Media critics seem to be in high demand these days. On Monday, Jeff Bercovici joined Forbes while John Koblin left his home at New York Observer to start writing for Women’s Wear Daily. And now, the Columbia Journalism Review wants to find a new media critic for fiscal and economic policy coverage.
It’s a fellowship, not a full-time job, but for those opinionated souls out there with experience in journalism, it seems like an ideal secondary income source. Here’s a rundown of what CJR wants.
Funded by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the Peterson Fellowship was created to encourage the business and Washington media to take the long view. Among other things, we’ll encourage the press to explore the national debate over the federal budget, the national debt, entitlement programs, and taxes; the impact of Washington economic policy on Wall Street and financial markets; the still-unknown public exposure to various financial stabilization measures and its impact on future economic policy choices; the fallout and long-term consequences of financial-sector reforms; the social consequences of the crisis, including wealth transfers resulting from foreclosures and other forms of economic dislocation; and the impact of the crisis on social mobility, income distribution, poverty, and personal savings and home-ownership rates.
The job will pay $3,333.33 a month (that’s a weird number to land on), but does not include benefits. “Fluency with economic and policy questions a plus, as is familiarity with Washington media eco-system.” So for those Peter Orzag lovers or Lawrence Summers aficionados, this one is for you.