Indiana, USA • Indianapolis, IN, USA Req #17114
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
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Interested in doing the type of high-impact investigative journalism that changes lives?
The Indianapolis Star/IndyStar.com , a winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK , has an immediate opening for a reporter on its investigations team.
This person will join an especially talented team of reporters who consistently produce investigations recognized on the national level. This past year, in addition to the Pulitzer Prize -- a collaboration on law enforcement's use of police dogs -- IndyStar also received an IRE Medal for its investigation into a scheme that diverted money to county hospitals that was intended for nursing homes. Those two investigations - Mauled and Careless - also were two of the six finalists for the national Goldsmith Prize.
IndyStar also has received national acclaim for its investigation that revealed systemic problems in USA Gymnastics that enabled large-scale sexual abuse by various coaches and, most notably, Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar.
The successful candidate will join a team that already is in the midst of three additional high-impact investigative projects for this year.
Data skills are highly beneficial for this position, but no particular topical/beat expertise is preferred. This team tackles projects across the spectrum. It also handles investigations at all levels - quick-turn, mid-range and long-term. And we are mindful of the essential need to reach a wide audience and will embrace various content approaches to achieve that goal.
To be considered for this position, you must have demonstrated the ability to drive accountability/watchdog journalism that is sophisticated and revelatory either as part of an investigative team or as beat reporter.
But that's not enough. IndyStar prides itself on a newsroom culture that is collegial and collaborative. We require not only talented reporters and writers but good teammates who support each other and work well across the newsroom with all our teams. This is especially so on the investigations team, which often works as a unit, or with other beat reporters.
We look for journalists who possess specific traits: intellectual curiosity, a sense of justice/purpose, kindness, passion and compassion.
This position reports to Alvie Lindsay, director of news and investigations.
- Create compelling and impactful content that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics.
- Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
- Use databases, documents and public records to find and support investigative stories.
- Connect with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.)
- Produce a mix of quick-turn, mid-range and longer-term enterprise and in-depth articles.
- Incorporate contemporary digital journalism tools in day-to-day reporting, including basic digital photo and video, social media and other web-based journalism tools.
- Learn and integrate new skills as they become relevant to our mission, in a cross-functional and highly collaborative newsroom.
- Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
- Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
- Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism, business, marketing or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- At least two years in journalism with experience covering business.
- Proficiency navigating business filings, court documents and public records.
- Reliably clear and compelling copy, whether with quick breaking news or in-depth investigations.
- A thirst for stories behind the veneer.
- Competence with digital journalism tools, such as social media, internet-based research and digital publishing platforms.
- Experience with data journalism techniques is a plus.
- Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.
- Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.
- Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.
- Ability to multitask and excel under deadline pressure.
- Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
- Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.
- Fluency in Spanish is an advantage.
- This beat will sometimes include some evening or weekend work hours.
- This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
- Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check, motor vehicle record check & urinalysis drug screen (for driving roles only).
1. Your resume - one to two pages.
2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you've produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.
It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.
Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.
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