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Boston Globe Media Partners Political Reporter in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

The Boston Globe is hiring a State House/political reporter to cover state government and campaigns and elections across the state ? someone who is as comfortable parsing a bill on police reform as they are grilling state and federal officials in a scrum about the latest political imbroglio.

The candidate must possess the ability to write accurately on deadline, translating the old-fashioned language of lawmaking, the speechifying of politicos, and the spin of operatives into clear copy that cuts through the noise, and tells the story with enthusiasm.

The reporter should be indefatigable in creating a roster of sources and calling them, crafting a constant stream of story ideas.

The reporter must be someone who can consistently produce journalism that holds the state's elected officials to account.

The reporter must be able to give voice to the state's most vulnerable people ? foster children, homeless families, victims of abuse ? and show how state policies affect them.

Experience reporting from a State House, with its ebb and flow of lobbyists and lawmakers and bills, is a plus. So, too, is a deep familiarity with the turmoil, high drama, and high stakes of local, state, and/or federal campaigns and elections. The capacity to turn a well-hewn daily filled with campaign trail color is as important as the ability to spend weeks carefully vetting allegations of wrongdoing.

The reporter should have a thick skin and an endless repository of good humor for this high-profile, high-stakes, and highly engaging position.

This position will be based out of the Boston Globe's bureau in the Massachusetts State House.


  • Watchdog coverage of the the Massachusetts State House, including the governor and the Legislature

  • Reporting about Massachusetts state agencies, with an eye toward revealing wrongdoing

  • Writing about campaigns and elections in Massachusetts, including for municipal, state, and federal office


  • An excellent journalist who can write accurately and clearly about complex subject matters on tight deadlines

  • A vibrant writer who can craft copy with sweep and verve

  • A great conversationalist, who can communicate with ease to new and old sources alike

  • A fearless reporter who is comfortable taking on powerful institutions and people

  • A person who can collaborate extremely well with colleagues

  • At least 4 years journalism experience

  • At least 2 years working in political journalism

  • Proven ability to work well on a team

  • Must be willing to relocate to Boston

EEO Statement:

Boston Globe Media is an equal employment opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, national origin, citizenship or any other protected characteristic. Boston Globe Media is committed to diversity in its most inclusive sense.