Political Reporter

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full-time

Company Description

The Huffington Post is a Pulitzer Prize-winning source of breaking news, features, and entertainment, as well as a highly engaged community for opinion and conversation. The Huffington Post has over 200 million users. The site has over 100,000 bloggers -- from politicians, students and celebrities to academics, parents and policy experts -- who contribute in real-time on the subjects about which they are most passionate. The Huffington Post has editions in the UK, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Maghreb, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Greece, India, Australia, and the Arabic world. The Huffington Post is part of AOL In

Job Description

The Huffington Post UK is looking for a new Political Reporter.

We want an energetic individual to write stories to boost our Westminster coverage, as part of our mission to take political journalism beyond the usual left/right coverage and focus on issues that really matter to our readers.

You'll be able to articulate the bigger picture, yet capable of tackling the detail of both politics and policy - and how they interact. You will have a record of bringing stories to life with flair, intelligence and imagination.

Crucially, you will have extensive reporting experience in breaking stories that really make a difference. A digital background is desirable, but not essential.

You will understand how the social web is redefining news in a digital age, while not losing sight of the enduring value of telling stories with the highest standards of rigour and insight.

You will understand how to make stories go viral, write brilliant headlines and use all types of content to tell the most important stories in the most compelling way.

The Huffington Post has a genuinely global reach far beyond most traditional news organisations, all the time breaking new ground from winning the first online Pulitzer Prizes to leading the way with 'What's Working' solutions-based journalism.

Ever since it launched, HuffPost US has been as a major player in the political scene and politics is part of the lifeblood of HuffPost UK too. Paul Waugh, our Executive Editor for Politics, and his team ensure that we are read from Downing Street to Labour HQ, from Whitehall to the Commons tea room, not least through our daily WaughZone email and blog.

We pride ourselves on playing away from the pack and getting behind the headlines, as well as making them. From the Duchess of Cambridge guest-editing our special issue on children's mental health, to our coverage of what's really going on in Westminster and beyond, HuffPost UK is unafraid of doing things differently.


Ideal candidates should have the following skills and qualifications:

  • NCTJ Qualified with a certified short-hand speed of more than 80 wpm
  • A self-starter, with a genuine hunger for political news and ability to drill down into detail and data.
  • A high level of experience working in news, specialist news and/or political news.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with a record of breaking exclusives.
  • Expert knowledge of effective online content distribution methods, social networking tools and an eye for the visual as well as written narrative.
  • Demonstrated level of online experience, including content management systems and site platforms.
  • Excellent organisational skills and confident on the media
  • Positive, collaborative team player.
  • Thrives under pressure.
  • Someone with a sharp sense of humour who can balance the serious and the frivolous.

Additional Information

Aol is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. Aol employees are rewarded competitively and are entitled to a wide range of benefits that encourage a positive lifestyle. Our recruitment team will always welcome any conversations about flexible working requirements.

We do not accept resumes from placement agencies, headhunters or other suppliers that have not signed a formal agreement with you.