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Minority Fellowships in Investigative Journalism

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for ambitious postgraduates for two year-long, paid fellowship in Washington, D.C funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern.

The Fellowships, now in their second year, are part of the Center’s commitment to developing a pipeline of talented journalists of color with superb investigative reporting skills.

The Center will be selecting two candidates for this highly competitive fellowship opportunity. Each will receive training and reporting opportunities

One Fellow will be hosted by the Center for Public Integrity’s Pulitzer-winning Environment and Labor team, working on individual stories and projects covering subjects such as environmental justice, climate change, energy development and manipulation/suppression of science. The team’s goal is to produce powerful, character-driven stories that highlight regulatory lapses and corporate misconduct that threaten public health and the natural environment and minority communities.

A second Fellow will join The Center for Public Integrity’s Money & Politics team to help its projects to explore the effect of money in politics on under-represented and communities of color. The team’s goal is to produce groundbreaking coverage and use the tools of investigative and data journalism to tell those stories.

All of the Fellows’ work will appear on the Center’s website and on digital, print and broadcast platforms associated with our media partners. There also will be opportunities to work with broadcast and online partners. Fellows will have a range of experiences across the Center’s reporting operations and can be expected to be assigned to projects that will enhance their skills and give new training and development opportunities

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

Who should apply?

We are seeking candidates with some reporting experience, strong writing skills, and a desire to pursue the types of issues we cover. Candidates possessing the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • Two-to-five years of reporting experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
  • Superb work ethic and willingness to take direction
  • High-quality analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, and 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.
  • US citizenship or permanent resident status required


Fellows will receive a salary of $35,000, full health and dental coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, life insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave.

To Apply:

Applicants for the Environment Fellowship should apply here.

Applicants for the Money & Politics Fellowship should apply here.

Director of International Development and Revenue

The Center for Public Integrity is seeking a media industry business development professional to join its team as Director of International Development and Revenue.

The role will seek new sources of foundation and individual philanthropic revenue – maintaining our existing donor relationships – and creating new sources of non-donor earned revenue. It is heavily focused on growing the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the world’s leading collaborative network of reporters.

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, with a dotted line to the Director of the ICIJ, the Director of International Development and Revenue will play a full role in managing existing relationships with donors and prospecting for new partners. He/she will also seek ways to create an earned-income stream for example through events or fees.

The Director of International Development will be a key member of the Development operation and of the ICIJ. The role has the scope to create a new approach to fund raising, and a Culture of Philanthropy across the organization. It is a high-profile role in the industry and can be expected to offer scope for personal and career development.

The Center is looking for an internationalist with experience in fund-raising, foundation prospecting and grants management in the nonprofit or commercial sectors. An understanding of the international media environment and the ability to work at senior levels are essential.


  • Work with the CDO and ICIJ Director to develop annual and longer-term strategy for International fundraising, leading on the ICIJ.
  • Maintain existing relationships with major ICIJ funders.
  • Prospect and develop new sources of philanthropic revenue internationally, primarily for the ICIJ but also with a view to supporting the Center as necessary.
  • Develop and execute on new strategies for other revenue sources such as fees, events, or content licensing or training.
  • Help establish and then meet or exceed goals each year.
  • Develop and maintain the highest quality of strategy, tactics and ethics.
  • Create a center of excellence in funding policies and conduct where the best ideas can be tried and where industry standards are met or exceeded.
  • Work with journalistic colleagues to create compelling projects that map to the interests of stakeholders while preserving journalistic integrity.

Qualifications and Skills Desired

Strong track record in identifying and securing major gifts through foundations, organizations and individuals is key.  A degree or equivalent experience in related areas of nonprofit or commercial media revenue raising. Experience of advocacy in politics, nonprofit, public service or relevant private sector work could be equally attractive.

  • Minimum of five years of fundraising, development or revenue raising responsibility.
  • Experience of high levels of autonomy and working remotely from the center.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Communication, listening skills and an ability to engage with people at the highest level.
  • Ability to speak for and represent the organization and on the industry.
  • Effective use of technology.
  • Strong budgeting and budget oversight skills.  Ability to effectively and efficiently create and maintain budgets.
  • Ability and desire to travel significantly.
  • Strong understanding of international philanthropic trends.

Conditions at The Center for Public Integrity and ICIJ

  • The Center can be a fast-paced and competitive nonprofit environment.
  • Multiple projects are underway at once with overlapping and deadlines.
  • Journalists and other colleagues are passionate and demanding colleagues.
  • Diversity is a given and a key goal of the Center.
  • Domestic and international travel is significant in the fundraising role.
  • The ICIJ is a tightly knit staff group with a highly dispersed group of members.


Click here to apply. No phone calls please. 

Director of Foundations

Under the direction of the Chief Development Officer, this position is a critical part of a dynamic and exciting team charged with increasing the Center’s portfolio of foundation funders and individual donors.  Funds raised support the Center’s award-winning investigative journalism.

The position, in collaboration with the Chief Development Officer, is responsible for leading and coordinating the cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and reporting for the large number of foundations that support the Center for Public Integrity.

Specific Responsibilities

Foundation Cultivation and Solicitation:

  • In conjunction with the Chief Development Officer, set targets for finding, researching, qualifying foundation prospects and recommending/conducting appropriate course of cultivation.
  • Primary oversight and management of portfolio of foundations.
  • Primary oversight for proposal submission and resubmission.
  • Outline and conduct cultivation and stewardship for the foundation portfolio.
  • Create and maintain plan for informing and securing lapsed funders.
  • Develop lead expertise in multiple areas of editorial concentration as they pertain to foundation prospects and donors.
  • Support the Chief Development Officer in working with full portfolio of donors, including foundations, through research, producing reports, and preparing proposals.
  • Participate in meetings and travel with foundations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Financial Management and Grants Reporting Responsibilities:

  • Maintain strong financial reporting through the use of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge database. Produce monthly Grants Deliverables document for executive team and managing editors; work closely with managing editors to procure reporting data and information for funders
  • Ensure foundation deliverables and activities are recorded in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Oversee timely, quality grants reporting and ongoing stewardship for foundation awards.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum BA degree in Liberal Arts field is preferred.
  • Minimum of seven years of development/fundraising experience working with foundations in progressively responsible positions.
  • Ability to translate complex reporting themes into a compelling case for support.
  • Passion for investigative journalism, social justice, and democracy and transparency.
  • Strong database and financial management skills required.


  • Demonstrated writing experience with a wide variety of development formats and templates.
  • Professional, diplomatic, and strategic in relations with external clients.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and deadlines; must be creative and organized.
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with reporters, editors, and media partners
  • Participate in the health and well-being of the development team through team meetings, assisting colleagues with information or sharing ideas.
  • Some travel, including international, is required.
  • Team player and a commitment to the values and mission of the Center. 
  • Possible supervisory duties.

Click here to apply. No phone calls please. 


Senior Reporter, National Security

The Center for Public Integrity is expanding its national security staff, having added two reporters so far in 2015. We are now looking for an additional, experienced investigative journalist who can join a team that will 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 or who lack a track record of successful investigative reporting. It is a job for an experienced journalist who has written 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 some off-hours work. You could start as soon as June 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, and the development of outreach strategies for those projects and stories – including identifying, building, and supporting reporting and distribution partnerships with major news outlets.
  • Work with Managing Editor, communications, development and web team to maximize impact and reach of all stories and projects – including building an audience for your articles using social media, blog entries and other tools and creating appealing multi-media and social media content related to your stories and projects.
  • Coordinate with the Center’s computer-assisted reporting experts to integrate data into these stories and projects.
  • Compile documentation to facilitate fact checking of all articles you write.
  • Adhere to Code of Ethics and Editorial Standards and Practices of the Personnel Policy Manual and Employee Handbook. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education:  University degree.


  • 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.
  • An ability to find good stories; to craft attention-getting, long, vibrant, and well-organized narratives; and to meet deadlines.
  • A track record of appealing writing that demonstrates meticulous attention to detail and rigorous adherence to the highest standards of accuracy and fairness
  • Exceptional organization skills and a proven ability to work collegially with others.


  • 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 and off-hours work. 


Click here to apply. All applications, including a cover letter, resume, and no more than five (5) news clips should be received by September 30, 2015. No phone calls please.