POLITICO

POLITICO is an American journalism company based in Virginia focused on US and International Politics.

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2.4/5

Employee Satisfaction

3.5/5

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POLITICO’s Human Resources department is tasked with providing its employees with training resources. However, employees are generally unsatisfied with the HR’s actions and opportunities.

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POLITICO provides perks and benefits that are in the top 10% of similarly sized companies. Benefits include but are not limited to Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401K, and Vacation and Paid Time Off. Employees are generally very satisfied with the benefits.

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While the POLITICO newsroom is generally reviewed highly for its journalism and sense of mission, management is generally quite poor, workload is unmanageable, and there’s a lack of diversity in the newsroom.

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POLITICO pays salaries that rank within the top 5% of similarly sized companies, with the average salary being $102,000. Reporters generally earn around $75,000 a year.

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In October 2020, POLITICO told employees they’d be shifting to working at home indefinitely, at least through the summer of 2021, rather than returning to the office at some set date. The company also established a $500,000 emergency relief fund for employees.

Independence

2.5/6

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POLITICO does not have a public written policy on avoiding conflicts of interest. However, they also do not have any clear, major cases of conflicts of interest.

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POLITICO does not have a public written policy on refusing gifts, favors, and special treatment.

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POLITICO does not have a public written policy on avoiding checkbook journalism.

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POLITICO advertising and sponsored content is almost always marked and distinguishable from news content.

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Many photos are from Getty Images or the Associated Press, though they are clearly sourced and unmodified.

Objectivity & Fact Checking

2.0/10

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The only distinction between Opinion and News sections on their website is a small word in the title. In addition, POLITICO does not have a clear policy on distinguishing News and Opinion.

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POLITICO does not have a clear policy on verifying information and sources.

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POLITICO does not have a corrections policy, and there is no page with all their corrections.

2.0/2

Articles use neutral language and do not bait strong emotions unnecessarily.

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POLITICO is known for having opinion writers that skew liberal, and they do not have a clear policy on interviewing people with diverse opinions on their articles.

Quality of Sources

5.0/8

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POLITICO is known for abusing anonymous sources, and they use these sources for typically unused reasons like ad hominem attacks.

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POLITICO links relevant studies as evidence on their news articles.

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POLITICO interviews officials and experts on their articles to provide better insight on the story.

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POLITICO shows photos on their breaking stories at the top of the article. However, there aren’t many photos, usually just one or two.

User Experience

3.5/6

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POLITICO makes the digital version of their news freely accessible on their website, which is very affordable when comparing it to the average news subscription that costs $120 per year ($10 per month). POLITICO does, however, have a yearly subscription for a print version, which costs $200 per year.

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Though POLITICO follows a very average layout for newspapers, they have been known to alter the paper’s layout to highlight important details, illustrations, or issues, and clearly define for the reader what is important. In doing so, they are able to create a very reader-friendly layout.

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Rather than target a general audience, POLITICO instead targets a niche audience that is specifically interested in politics. As a result, they cater both their articles and ads to these audiences, making it such that their articles aren’t necessarily easy to understand for the average reader.

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POLITICO’s graphics, visuals, and videos all give a unique snapshot into what the article is discussing. They provide extra details that add to what the reader can grasp from the articles and make the articles much more entertaining.

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On their website, POLITICO formats their ads, such that they often take up a substantial portion of the page. Additionally, they are not placed in locations that are convenient to the user’s experience, as the ads often stay with them as they scroll down the page. In doing so, POLITICO’s ads become very intrusive to the average user’s experience and do not allow them to fully focus on the articles at hand.

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POLITICO’s website is designed such that each section is easily accessible for the average user. However, only a select few articles provide summaries, which does not let the reader fully grasp what the article discusses. Additionally, there are a plethora of ads on the website, which distract the average user.