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Reporter, Route Fifty

Route Fifty, an award-winning digital publication of Government Executive Media Group, connects the people and ideas advancing state, county and municipal governments across the United States. Areas of coverage include criminal justice, technology, housing, infrastructure, transit, pensions, public finance and federal policies affecting state and local government. Government Executive Media Group is the premier publisher in the federal government market. In addition to Route Fifty, its publications include Government Executive, Nextgov and Defense One, all of which hold market-leading positions and have rapidly growing audiences. GEMG also produces numerous in-person and virtual events each year and has a rapidly growing research division, the Government Business Council.

Route Fifty seeks a talented, enterprising Washington, D.C.-based reporter to join our team devoted to writing about news and policy issues of interest to state and local government officials.

We’re looking for a sharp, driven reporter who can uncover and track important stories. This beat will include reporting on technology innovation at the state and local levels, and on developments in Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Tracking a variety of policy issues as they relate to state and local government.
  • Writing a mix of news stories and blog posts on a daily basis.
  • Developing key sources and leveraging them to produce original reporting.
  • Collaborating with other members of the Route Fifty editorial staff.
  • Working on long-form articles and special editorial projects.
  • Occasionally moderating panel discussions and one-on-one interviews at Route Fifty events.


Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Experience reporting about government operations.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills and high attention to detail.
  • Ability to quickly digest complicated information and produce stories on deadline; identify important and innovative ideas; and find tech-oriented angles to tell important stories.  


Please include links to three examples of your work in addition to your resume and cover letter.


Atlantic Media Values:

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

  • Force of Ideas: At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, giving voice, argument, and flight to the latter.
  • Spirit of Generosity: Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.


Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

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