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Web and News Team

Every day, government spending makes headlines. At OpenSpending, we want to help the public put the numbers in perspective by showing how the news relates to spending data.

The News and Website team run the blog and websites, write up stories about money and finances and track coverage of public finances in the news.

What Do We Do?

As a member of the News and Web team, you can be involved in things like:

  • Track down “spending stories” – help find and report on the connections between stories in the media and the world of public finances - government budgets, spending, contracts etc – such as Detroit’s bankruptcy. Specifically:
  • Collect and share news stories about spending and budgets.
  • Find the spending data behind the news stories and write about it on our blog.
  • Edit the Blog: oversee our blog with latest OpenSpending news including soliciting and editing contributions, writing roundups and news stories and more!
  • Oversee and manage our social media – Facebook, Twitter etc. Explore new social media outlets (e.g. Tumblr).
  • Resources for journalists. Write materials to help journalists and citizens dig into spending, understand tax (evasion), or create the next story about the EU budget

Qualifications

The most important requirement is enthusiasm! Any experience with, for example, writing stories, editing a blog, running social media is great – but not required!

We have a strong community who will support you and help you grow your skills.

We will provide a short induction on how to work with OpenSpending and you will also have your peers in the News and Website team to help you out.

Sign up

You don’t need to formally sign up to start contributing - you can dive in on any of the items listed above. However, filling in the form below you’ll help us connect with you and find you something to do that matches your skills and abilities.