Investigative solutions reporter
- Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee, WI, USA Req #11431
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Milwaukee investigative solutions reporter
We are working to fill a new reporting position on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staff that has a focus on source-and-tip-driven enterprise stories that bring to light issues impacting the lives of area residents, particularly those who historically have had little power to affect positive change.
One part of this job will include chasing leads and tips from residents in Milwaukee area. This might include an examination of affordable housing gaps, agencies that receive block-grant money, whether programs aimed at solving racial inequities are effective at the ground level. It might include examining continuing lead poisoning of city children as well as other environmental and health issues. It will focus on holding elected officials, government agencies and others in positions of power and responsibility accountable for the issues we expose.
In addition to identifying problems, this reporter will identify and explain potential solutions -- best practices for dealing with the problem at hand, with proven evidence of success. Some stories might get a watchdog label, others might run in Ideas Lab. All should be fresh, compelling and focused on making stronger connections with audiences through first-class journalism on important and relevant issues.
The successful applicant will have a track record of watchdog and solutions stories and will know how to develop sources based on listening to the concerns of residents through various outreach methods, from social networks to community events. She or he will work closely with other reporters focused on underserved communities, collaborating with them, as well as government beat reporters and investigative team reporters, depending on the issue.
The reporter must bring a mindset to the beat of reaching readers where they get their news in digital, mobile and social platforms. This includes being able to determine the best way to tell individual stories, from text to audio to video to Q&A or other alternative formats. He or she must have a passion for telling stories quickly when needed and in-depth when called for, always with fairness and accuracy.
Those interested in this position should apply to Greg Borowski, deputy editor/News, projects and investigations by the end of business on Thursday, Aug. 27. Please submit a resume, three story ideas and a brief note describing your approach to such a beat.
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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