Investigative Editor - Mw/indy

4 days agoIndianapolis, IN

Indiana, USA • Indianapolis, IN, USA Req #20856

Friday, January 14, 2022

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IndyStar, part of the USA TODAY Network, is seeking an innovative Investigations Editor to lead our prestigious Pulitzer Prize winning I-Team and the rest of our newsroom to produce smart, moving, world-changing journalism.

This job obviously requires the basics. You'll need deep knowledge and high standards when it comes to producing in-depth journalism, including expertise in data journalism and working with public records. You'll also need a flair for storytelling and a passion for righting wrongs and telling untold stories.

You know how to shepherd a project from tip to publication, even if that takes years, but you also know the power of a quick-turn investigation that can be completed in days or weeks in the aftermath of a major news event. You're skilled at keeping track of all the moving parts of an investigation and can project manage to keep everyone on track.

Goes without saying you'll need immaculate ethics, news judgment and understanding of media law. Also, we expect this newsroom leader to possess the same traits they would want in the people they manage: a team player who has a desire to share knowledge and learn from others and a journalist who possesses intellectual curiosity, a sense of justice/purpose, kindness, passion and compassion.

We need an editor who has a passion for bringing out the best in reporters, whether those are seasoned members of the I-Team or cub reporters working on their first deeper dives. We need someone who can both cheerlead and demand excellence from reporters of all skill levels and familiarity with investigative reporting techniques. We want to foster a newsroom where investigation isn't combined to one team - it's a skill practiced on every team, from sports to entertainment.

Finally, you need a keen interest in telling stories in creative and original ways that demand your audience pay attention and care. You understand that journalism isn't about "build it and they will come," and you actively work with the visuals and digital teams to consider how best to get regular, everyday readers fired up about the stories you uncover. You help readers find multiple pathways into a story and adapt for different kinds of people who may care about your stories in different ways and for different reasons. You know that analytics matter not because they're counting "clicks," but because they're counting people who heard your story and can go out and make a difference.


  • Lead our esteemed Investigations Team to produce ambitious yet accessible journalism that changes the world.
  • Collaborate with every team in the newsroom as well as our Digital Optimization Team to present our best content in the best possible way, including sweating details like format, headlines and timing.
  • Assist and train reporters and editors not on the Investigations Team in the techniques they need to produce their own high-quality, in-depth journalism. Act as an advocate for ambitious journalism from every corner of the room.
  • Lead reporters through every phase of the investigation process on complex, often sensitive topics, from the initial idea through to the last fact check, with a strong emphasis on storytelling.
  • Project manage within the I-Team and with other teams to project manage pieces from start to finish, keeping everyone on track, in the loop and working to present our best journalism. Encourage the team to produce short, medium and long-term work.
  • Push for experimental and new storytelling techniques, formats and presentations that meet our audience's needs.
  • Work with our analytics team to understand what our readers value and how we can deliver journalism worth paying for while adhering to our mission to improve the lives of everyone in Central Indiana.
  • Oversee our Environmental Team, including one investigative reporter and one beat reporter.
  • Other editing duties as needed, including assisting in our weekend rotation.
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in journalism or a related field
  • At least 5 years of experience as an editor in a deadline-oriented environment; investigations experience preferred
  • Experience with filing public records requests and working with data.
  • Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.
  • Strong news judgment and editing skills.
  • Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
  • A passion for empathetic, compassionate storytelling.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Able to build a coverage strategy using analytics and innovation.
  • Experience with advanced storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.
  • Understanding use of metrics, social-media and SEO knowledge.
  • Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Advanced experience in journalism, line editing and ideation, strong competence in writing and reporting.
  • Advanced ability to follow and shape stories at all stages of development.
  • Keen news judgment.
  • Strong people management skills.

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Job ID: utn-20856