VoterPunch needs an expert on U.S. Congress & Public Policy to write Congressional vote descriptions for our searchable database of Congressional votes. Weâ€™re looking for people who are very lucid and succinct expository writers (think magazine writing not theses.) You must have a very comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of the US Congress â€“ e.g. parliamentary maneuverings such as motions to recommit, previous question motions etc. as well as a broad command of the range of policy issues confronting Congress and the politics that surround Congressional votes. WEâ€™RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS THIS INFORMATION DOWN COLD, not a first year Ph.D. student whoâ€™s just learning it. The individuals who have written the descriptions that are currently posted on our sites are journalists who specialize in writing about Congress, PhD candidates in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former Congressional Chief of Staff. You donâ€™t have to be an academic, especially since we aim at a popular audience. Actual Capital Hill experience highly desirable, not absolutely mandatory. BUT YOU MUST BE AN EXPERT ON CONGRESS, NOT JUST SOMEONE WHO HAS AN INTEREST IN PUBLIC POLICY. Pay works out to approximately $40/hour. Weâ€™re expecting a 3 day turnaround. The number of vote descriptions that need to be written up total just about 80% of all the votes cast in each house of Congress. (For a discussion of which votes you would be writing descriptions for and which ones you wouldnâ€™t, see the â€œWhat Is a Progressive Vote?â€ link on the bottom left hand corner of the ProgressivePunch.Org website.)
WE WILL ONLY CONSIDER PEOPLE FOR THIS POSITION WHO:
1. SUBMIT A WRITING SAMPLE WITH AN INITIAL APPLICATION AND COVER LETTER
IN AN EMAIL &
2. (DO THIS WITH THE SUBJECT LINE â€œVote Description Writer â€“ Name).â€
Your samples should describe/review a specific piece of legislation and/or a floor vote in Congress by:
a) explaining the actual public policy implications of the legislation,
b) explaining the politics of the matter (e.g. How Republicans are trying to screw Democrats and vice versa),
c) demystifying/explaining the parliamentary maneuvering e.g. explaining what â€œmove the previous questionâ€ means, and
d) providing the rationales behind both the conservative and the progressive perspective.
To see what the job entails, the best thing to do is to visit www.ProgressivePunch.Org, a licensee of ours, and drill down until you actually see paragraph long individual vote descriptions. To get to this point, start by clicking on a member of Congress, then click on an issue category, then click on an issue subcategory (to be sure that it includes vote descriptions, select one that shows a percentage ranking in the Progressive Score column), and then click on one of the 1-sentence vote description summaries to see the full length narrative vote descriptions.
How To Apply
Send CV, cover letter & (preferably non-academic) expository (i.e. non-polemical) political writing sample.