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Writers/editors, Obama campaign, Chicago

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Bob Cook, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    I mentioned this in another thread, and I know it's not sports. But I did get an email that the Obama campaign is hiring writers and editors for its digital team at campaign HQ in Chicago.


    They need designers, too.

    They're upfront that the pay sucks and the hours are long. If you've worked in journalism, you would call this "normal."

    It's an 18-month job. Whether or not you have political ambitions, this could be a hell of a job, and a hell of a way to make contacts, especially if you have the luxury of not having a family that needs to see you.

    If Obama isn't your cup of tea, or you can't move to Chicago, it might be worth checking other candidates' sites to see if they're looking for writing help.
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    18 months is known as "Great job security" in journalism. :D
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I'd be curious just how bad the pay is.

  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Probably better job security than working at Patch.com.
  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    This is something that I really wish I had done when I was younger.

    I actually volunteered for Clinton's campaign during the primaries in 1992. I was 18 and basically stuffed envelopes and ordered food for people, but it was a pretty cool thing to be around.
  6. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I could and have volunteered on more than one political campaign. But I could never, ever, work as a writer for a campaign, even, maybe especially for a candidate I supported. My words are my own, and in that job, your words of necessity are the candidates.
    I'm not knocking the job or the people who do it. But it's not for me.
  7. I worked on Wesley Clark's brief run in 2004 and enjoyed the experience. At the least, the opportunity for top-tier contacts makes this enticing, well, that and the potential of a heck of a book.
  8. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    Did Ryan Reynolds play you in "Definitely, Maybe"

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  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    No, but he's playing me in Two Guys, A Girl and No Journalism Career. :D
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  10. CaymanGuy

    CaymanGuy Member

    Just out of curiosity, if one takes a job like this then wishes to return to journalism and reporting would the experience be a disqualifier?
  11. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Dang I want to do this.
  12. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    There's no wider revolving door than the one between politics and journalism, at least at higher levels.
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