Task & Purpose is hiring a full-time staff writer to report on the U.S. Army and beyond.
We’re looking for someone knowledgeable and passionate about covering the military who has a knack for writing compelling stories that go far beyond the latest Army press release.
This staff writer will own the Army beat at Task & Purpose, which means they will write about everything from the latest uniform change to heroic combat actions to where the Army expects to fight a decade from now, among other topics.
This writer will be expected to file on tight deadlines, while also sometimes offering up news analysis and features.
The ideal staff writer will:
Have a proven ability to write about the Army, soldiers, and their families in a way that readers will enjoy and want to share
Know what makes the Army tick and what readers of the vertical need to know about
Possess excellent news judgment
Be able to write accurately and quickly. We’re not a print publication and don’t act like one.
Be familiar with social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter
Have at least some light HTML and Photoshop skills
Be creative, inquisitive, and always skeptical of what General So-and-so said at his or her last press conference.
Past military service is not a requirement for this role, although military veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
This opening is immediate and is based in our New York City office. We’re also open to remote workers in some circumstances. Task & Purpose offers competitive compensation and benefits commensurate with experience.
NEWPORT — The explosion and sinking of the ship in 1943 claimed at least 1,138 lives, and while the sea swallowed the bones there were people, too, who also worked to shroud the bodies.
The sinking of the H.M.T. Rohna was the greatest loss of life at sea by enemy action in the history of U.S. war, but the British Admiralty demanded silence from the survivors and the tragedy was immediately classified by the U.S. War Department.
Michael Walsh of Newport is working to bring the story of the Rohna to the surface with a documentary film, which includes interviews with some of the survivors of the attack. Walsh has interviewed about 45 men who were aboard the ship when it was hit.
Editor's note: this story originally appeared in 2018
How you die matters. Ten years ago, on Memorial Day, I was in Fallujah, serving a year-long tour on the staff and conducting vehicle patrols between Abu Ghraib and Ramadi. That day I attended a memorial service in the field. It was just one of many held that year in Iraq, and one of the countless I witnessed over my 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Like many military veterans, Memorial Day is not abstract to me. It is personal; a moment when we remember our friends. A day, as Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “sacred to memories of love and grief and heroic youth."