The debate over national immigration policy has remained among the country’s most intractable disputes for more than two decades. Today, it fuels some of the most heated fights on the political agenda. The debate is of critical importance to California, home to the nation’s largest immigrant population but also the birthplace of modern immigration-restriction politics.
The successful candidate for this position will cover that policy debate. An understanding of immigrant communities and their stake in that debate is desirable, but the core of this job is coverage of policy and the institutions that set it – in Congress, the major immigration agencies and the courts. A proven ability to develop and cultivate sources in hard-to-penetrate bureaucracies is key, along with an ability to write fairly and even-handedly about a topic that generates intense disagreements.
Applicants should have a strong ability to write clearly and with authority on complex topics, to develop interesting and insightful story ideas and to handle deadline pressure in a fast-paced multimedia environment. The job requires extensive collaboration with reporters on the Metro and National staffs, so an ability to work on a team is key. Although this is primarily a writing position, we expect our reporters to be comfortable taking photos and basic smart-phone videos. Fluency in Spanish is a plus. Applicants should have at least seven years’ experience. This is a Los Angeles Times Guild position.
Qualified candidates interested in these positions are invited to send a cover letter, resume and links to clips to David Lauter, Washington Bureau Chief.
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