USA TODAY NETWORK

Watchdog And Investigations Reporter

1 week agoGreenville, SC

Greenville, SC, USA • South Carolina, USA Req #19888

Monday, November 29, 2021

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The Greenville News is seeking a watchdog and investigations reporter who will focus on law enforcement issues and issues of equity in law enforcement and criminal justice in South Carolina.

This is a position for a newsroom veteran who wants to take the leap from beat reporting to hard-nosed, accountability reporting that's driven by stories about real people and how they have been impacted by interactions with the criminal justice system. It's also a beat where a crafty reporter can build relationships within law enforcement and the community to tell stories about the complicated relationships between police and communities, particularly in the era after George Floyd's death.

These are questions we've been asking over the past several years, and some of them remain unanswered: Why do deputies in the Greenville County Sheriff's Office shoot twice as many people as any other agency in the state? Are law enforcement agents in South Carolina equipped to deal the increasing mental health issues? How do local and state law enforcement agencies handle officers who cross the line? How has the trust gap between law enforcement and Black communities impacted people who live in South Carolina? Are people of color treated equitably in their interactions with police? Do they receive more citations? Are they arrested more frequently? Are they targeted more frequently for traffic stops, searches or seizures? What are local law enforcement agencies doing to address disparities? How does the trust gap impact officers' abilities to build relationships in communities?

A good candidate will have many more questions, and more will come to mind as you get to know our community.

This is not a beat built on attacking law enforcement agencies, but on holding them accountable. As public servants they are to be held to a high standard. As public servants who carry deadly weapons, they need to be held to an even higher standard. As public servants with deadly weapons who have historically struggled in their relationship with people of color, the highest standard of accountability is needed.

But this reporter will need to walk the line between building relationships in the community, in law enforcement and in government. Our reporting is fact-based and objective but it addresses real problems. When we write these stories we write them fairly and we point to potential solutions for real problems.

The Greenville News is one of three USA TODAY Network papers in Upstate South Carolina within 30 miles of each other. Together, they comprise more than 40 journalists who frequently work collaboratively. Our reporters also frequently get the chance to cover stories for the Network, leading to national exposure for reporters and our news outlet.

Greenville anchors a metro area of nearly 1 million people. It has a vibrant nightlife and often is ranked among the best places to live in the United States. We are 2 hours from Atlanta and 90 minutes from Charlotte. In three hours you can be walking on the beach and in 45 minutes you can be hiking in the mountains. Within driving distance there are teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS and Major League Baseball. If performing arts are your thing, Greenville and the surrounding area frequently host national touring shows. And the Bon Secours Wellness Arena and the Peace Center in Greenville, along with venues in the Charlotte metro area, Atlanta metro area and Columbia metro area frequently host headlining music acts.

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Job ID: utn-19888