• Senior Associate, Staff Writer, Stateline

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 4 months ago(4 months ago)
    Job ID
    Program-Research & Science
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


    We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


    Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.


    With offices in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


    Project Overview
    Based in Washington, D.C., Stateline is a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Launched in 1998, it is a web-based source of analysis and intelligence from state capitals on a variety of issues. It produces approximately 25 originally reported articles on key state policy issues every month, while also offering email alerts with original content and links to other sources identifying emerging issues and trends in the 50 states and DC. Stateline also produces special reports, such as its annual State of the States series, and intensive, ongoing coverage of major events (e.g., how states are responding to ongoing fiscal pressures). Stateline’s readership includes thousands of state officials, policy makers, business leaders, journalists, students of state government and ordinary citizens. The content appears at www.pewstates.org/stateline and is distributed via news outlets including USA Today, Huffington Post, McClatchy-Tribune Information Services, and Kaiser Health News, among others.


    Position Overview
    This position is part of a team of experienced writers and editors who cover trends and key developments in state policy and politics for Stateline. The writer will focus on issues facing state and local governments, with an emphasis on how different states are grappling with the same challenges and broad trends that might be invisible to readers in individual states. The writer is responsible for conceiving, reporting, and writing stories that are compelling, thorough, and analytical. The staff writer also will adapt to the use of digital reporting tools to create content for the website. This position reports to the manager, managing editor.


    • Conceive and write approximately 25 big-picture articles/series and eight shorter pieces on state policy developments and trends in the states each year.
    • Develop expertise and a wide array of contacts on specific subjects.
    • Identify data or content for multimedia and data-driven stories.
    • Collaborate with Pew’s researchers and policy analysts to surface emerging issues and write stories that reach, engage, inform and influence state policy.


    • Bachelor’s degree required.
    • Minimum of four years practical writing experience and demonstrated knowledge of state government.
    • Track record of producing accurate content and analytical articles on tight deadlines. Clear, effective writing style.
    • Excellent interviewing skills, grammar and command of AP style required.
    • Understanding of state and federal government.
    • Ability to use social media to promote individual stories and boost Stateline’s readership.
    • Ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, stay attentive to details, and identify resources for projects.
    • Capacity to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture which emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork. Accustomed to working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.


    It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel regularly within the U.S.


    Compensation and Benefits
    We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.



    The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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