do. They work alongside our reporters to write and break stories, help our editors keep a finger on the pulse of the news day, and produce all kinds of digital media from youtube clips to mash-up photographs. The fellows also attend weekly brown bag lunches with reporters, editors and publishing staff to learn the ins and outs of the new media business.

Half of our current staff is made up of former TPM fellows. Other fellows and interns have moved on to jobs in new and old media alike, working for Think Progress, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The New York Sun, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and more.

In early 2009 we introduced our Editorial Fellows program, which runs for three (3) to six (6) months and comes with a stipend. In May 2011 we launched our tech fellowship program, and in March 2012 we launched our Publishing Fellows program.

To learn more about what we do at TPM and what we’ve accomplished in the last year, see these news reports on TPM from 2007.

Because each fellow is encouraged to work in multiple parts of our operation, it’s important that applicants have a basic understanding of new media technologies (blogging, YouTube, etc.) and a desire and ability to learn quickly.

Internships

TPM Polling Internship

TPM is seeking a Polling Intern to help manage it's award winning app, PollTracker. This is a paid internship program in which interns get a crash course in polling and in how a digital media news organization works from the ground up. We’re taking applications for a polling internship to begin immediately. Former TPM interns and fellows have gone on to jobs at The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The New York Sun, The Verge, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and more.

TPM polling interns are involved in every aspect of PollTracker and have a hand in everything we do. They work alongside our PollTracker team to monitor new polling, enter data, detect trends, break news, and write stories.

The polling intern will receive a stipend. The position is based in TPM’s New York City office.

Rising seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students, as well as relevant course of study, preferred. Qualified applicants can receive academic credit.

To apply, send an email to jobs at talkingpointsmemo.com with a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references. Include the subject line: “Job App: Polling Internship.”

Editorial Internships (NYC)

Description: The TPM Internship is a paid internship program in which interns get a crash course in how a digital media news organization works from the ground up. We’re taking applications for our summer cycle TPM internship. Former TPM interns and fellows have gone on to jobs at The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The New York Sun, The Verge, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and more. And usually a third to a half of our staff is made up of former fellows and interns. Full listing after the jump.

TPM interns are involved in every aspect of our operation and have a hand in everything we do. They work alongside our reporters to write and break stories, help our editors keep a finger on the pulse of the news day, and produce all kinds of digital media from youtube clips to mash-up photographs. The fellows also attend weekly brown bag lunches with reporters, editors and publishing staff to learn the ins and outs of the new media business.

Our fellows and interns have moved on to jobs in new and old media alike, working for us, as well as The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The New York Sun, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and more.

Fellows receive a stipend for the summer. The internship program is ongoing and we are always accepting applications. The position is based in TPM’s New York City office.

Rising seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students, as well as relevant course of study, preferred. Qualified applicants can receive academic credit.

To apply for any of our internships, send an email to internship at talkingpointsmemo.com with a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two written references. Include the subject line: “Job App: Editorial Internship.”

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