Politico is growing. The New York Times reports that the paper is increasing its Politico Pro subscription service, and since it is doing that, it’s looking to hire about 40 new staffers, 20 on the editorial side and 20 on the business side. Jim VandeHei, executive editor of the paper, told the Times that reporters and editors are being sought because Politico wants to expand its economy and military coverage.
A five-person subscription to Poltiico Pro runs a hefty $8,500, so if more people are willing to pay for the service then things must be going well at the company. But here’s something odd: VandeHei said that hiring has been difficult because there are so many other publications around DC stealing away talent.
“The thing about the Washington journalism market that’s different from the rest of the country is that it’s a pretty robust market,” said VandeHei. “We’ve been hiring in the last three or four years. It’s not like tons of people are running around Washington looking for work.”
If you’re an unemployed writer living in the DC metro area, consider that your cue to apply.