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Senior Reporter, National Security

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for an experienced investigative journalist who can help us deeply probe recent actions and decision-making at a federal agency responsible for helping to protect the nation’s security. The job requires significant reporting skills; an ability to cultivate key sources and to collect and assimilate complex data and information; familiarity with the process of national security policymaking and with its relevant participants; and a demonstrated ability to present new information in colorful, narrative accounts about specific government work, all in a compelling, fair, and eye-catching manner.

One of the Center’s principal ambitions is to hold public officials accountable for mismanagement, waste, fraud, and abuse, and so a successful candidate for this position must be able to parse conflicting data and testimony to find nuggets of relevant and irrefutable fact. We never skim the surface in our reporting, but always dig deeply, and so a boundless curiosity, plus the desire to make oneself an authoritative expert on the agency that interests us, are both essential. Reasonable skepticism, plus extraordinary persistence, charm, and a passion for helping the public sector perform its work with more success and higher ethical standards, are also essential attributes. But this is not a job for policy analysts or for journalists who have not broken news. It is a job for an investigative journalist with a proven track record of writing assertive, lively, narrative accounts of official actions and decisions that mattered but were not well-known or understood.

Your work for our collegial, national security team will lead to major stories co-published with multiple broadcast, website, magazine and newspaper partners of the Center that reach a national audience. It will require some travel, occasionally partnered with a videographer, and could start as soon as Jan. 1, 2015. The salary is competitive.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

  • Use sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting, and other journalistic tools to develop, report, and write exclusive accountability stories and investigative projects related to national security and federal defense programs, including the flow of money surrounding policymaking.
  • Work with the Managing Editor in the development of story and project ideas.
  • Help the Managing Editor guide, mentor, and collaborate with freelance reporters.
  • Help the Managing Editor disseminate work using social media, blog entries and other tools.
  • Coordinate with the Center’s multimedia team to create multi-media and social media content related to national security stories and projects.
  • Coordinate with the Center’s computer-assisted reporting experts to integrate data into these stories and projects.
  • Help the Managing Editor develop and implement an outreach strategy at the outset of projects and major stories – including identifying and building reporting and distribution partnerships with major news outlets for all our national security work.
  • Compile documentation to facilitate fact checking of all articles you write.
  • Work with Managing Editor, communications, development and web team to maximize impact and reach of all stories and projects. 
  • Adhere to Code of Ethics and Editorial Standards and Practices of the Personnel Policy Manual and Employee Handbook. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:  University degree.

EXPERIENCE/ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 5+ years of experience as a journalist covering defense and national security, undertaking for a significant portion of this period deep-dive reporting and research.
  • A track record of appealing writing that demonstrates meticulous attention to detail and rigorous adherence to the highest standards of accuracy
  • Exceptional organization skills and a proven ability to work collegially with others.
  • An ability to find good stories; to craft attention-getting, long, vibrant, and well-organized narratives; and to meet deadlines.

CONDITIONS

  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines and fulfill the responsibilities and expectations listed above
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with other Center reporters, editors, and all of our media partners
  • Some travel. 

TO APPLY:

Click here to apply. All applications, including a cover letter, resume, and no more than five (5) news clips should be received by December 1, 2014. No phone calls please.

 


Summer 2015 Internships

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for ambitious undergraduate and graduate students or recent graduates for a 10-week, paid summer internship in Washington, D.C. The Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern. A motivating factor for our internship program is to help train and inspire the next generation of investigative reporters.

Interns will assist reporters in producing investigative stories and projects on a wide range of subjects that may include: money and politics, national security, government accountability, environment, financial reform, and health care. Interns with appropriate experience may be assigned to our digital reporting or data departments.

Qualified candidates should have some reporting experience, strong writing skills, and a desire to pursue the types of issues we cover. Demonstrated interest in investigative or entrepreneurial reporting a plus.

Who should apply?

We are looking for students (or recent graduates) with some reporting experience, strong writing skills, and a desire to pursue the types of issues we cover. Students possessing the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • High quality analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Computer-assisted reporting, web development, multimedia, graphic design or other special programming experience should be noted in the application.

Interns will receive a stipend of $4,500 for 10 weeks during the summer of 2015.

To apply:

Please visit http://publicintegrity.atsondemand.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=512612.viewj... apply.

The Center for Public Integrity is committed to creating a pipeline of young journalists from diverse backgrounds with excellent investigative journalism skills. People of color, women, LGBTQ, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2015

 


Data Project Manager

The data project manager will oversee collection and data analysis for a variety of Center projects, with a focus on the Center’s health policy work, which has been honored with a Philip Meyer Award from IRE. The data project manager will be the Center’s senior data journalist, working collaboratively with other CPI data analysts while serving as data consigliere and senior advisor to all the Center’s journalists. In this capacity, he/she is responsible for high-impact project and story ideas, short- and long-form editorial content, production, rollout, and distribution. He or she understands and embraces the goals of a digital news environment and social and multimedia. The project manager will additionally build and oversee partnerships with other news outlets for reporting and publication of data across platforms, and facilitate outreach plans around data associated with the Center’s work.  The project manager, reporting to the Executive Editor, will also work closely and collaboratively with all the Center’s managing editors to ensure that the mission and values of the organization are integrated into data content.   

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • Oversees and manages data used a variety of Center projects from conception through completion.
  • Interacts with the entire editorial staff to discuss and plan how to use, access, manage and evaluate data aspects of stories and projects.
  • Coordinates with multimedia team to develop and implement new approaches to create excellent, audience-directed data visualization and other data for the web and social media.
  • Works with managing editors to develop partnerships and collaborations with outside news outlets for data work.
  • Promotes the Center’s brand and profile through high-impact data driven investigative journalism.
  • Stays current with development and trends in data journalism.
  • Ensures compliance with the Center’s editorial standards and ethics.
  • Coordinates with both the Communications and Development departments in rolling out projects and exploring and assisting with funding for editorial projects. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

Masters’ degree or equivalent experience.

  • Excellent spreadsheet and database manager skills including familiarity with SQL Server 2008 or later versions.
  • Familiar with math and statistics needed for sophisticated data analysis.
  • Familiar with at least one programming language, such as Visual Basic, C#, Python, Ruby or R.
  • Basic data visualization skills, such as statistical mapping.
  • Fluid written and verbal communication skills.
  • Advanced problem solving skills.
  • Proven management skills, including willingness to learn new technologies and equipment.
  • Leadership.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to work well with a diverse range of individuals.
  • Approachable and collaborative with a willingness to learn as well as to teach.

Experience/Accomplishments:

  • At least seven (7) years of computer-assisted reporting and data driven investigative journalism experience with demonstrated results.
  • Proven track record to manage multiple tasks and ongoing projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Understanding of and experience with distribution outlets, including print, broadcast, and the Web.
  • Advanced organizational skills
  • Strong analytical, research, and investigative skills
  • Superb editing skills
  • Team player and commitment to the values and mission of the Center for Public Integrity

Conditions:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with other reporters, editors, and media partners.
  • Some travel.

Apply online by clicking here: http://publicintegrity.atsondemand.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=512612.viewj....


Reporters, state government corruption (State Integrity project)

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for top-notch journalists to investigate the risk of corruption in their state governments. We’re hiring one part-time reporter in each state to carry out a combination of research and reporting into state government ethics, transparency and accountability laws, and their enforcement. Your work will lead to nationally-distributed stories and state-by-state rankings of government accountability, complete with scorecards, grades and stories that demonstrate where states succeed and where they fail.

The State Integrity Investigation will rely on original, in-depth reporting and detailed data collection in each state to uncover areas of corruption risk in our statehouses. The project will cover a wide range of “integrity indicators,” including campaign finance laws, state budget processes, auditing capabilities, procurement practices, financial disclosure and more. Each reporter will gather data through a combination of research and interviews and then write an accompanying narrative on the findings in that state. Examples of state scorecards, categories and stories from our initial State Integrity Investigation in 2012 can be found at www.stateintegrity.org.

Reporters will have to answer some 200-300 questions with specific, well-sourced data over the first two months of work. Reporters will work with partner organization Global Integrity to register and verify their research. They will be expected to meet rigorous standards for accuracy and sourcing based on methodology developed by Global Integrity. Reporters must be well-versed in the laws, procedures, and inner workings of their state government, and ideally maintain an extensive network of contacts and sources both in and outside of state government.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • 5+ years of experience covering state government, and a background in deep-dive, detail-oriented research and reporting.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, accuracy and exceptional organization skills.
  • Ability to deliver quality work on hard deadlines with limited supervision.
  • Solid computer skills and ability to learn a new software platform.
  • Experience in investigative reporting is a plus.

Reporters should expect to work on the project on a part-time basis starting this fall through early 2016. Reporters should be prepared to make a substantial time commitment in the first two months following their hire date, with regular but more sporadic work through the rest of the contract. Timetables may vary depending on the reporter’s schedule. Reporters must be able to manage their own time and will be required to hit hard deadlines throughout the process. Pay is $7,000.

Click here to apply. Please upload a short cover letter, two or three clips and a resume with three references. Please direct all questions about the position and/or application to Nicholas Kusnetz, Project Manager at nkusnetz@publicintegrity.org. No phone calls please.