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Domestic Economics Reporter

Job ID: 62199
Job Views: 615
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Postal Code: 20001
Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 06.28.2021

Job Description

Confidential is a well-funded digital news startup preparing to launch in Washington, D.C. this fall. Our goal is to create a radically different publication, one that uses a distinct set of formats to deliver a 360-degree view of the most important stories of the day.  We are hiring journalists excited to get in on the ground floor and help us shape our identity.

We are hiring journalists with strong reporting and writing skills who would be excited by the challenge of inventing and continually honing new formats. We want to lay out the who, what, when, etc., and explain the multiple frames through which to understand the bigger picture. We want reporters with subject-area expertise who see the forces animating their beats, how their beats intersect with others, and the political, economic, social, global, and scientific contexts in which the big stories on their beats play out.  We will consider applicants with other professional backgrounds who can show us they have the area-specific expertise and writing skills to do the work.  

We are looking for a Domestic Economics Reporter who takes a creative approach to covering economics. This reporter will have the basics of the beat down, including a deep list of expert sources, a firm grasp of economic indicators and institutions -- like inflation, unemployment rates, interest rates, the role of the Fed, the markets, etc. -- and they will know how to show a broad audience that these seemingly dry subjects are interesting, important, and relevant. They must have a strong interest in covering inequality. 

The economic policy reporter will be a leader in the newsroom, setting a high journalistic bar for all of us, particularly for greener reporters. They will contribute to define who we are by executing their work in our distinct formats. 

We will consider applicants with other professional backgrounds who can show us they have the area-specific expertise and writing skills to do the work.  

Job Requirements


  • Execute top-notch, creative articles on the economy, particularly through the lens of inequality 
  • Stay on top of economic news, academic research, and debates and conversations in the world of economics to shape their work and to collaborate with reporters on other beats
  • Act as a leader in the newsroom, modeling the the kind of reporting and writing we want produce
  • Become a thought leader in the public conversation around economics 


  • Fluent in economic concepts and a demonstrated body of work that proves it 
  • Strong collaboration and creative thinking skills 
  • Deep source network 
  • Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and growth mindset
  • Excellent writing skills; a clear and engaging writer
  • Experience innovating on story formats is a plus


  • Competitive salary 
  • Automatic 5% Employer Contribution to 401(k)  
  • Medical, Vision, and Dental with a fully covered medical plan for families  
  • Vacation package + 10 sick days + company holidays  
  • Monthly cellphone, gym, and commuter stipend  
  • 3 months fully paid family leave  
  • Life and AD&D Insurance  
  • Access to mental health resources 

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