The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute – Wisconsin’s oldest, most respected think tank – seeks a veteran investigative reporter with editing skills who can help lead a newly formed Project for 21st Century Federalism. The ambitious, multi-year project will focus on the proliferation of taxpayer-funded, federal grants that flow from Washington, D.C. to state and local governments in the Badger State.
We are looking for a fair-minded, objective, aggressive reporter eager to examine the size, long-term effectiveness, transparency or lack thereof, cost, potential redundancy and logic of large, federally funded government programs. Investigations would include an analysis of the actual impact of programs on recipients, on taxpayers, and on the decisions and priorities of state and local policy-makers and bureaucrats.
The ideal candidate will be a natural skeptic, but not a crank with preconceived notions. The ability to write and wind facts into memorable stories is essential, as is the desire to reach conclusions buttressed by facts that will stand up to scrutiny. This is primarily an investigative reporting job but could include some supervisory and editing functions.
We’re searching for a journalist with a willingness to think independently, ask questions others do not, work on long-term projects with specific deadlines, and aggressively use both the state Open Records and federal Freedom of Information Act laws. All candidates must have a desire to have an impact on federal and state policy.
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree, five years of experience in journalism and a record of strong accomplishment on long-term projects is required. Experience in social media a plus.
Applications from more experienced candidates with an exceptional background – but little future – in the mainstream media more than welcome.
The job pays well, and will ultimately help change Wisconsin for the better.
How to Apply
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position/mission of the organization and your salary requirements
- 2-3 clips
Materials should be emailed to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.org. All materials should be sent in one PDF file with your name in the file name
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.
WPRI, established in 1987, is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institute working to engage Wisconsinites and others in discussion and timely action on key public policy issues critical to the future of the state and the prosperity and dignity of its citizens. The institute is guided by a belief that competitive free markets, equal opportunity, private initiative and accountable, transparent, limited and efficient government are essential to our democratic way of life.