National Security Reporter

Mother Jones is looking for a sharp, experienced reporter to join our award-winning team in the Washington, DC, bureau to pursue national security issues. We’re particularly interested in the intersection of national security and media—the kind of clear-eyed reporting that can look at policy and politics vis-a-vis conflicts from Iran to North Korea to Ukraine, and help readers understand what’s real, what’s b.s., and why it matters.

You: Sleeps with one eye on Twitter and the other on a pile of leaked documents. Uninterested in conventional wisdom—except to skewer it with facts. Marry the ability to capture scene and character with hard-nosed news chops and a strong social-media voice. A fount of story ideas who knows that quick news stories lead to deep-dive investigations and vice versa, and that great journalism is found in both the ridiculous and the sublime.

Us: A growing, reader-supported nonprofit news organization dedicated to in-depth and investigative coverage of big, newsworthy stories. We have editors who can shape your investigative projects into beautiful narratives, and tools to help you whip out elegant charts in minutes. Our deep social reach ensures that your work will be widely seen. Plus, Mother Jones has a healthy, diversified business model that keeps us independent and stable, and a management team that knows that hard work and driving ambition are not incompatible with sanity.

You should be ready to:

  • Apply your hardcore research skills and awesome writing chops to a full range of stories, whether short form or long, quick turnaround or in-depth
  • Collaborate with colleagues on beat coverage and in-depth projects
  • Experiment with multiple ways of telling stories (graphics, iterative, etc.)
  • Develop and nurture a strong, diverse network of sources and a lively social-media presence

Must have:

  • Grace under pressure
  • At least five years of professional reporting experience
  • A sharp sense of the political landscape and news cycle
  • Team spirit

Would be sweet: Multimedia, data, or interactive chops

Mother Jones and its parent organization, the Foundation for National Progress, are committed to building and maintaining a diverse and welcoming workplace. We do not discriminate in our hiring based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, union activity, physical or mental disability, AIDS/HIV status, on-the-job injuries, age, or any status otherwise protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.
To apply, please send us a résumé and a personalized cover letter outlining why this is the place you want to work and what you bring to the table. Email both documents to jobs (at) motherjones (dot) com with “Reporter” as the subject line. No calls.