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We’re Looking For Economics Writers

FiveThirtyEight is expanding its economics coverage, and we’re looking for an economics writer and a freelance personal finance columnist to join our team.

The economics writer will be responsible for a mix of short, news-driven items (“How Donald Trump’s New Tax Plan Would Affect Low-Wage Workers”) and longer features about economic issues and trends (“How Robots Are Changing The Service Sector”). We define economics broadly at FiveThirtyEight: In the past, we’ve covered education, energy, demographics and even game theory. Experience covering economics or some related beat is preferred; a proven ability to pick up new subjects quickly is a must.

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This is a job for a reporter; if your first instinct when you come across a new subject is to pick up the phone, this position could be right for you. Advanced data skills are not required, but candidates should have a solid knowledge of Excel or similar programs and be comfortable writing about and evaluating statistical arguments. This is a part-time staff position (up to 29 hours per week) and does not offer benefits.

The personal finance columnist will write a regular feature on topics such as saving, investing, managing debt and paying for college (schedule and frequency to be determined). We’re looking for someone who can think creatively about what a personal finance column can be; we don’t want every column to be a twist on, “Invest in low-fee index funds.” This column will target a broad audience, so an ability to connect with readers who aren’t directly affected by the subject being discussed is essential. This is a freelance, not a staff, position.

Candidates for either position should send a résumé and a cover letter with a full story pitch to economics [at] fivethirtyeight.com. Please put “FiveThirtyEight economics writer job” or “FiveThirtyEight personal finance columnist job” in the subject line. We’ll be in touch within two weeks if we’re interested in speaking with you.

Ben Casselman is a senior editor and the chief economics writer for FiveThirtyEight.

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