WIRED Has New Opening For Senior Writer, Politics and Policy
The intersection of technology, politics, and regulation plays a vital role in the future of democracy, and determines whether rapid technological change will do more harm or more good to society. WIRED seeks a writer to cover that confluence of issues, with a focus on the people driving change and those most affected by it.
This journalist will lead coverage of the growing antitrust scrutiny of Big Tech, the broader evolution of tech regulation, and how platforms and political forces interact. As the 2022 midterms approach in the US, you’ll examine everything from the influence of crypto-funded PACs to innovations in get-out-the-vote technology. You should have strong feelings about such issues as Section 230 or which cryptocurrencies should count as securities, a keen interest in the status of various FTC investigations, and an understanding of how data privacy laws have evolved in both the US and EU. We’re not interested in the horse-race aspects of politics; we care about how legislative and regulatory decisions at local, national, and international levels come about, and how they affect people’s lives in ways both overt and insidious. You’ll have lots of room to roam, and will work closely with editors to identify the sharpest angles on the most pressing stories in DC, Brussels, and beyond.
You should have some experience of covering technology and policy, a keen news sense, a demonstrated ability to find compelling angles and original story ideas, and a knack for making complex issues clear and compelling in jargon-free prose. You should also be excited by the prospect of storytelling across a wide range of formats, from breaking news and sharp, timely analysis to deeply reported narrative features. (If you’ve never written one of those, don’t worry: WIRED has some of the finest longform editors in the business, and we love helping people who’ve got reporting chops and raw writing talent grow into gifted storytellers.) You may also have the opportunity to take part in podcasts, video series, or live events.
You’ll be part of a growing and increasingly global newsroom of smart, kind, nerdy, and well-informed colleagues who are always brimming with ideas and eager to help each other out.
Pandemic permitting, you can work out of WIRED’s offices in San Francisco or New York, but if you live in the United States outside those cities you can be based remotely.
- Pitch, report, and write stories on the biggest stories at the intersection of politics and technology, balancing news and analysis with original investigative reporting, features, or essays
- Collaborate with members of the business and security desks in shaping the WIRED coverage agenda for politics-related issues
- Collaborate with audio, video, events, and social media teams as needed to develop ways of telling stories on other platforms
Skills and qualifications:
- Experience as a technology or business journalist with a track record of original reporting on politics and technology
- A clear, engaging, jargon-free writing style
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