Uncategorized

How Wisconsin Reporter became a game-changer

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

By M.D. Kittle

The left likes to call it “an October surprise,” a nefarious attempt by the “right-wing” news media to sink the Democrat’s candidate for governor in the closing days of Wisconsin’s heated campaign.

SPOILER ALERT: It wasn’t.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Wisconsin Reporter’s investigative report on Mary Burke’s troubled professional resume is that we were the first media outlet to report on what has been described as a “game-changer” story in the 2014 gubernatorial race.

True, we broke the story on Burke, the Madison liberal who spent the past year selling her executive experience at her family-owned company as admittance to the governor’s mansion, on Oct. 28 – exactly one week before the general election. Burke, at the time, was in a dead-heat race with incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Oct. 28 was, by the way, the same day that a good source tipped off Wisconsin Reporter that an insider had information that Burke was fired from Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycle Corp. in the early 1990s by her brother due to “non-performance.”

As I have told people since the story hit our Watchdog.org national website, if the tip had come in six months before, Wisconsin Reporter would have published it six months before.

What was most amazing to me, as I found out while talking to high-placed executives at Trek, is that Mary Burke’s checkered resume was perhaps the worst-kept secret in parts of Wisconsin and there is strong evidence to suggest that reporters at some of the state’s largest dailies had been notified of the discrepancies long before.

At first, it seemed like one of those too-strange-to-be true stories. After spending a couple of hours tracking down phone numbers of former Trek executives and getting nowhere, I started to think maybe there wasn’t anything here. Some wouldn’t talk, others couldn’t remember much from 20 years ago, many couldn’t be reached for comment.

Photo courtesy of Royal Broil

Former Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

And then Trek’s former human resources director called me back.

He said Burke, who had long struggled to explain her two-year work hiatus in the early to mid-1990s after mysteriously leaving the company her father started, was fired by her own family following overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff. The HR director said the sales team threated to quit if Burke was not removed from her position as director of European Operations, and that Burke was made to come back to headquarters and personally apologize to the employees about her poor performance.

The source was good. They don’t get much better than a human resources director with a company for more than a dozen years. But he had some baggage. He was active in local GOP politics and had made some incendiary comments on his Facebook page.

The source was eventually crucified in the press by a mainstream media that was livid about being beaten on this “bombshell” story. Instead of looking into the allegations, they attacked the messenger. For a time, anyway.

We had four other former executives or managers who corroborated the HR director’s accounts, asserting that, under Burke’s leadership, Trek’s operations in key markets such as Germany bled money. These were very good sources, one in particular extremely high placed. The trouble was, none of them wanted to go on the record. They feared retribution from the company, and some had retirements at stake.

The mainstream players suddenly found one top executive, Trek’s former president during the time in question, who went on the record and corroborated Wisconsin Reporter’s story. Every detail. The mainstreamers reported the executive’s account with clinched fists and teeth. Even then, their headlines were, “Ex-Trek execs with conservative ties say Mary Burke was forced out.”

Because, they implied, conservatives cannot be trusted to act without political motivation.

Many of the same news outlets wrote scathing commentaries about that terrible, no-good Wisconsin Reporter, “a pseudo-journalistic publication bankrolled by conservative foundations,” as the Milwaukee Journal editorial board put it. Wisconsin’s largest newspaper said this, “The story was published by the conservative mouthpiece less than a week before the election — a classic political trick, an October surprise of innuendo and half-truths. It was intended by Walker partisans, if not the conservative mouthpiece itself, to confuse voters.”

Apparently confusing the voters is shorthand for telling the truth, giving Wisconsin’s electorate the critical information they needed that the mainstream media either was too lazy or, more egregious, too partisan to report on.

Feeling the heat, Burke and her campaign quickly called the story “ridiculous,” filled with “baseless allegations,” right after the candidate acknowledged for the first time that her position at Trek was “eliminated” after a company “reorganization.” As one political observer colorfully put it, successful companies don’t typically downsize their most successful employees, and Trek certainly has built a reputation as a successful company over the years.

While we were excoriated in the mainstream for our “October Surprise,” Wisconsin Reporter heard from many Wisconsin voters – conservatives, independents, even some liberals – who said they were glad that there are still organizations committed to investigative reporting, doing the important work that mainstream publications have all but abdicated.

Senior Writer

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

About the Franklin Center

Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity strives to promote the education of the public about waste, corruption, incompetence, fraud and taxpayer abuse by public officials at all levels of government. With transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility as its watchwords, the Franklin Center identifies, trains, and supports investigative journalists working to detect and expose corruption and incompetence in government at the state and local levels. For more information on the Franklin Center please visit www.FranklinCenterHQ.org or our news site, Watchdog.org.

Position Description

The Franklin Center is seeking a highly motivated writer to join the Communications Team. Applicants should have experience writing in the op-ed format and feel comfortable writing argumentatively on a variety of policy matters, including energy, education, technology, healthcare, and civil liberties. He or she should have superior organization and focus on detail, the ability to manage multiple projects at once, and the desire to take ownership of projects and see them through to the finish.

The ideal candidate will be able to quickly dissect and understand policy, craft a unique, nuanced perspective consistent with the free-market ideology, and write columns of 500-700 words that are compelling and well-reasoned. Strong editing skills and the ability to perform on deadline are a must. Past political writing experience is required; 2-3 years of writing experience is preferred.

Responsibilities and Tasks Include:

  • Monitor the news and propose op-ed ideas to the Director of Public Affairs
  • Conduct research and write columns on deadline
  • Manage long-term strategic issue advocacy projects
  • Coordinate with senior executives on op-ed projects
  • Assist in writing press releases and other public communications
  • Prepare executives for media appearances by writing issue briefings
  • Edit columns for content, style, and accuracy

To apply, please send a resume to Michael.Moroney@franklincenterhq.org

Covering tech policy: From D.C. to your Wi-Fi router

By
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Josh Peterson cover image

Josh Peterson cut his teeth on technology the good old fashioned way – through hands-on experience building websites and doing social media for small businesses and music groups he played in. When he moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue journalism, he made it clear to many of his first contacts that he wanted to pursue tech and national security issues, and he subsequently began building policy expertise and a contact list of sources.

That path took him through writing tenures at Broadband Breakfast, the Heritage Foundation, the Daily Caller, and – as of the beginning of this year – Watchdog.org, where he is part of Watchdog.org’s early forays into specialized beat reporting.

The technology beat he covers while based in Washington, D.C. hardly seems the natural domain of someone who majored in religion and philosophy in college and plays local music gigs on the side, but Peterson says this background helps him see the forces of human nature at play amid all the technical jargon.

“Studying religion and philosophy taught me to critically examine the ideologies that motivate people, organizations, and businesses,” he said. “When I report on tech issues, I look for the political drama of ideological and business conflicts.”

Indeed, if there’s one thing Peterson consistently stresses in his reporting, it’s depth. One of his favorite things about reporting for Watchdog.org is that its focus on state and local governments gives him the ability to explore the deeper implications of federal level regulatory and legislative battles. This allows his reporting to go beyond the surface level he-said/she-said coverage that so many journalists are forced to resort to these days.

“Tech policy is highly political and ideological,” he said, “but it is driven by the competitive and innovative needs and goals of the companies involved in the tech and telecom sectors.”

The result is a fascinating mishmash of companies focused on meeting growing business and consumer demands and politicians and bureaucrats working to accomplish their political goals while serving their constituents. Often the two clash bitterly.

“That being said,” Peterson (pictured right) noted, “the parties involved do find ways to work together and find common ground between them.”

Photo courtesy of Josh PetersonIn a busy and complex world, the value of this kind of in-depth reporting that makes the issues digestible to everyday Americans is huge.

“Most consumers don’t care about the nuts and bolts of tech policy, and understandably so, because they’re busy with their own lives,” Peterson said. “What they do want is to get what they paid for regarding their devices and services.”

On one hand, the proliferation of social media and advancements in communications technology enable American consumers to more easily and effectively voice their concerns to their elected officials, but the PR campaigns that various organizations and companies run through the media often harness this same power and use it to distort the conversation with misinformation or a lopsided set of facts. This makes it harder for taxpayers to make sure that they get what they want from the companies they like and their government officials.

Like many issues, technological advances are a mixed bag in terms of how they improve the quality of government. The internet and Big Data, for example, have at times created opportunities for government waste and abuse.

“One of the original complaints of the pre-Snowden NSA whistleblowers was that the agency favored a bloated and expensive system for finding terrorists over a more efficient cost-effective system,” Peterson said. “Another example is the Healthcare.gov debacle – not only did a politically favored company build the system, but bureaucrats complicated the implementation process, enabling security problems to fester.”

On the flipside, however, Peterson noted that websites like data.gov and usaspending.gov give taxpayers more insight into the activities of their government, which in turn create opportunities for greater accountability, reform, and transparency.

When asked what is the most important story he has covered since coming on board at Watchdog.org, Peterson has a quick answer: the threat of EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attacks.

“Reporting on electric grid vulnerabilities and EMP attacks is critically important, because electricity is the backbone of the modern world and a severe attack would have catastrophic implications for our society,” he said, referring to a danger that sounds almost apocalyptic in scope but is in fact all too real.

From a tech industry standpoint, however, Peterson said the big story that has dominated the conversation this year is the continuing debate around net neutrality.

“The outcome of the net neutrality debate will have huge implications for the future of the tech industry from both a development and governance standpoint,” he said.

Interestingly, Peterson has found that the imminence of the Federal Communications Commission adopting net neutrality rules is simultaneously one of the most over-hyped and under-reported tech issues today. At stake are concerns that broadband providers will abuse their power to provide quality high-speed internet, as well as the opposite fear that the FCC will impose excessive regulations that rein in companies to such an extent that they stifle innovation and growth.

“Major coverage of the issue has generally been very one-sided,” Peterson said, “giving Americans only a part of the story of what amounts to a very nuanced conflict between incredibly innovative companies.”

Although the terms and details of the debate can be difficult to decipher at first, it is important for Americans to stay informed about tech issues and the government’s response to them simply because technology pervades nearly every bit of modern life. As such, governments in America and around the world are expressing increasing interest in technology’s implications for their citizens.

“The Founders believed that a well-informed citizenry was important to the success of the American experiment of self-government under the rule of law,” Peterson said, “and making the time to understand tech issues is important for the future of self-governance.”

Recognizing the future of journalism

By
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The Franklin Center is committed not just to providing the hard-hitting investigative journalism of today, but investing in the watchdogs of tomorrow. This year we’ve taken a huge step toward fulfilling that mission by hosting our inaugural Journalism Internship Program, a full-time, paid internship program for college students and young professionals pursuing a career in investigative journalism. 

The program is designed to help raise up a generation of journalists who are committed to holding government accountable on every side, at every level. Though unassuming on the surface, program interns have had opportunities to make a difference in the communities where they’ve worked. It’s clear that they have taken the spirit of investigative journalism to heart – they aren’t just reporting the news, they’re making it.

Meet the Franklin Center’s Inaugural Class of Journalism Interns

Written by Elizabeth Green, Development Intern


Elena Novak

elena novak“I’m a firm believer in journalistic integrity and freedom of the press; as journalists, we have a responsibility to report the facts as we see them, even if they are difficult to digest.  I learned the importance of this while writing for Florida State’s newspaper: the FSView. Through my year with them I developed a love for journalism; I love the research and discovery, I love going out and asking hard questions and developing relationships, I love the energy that goes into writing and synthesis. I agree with the Franklin Center’s mission to foster conversation surrounding transparency and accountability.”

Elena graduated from Florida State University in May with a degree in creative writing and is excited to begin her career in journalism at the Raleigh News & Observer in North Carolina. Investigative journalism appealed to her after interning with the Village Square, a nonprofit that encourages civil discourse. She loves how journalism requires the reporter to mentally inhabit both sides of an issue, understanding the opposition and wrestling with the contradictions. Elena appreciates the Franklin Center’s pursuit of journalistic integrity. This summer, she’s enjoyed getting involved in the Raleigh community and learning how the city ticks in order to better report about local issues. In her time off, Elena enjoys taking part in Raleigh’s summer concert scene.

Celina Durgin

celina durgin“I am participating in the Franklin Center internship program in order to hone my journalism skills on-the-job and through relevant studies. The opportunity for a paid internship with a program whose values I share was too good to ignore. The Franklin Center’s goal of government accountability is one of my own goals for the work I do throughout my life.”

Celina studies politics, philosophy, and economics at King’s College in New York City. She’s been interested in reporting since attending journalism camp at the age of fourteen and is excited to develop the new skills involved with writing for National Review this summer. She enjoys the hard fact-finding involved in writing thorough, careful stories. Celina hopes to bring an analytical perspective and an ability to piece together facts to get to the heart of tricky issues. She loves that journalism puts the reporter directly in contact with real issues to affect positive change. On her free days in New York City this summer, she can be found in Central Park reading one of her favorite authors: George Orwell, Aristotle, or C.S. Lewis.

Erin Mundahl

erin mudahl“Since high school, and even before, I have been what is generally considered a “news junkie.” Because of my interest I have spent untold hours reading news and commentary, attempting to understand the greater context of events. It is this sense of context which allows for a deeper understanding of each event taken in isolation.

As a participant in the Franklin Center Journalism Internship Program, I hope to gain writing experience and to pursue avenues wherein I can publish some commentary of my own. I seek a means to integrate reporting and analysis in a fashion which is at once engaging, reasonable and approachable.”

Erin graduated from Hillsdale College with a degree in both English and French. This summer Erin is working at Red Alert Politics, assisting in their mission to translate news content into pithy and amusing pieces, understandable and approachable to citizens. Although she did not plan in college on going into a career in journalism, she’s excited to learn more about the craft. As a lifelong news junkie, she looks forward to being on the other end of the news, learning how to convey politics to diverse audiences. Erin loves reading everything and enjoys producing approachable content on blogs or YouTube. This summer, she’s enjoyed taking part in the cultural experiences that Washington, D.C. has to offer.

Clare Myers

clare myers“I’m participating in the Franklin Center Journalism Internship Program because I want to sharpen my skills as an investigative reporter. I believe journalists play a vital role in society by keeping the public informed, and in this sense, much of what goes on in our nation depends on our journalists. As a journalist, it’s my responsibility to others to be the best I can be.”

Clare has traveled from the University of Dallas, where she is studying history, journalism, and Spanish, to her summer internship at the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is excited to be pursuing fair and impartial journalism with the Franklin Center. Clare enjoyed growing her skills as a writer and learning how to report events in a community rather than on a college campus. She loves that journalism gives the reporter a personal connection to the people she meets, and she could not wait to get to know the people of Raleigh and tell their stories. Because stories bring people together, Clare believes the media is responsible to tell those stories accurately. During her summer in Raleigh, she’s most enjoyed attending her first pig roast.

Josh Evans

josh evans“I’m participating in the Franklin Center’s journalism program in order to further refine my skills as a journalist in a real-world environment. I hope to improve my journalistic abilities, as well as develop new connections and friendships within the industry.”

Josh studies political science at Grove City College, and he grew to love reporting in high school after taking a journalism elective on a whim. He wrote for his student paper in college, and this summer he works for the Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. Josh’s biggest journalism interest is in tech reporting, and he hopes to bring his ability to learn quickly to the ever-changing world of technology. Through his internship, he hopes to develop the ability to work in a less-supervised environment, growing in his ability to pitch stories, especially in a big city and not a small college campus. After a long career of journalism, Josh hopes to become an advisor to a high school newspaper and teach students about investigative journalism. This summer, he’s enjoyed walking on the National Mall and spending time in his favorite bookshop in DuPont Circle.

Shalva Ginsparg

shalva gigsparg“I admire the ideals which Franklin Center embodies of creating a more vibrant democratic society based on accountability and transparency. As a writer who aims to use the written word to effect positive change, I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Franklin Center Journalism Internship program this summer.”

Shalva is working with Red Alert Politics in Washington, D.C. this summer. She does a lot of reading and writing in order to produce pitched and assigned website content for Red Alert. She will be a senior at Stern College for Women in Manhattan, where she studies English Literature and Judaic Studies. Shalva serves as editor for her school newspaper, and she can’t remember a time in the past year when she hasn’t been working on a story. She hopes to hone her journalism skills and believes that Franklin’s mission to empower citizens and make government transparent should be the mission of every journalist. She’s very interested in the issues she’s reporting on and feels that she can bring a well-informed perspective to journalism. She already sees improvement in her adoption of social media tools into her journalism style. During her summer in D.C., she’s enjoyed exploring the Smithsonian museums and re-reading her favorite author Edith Wharton.

Kaitlan Collins

kaitlan collins“I am participating in the Franklin Center’s internship program because I believe in the legacy the Franklin Center seeks to continue to leave behind—that of empowering voters with clear, objective information. I am grateful to be a vessel in the process that legacy entails.”

Kaitlan, a recent graduate of the University of Alabama, interns at the Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. She started out studying chemistry and transitioned to journalism and political science due to her love of reading and writing. She loves that the journalism internship application for Franklin required discussions on free markets, inspirational books, and other stimulating topics. Kaitlan loves to take potentially dull topics and turn them into appealing stories. She looks forward to producing stories in the real world, as opposed to a college campus, and is excited about improving the quality of her work. Kaitlan hopes to remain in D.C. and do journalism after her internship ends.

Katherine Tobar

katherine tobar“I decided to participate in the Franklin Center Summer Journalism Internship Program because I want to gain experience and knowledge in the field and be prepared to pursue a professional career as a journalist.”

Katherine joins our team of interns from Quito, Ecuador, where she is earning a joint degree in Media & Writing Communication and Multimedia Journalism from Juniata College and Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Through the Franklin Center Internship, she works at Illinois Policy Institute in their journalism division. She loves political journalism and has greatly enjoyed learning more about American politics. Kate appreciates the objectivity emphasized by the Franklin Center journalism model and has enjoyed the online course component of the internship program. She hopes to travel for a while but eventually return to Ecuador, bringing her skills of investigation and persistence to political journalism there. While interning this summer, she has also enjoyed living in Chicago and getting to ride a ferry boat on Lake Michigan.

Franklin Center Statement on Steven Sotloff

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

September 2, 2014
Contact: Michael Moroney 571-385-0774
Michael.moroney@franklincenterhq.org

Photo Credit: Daily Caller

Photo Credit: Daily Caller

Alexandria, VA — Today, Jason Stverak, president of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity released the following statement on Steven Sotloff:

“Today, we’re reminded anew that those who work tirelessly to bring us the news from devastated war-zones are true heroes. A year after Steven Sotloff was kidnapped by the militant group Islamic State while reporting in Syria, he was executed for his commitment to the truth in a land that so desperately needs it.

“It takes unspeakable courage to come face to face with evil with little more than a notepad in hand, undeterred and resolved to tell the story any cost. Steven put his life on the line so that the world could see the horrors of oppression and the suffering of the voiceless, and we honor his sacrifice.”

The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity is a leader in non-profit journalism. It was founded in 2009 to address falling standards in the media as well as a steep falloff in reporting on state government and provides professional training and assistance with a mission of exposing waste, fraud, and abuse in government.

###

Why Good Talent Is Hard to Find

By
Monday, August 25th, 2014

reporter reading book library

With all the bad press surrounding print news nowadays — declining readership and ad revenues, cutbacks in staff — you would think that journalists-for-hire were as common as words on a page.

Certainly, plenty of talented reporters and editors are out looking for work. Tens of thousands of people at legacy newspapers and magazines, 51,200 to be exact, lost their jobs in the lean years from 2007 to 2012, according to a recent report by the Pew Center. Many are scouting for work in the new online press that is coming to dominate news readership today. And some have succeeded, in grand style. Dozens of the biggest names in print journalism made the leap to online publications and start-ups in 2013, as we detailed in a recent blog Watchdogs Step Up as Traditional Journalists Step Down in Capitols.

But what those top journalists largely had in common, besides working for standard-bearers like The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, were specialized skills on beats ranging from finance and politics to technology and social media. One well-known example even outside of the journalism world is the longtime financial reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin, who famously authored the book, “Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves.” He was able to write such a thorough recap of the financial crisis because of his deep understanding of the key players, content, and context.

Expertise was the key to success here, and it represents a major difference in how the old print media and the new online media approach the news.

Today’s Journalists Need to Be Specialists in Their Field

Print news aimed for the widest possible coverage (“All the News Fit to Print” was The New York Times’s slogan) to attract and hold the largest number of subscribers. It favored professionals with broad-based, generalized knowledge who could report on any issue or topic. Most training, even in specialty fields, came through hands-on work.

Online media, in contrast, is overwhelming specialized in its coverage, which makes sense both economically and practically. Its niche reporting targets readers already interested and knowledgeable about particular topics and issues, who search among sites for articles and visuals that delve deeper into explaining and exploring them. That’s true regardless of topic: health care, personal finances, real estate, energy, law, politics, religion, sports, music, film, and the fine arts. Name a topic, and chances are, you’ll find a website devoted to its latest happenings.

So to succeed, online media needs reporters with a deep understanding of these issues and topics. It needs journalists whose in-depth mastery of specific beats gives them the ability to interpret reports that are often highly technical and data-driven, and turn them into stories that are full of information and insight, and are enjoyable to read.

In other words, it needs a lot of Andrew Sorkin-style journalists.

reporter hands typing books

Some Examples of Online Niche Media

While a few online media like the Huffington Post are rather broad-based, most aim for coverage of one distinct niche and its offshoots:

The list goes on and on, making for heady competition.

Legacy Journalism Is Adapting, But Slowly

Journalists and journalism schools are starting to catch on. J-school programs, like those at Wake Forest and DePaul, now offer courses on niche reporting and emphasize specialty fields. Columbia University encourages journalism students to earn dual degrees, or double majors.

The University of Toronto goes one step further, and might have the best approach of all. It actively recruits doctors, lawyers, engineers and business people for its journalism program.

For now, though, shortages will be the norm. The online press will continue to snap up journalists with the expertise and depth to challenge knowledgeable readers — but it won’t be easy. There may be a lot of good old-style journalists looking for work, but there’s too few with the skills that fit the demands of today’s online and specialty journalism.

This is why Franklin Center continues to seek top talent with experience and interests in niche areas such as education, pensions, and more. Do you believe in this method of reporting? Click here to donate or here to apply today.

North Dakota State Employee Accused of Misusing Public Funds

By
Friday, August 15th, 2014

Ben Yount Speaking on the Illinois Governor’s Race

By
Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Director of Marketing and Outreach

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The Franklin Center is a fast-paced, fluid organization that employs a staff of investigative and political reporters across the country, trains and empowers citizen journalists, and supports a network of bloggers. We seek a highly motivated individual to join our Outreach/Marketing Team.

The Director of Marketing and Outreach will oversee Franklin’s external marketing and outreach, but the role itself will be very internally focused. The Director will concentrate on managing people and projects, as well as maximizing the effectiveness of Franklin’s marketing and outreach efforts. While a background in marketing or outreach is preferred, our highest priority is finding someone who is a strong manager/mentor who will embrace Franklin’s unique culture and help us achieve desired outcomes.

The Director of Marketing and Outreach will be based in Franklin’s Alexandria, Virginia office, and report to the Senior Vice President. APPLY HERE

Responsibilities and Tasks Include:

  • Developing and implementing a marketing and outreach strategy
  • Serving as day to day manager of personnel and projects focused on marketing Franklin’s content and work to the broader world
  • Oversight of departmental budget
  • Development of print, digital and other collateral promotional products
  • Managing special projects, including seminars and events
  • Ensuring the integration of marketing functions/outreach functions with other groups and departments within the organization to enhance our external communication abilities
  • Oversight of Social Media

Requirements:

  • 5-7+ years of experience in communications, marketing, outreach, or fundraising preferred
  • Strong people management skills; passion for cultivating, empowering, and professionally developing lower level staff
  • Successful track record of problem solving; confronting issues head-on and addressing them
  • Self-motivated; outcome-oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, turn ideas into action, and drive projects to completion
  • Big picture mentality; ability to see how all the moving parts of an operation fit together
  • Superior organization and focus on detail
  • Solid administrative skill set
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills
  • Budgeting experience
  • Knowledge of business to business marketing, email marketing, and social media
  • Understanding of the importance of marketing and outreach to the success of an organization such as ours
  • Knowledge of the free-market nonprofit movement a plus

To apply, click here. (note: applicants will only be considered through Talent Market)

Josh Kaib, Assistant Editor of Watchdog Wire

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Josh KaibHailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Josh Kaib joined the Citizen Watchdog team in September 2012. He developed an interest in politics and government at an early age, leading him to the swamp of Washington, DC where he currently studies communications and marketing. Prior to interning for Watchdog Wire, Josh interned for a congressional campaign and worked for a political consultant.