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 DATA REPORTER, STATE POLITICS

The Center for Public Integrity is looking to hire a whip-smart data reporter who will work primarily on its award-winning state politics team to help uncover special-interest influence around the nation.

This person will oversee data collection and analysis while also developing and writing data-driven investigations with Center reporters. The job requires persistence and skilled understanding of how to harness data and use it fairly to elevate our work.

Over and above the state politics work, this reporter will also collaborate across the newsroom on other subjects — and potentially with journalists at partner outlets. The job will be based in Washington, D.C., and require some off-hours work. The salary is competitive.

The Center for Public Integrity has for years been known as a leader in data-based journalism. We won the Meyer Award from IRE in both 2012 and 2014, and more recent data-centric projects like “Politics of Pain” and “America’s Super Polluters” have also been cited in prestigious award competitions. The Center regularly partners with a variety of outlets, including The Washington Post, USA TODAY, The Associated Press, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, The Daily Beast, Business Insider, NBC News and Huffington Post.    

The Center for Public Integrity is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds with excellent investigative journalism skills. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently abled people are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities and expectations

  • Collect and analyze data
  • Research and write investigative stories
  • Collaborate with other reporters at the Center and in partnerships to develop strong investigative reporting girded with data
  • Coordinate with multimedia team to develop and implement new approaches to create excellent, audience-directed data graphics and other data for the web and social media
  • Stay current with developments and trends in data journalism
  • Ensure compliance with the Center’s editorial standards and ethics

Qualifications

  • Education: College degree or equivalent experience
  • At least three (3) years of computer-assisted reporting and data-driven investigative journalism experience with demonstrated results
  • Excellent spreadsheet and database manager skills, including familiarity with SQL
  • Familiarity with math and statistics needed for sophisticated analysis
  • Familiarity with at least one programming language, such as Python, JavaScript, Ruby or R, for scrapers, data analysis, interactive web projects, etc.
  • Basic data visualization skills, such as statistical mapping
  • Familiarity with version control systems, such as Git, to manage and publish data or code
  • Fluid written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to learn — and teach — new technologies and equipment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to work well with a diverse range of individuals
  • Proven track record to manage multiple tasks and ongoing projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional organization skills
  • Strong analytical, research, investigative and storytelling 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

TO APPLY: All applications should include a cover letter, resume, and no more than five (5) news clips, sent to states@publicintegrity.org.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JUNE 5.

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by investigative journalist Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. We are also the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.

Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

 

SENIOR REPORTER, NATIONAL SECURITY

The Center is expanding its national security reporting staff. We are looking for an experienced journalist interested in deeply probing defense-related actions, decision-making, and spending in Washington to produce colorful narratives full of revelatory, attention-getting information, capable of provoking change.

The job requires boundless curiosity and persistence, foremost. You need to be the kind of person who sees a sign that says “No Trespassing,” and immediately wants to head in that direction. If your interest is confined to covering the news, skip this. If you want to roil some powerful interests and make a difference, and you’re interested in the future of warfare, keep reading. But journalists only, please.

A successful applicant will know a good deal already about national security policymaking and its relevant participants; have an ability to cultivate new sources and collect and assimilate complex data and information; and be eager to unearth information not on the public record and present it in a compelling, fair, and eye-catching manner. You’ll need a passion to make yourself an expert on what you’re writing about, and the ability to parse conflicting data and testimony to find nuggets of relevant and irrefutable fact.

Journalists who have not broken significant stories or lack a track record of successful investigative reporting should NOT apply. Reasonable skepticism, plus extraordinary charm and a desire to help government employees perform their work better, with the public’s interests at heart, are essential attributes.

Your work for our collegial national security team will lead to major stories co-published with multiple broadcast, website, magazine and newspaper partners that reach a national audience. The Center’s recent partners include The Washington Post, USA TODAY, The Atlantic, NBC News, Foreign Policy, Slate, Salon, The Daily Beast and POLITICO Magazine.

The post will require some travel, and some off-hours work. The salary is competitive.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Use sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting, and other journalistic tools to develop, report, and write exclusive stories and investigative projects related to national security and federal defense programs, including the flow of money surrounding certain security-related policymaking.
  • Collaborate with the Managing Editor in the creation 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 the Managing Editor and the communications, development and web teams to maximize the impact and reach of all stories and projects – including building an audience for your articles using social media tools and creating appealing multi-media and social media content related to your 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.

Qualifications

  • 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 illuminating stories; to craft attention-getting, in-depth, vibrant, and well-organized narratives; and to meet deadlines.
  • A track record of graceful 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.

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 our media partners
  • Some travel and off-hours work. 

TO APPLY: All applications should include a cover letter, resume, and no more than five (5) news clips, sent to natsec@publicintegrity.org. The deadline for applications is May 15 and the work may begin on June 1.

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by investigative journalist Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. We are also the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. 

Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

The Center for Public Integrity is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds with excellent investigative journalism skills. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently-abled people are encouraged to apply.

ENVIRONMENT REPORTER

The Center for Public Integrity’s Pulitzer Prize-winning environment and labor team is seeking a reporter for “Carbon Wars,” an ongoing investigative project on the fossil-fuel industry.

This is an ideal position for a journalist eager to take his/her career to the next level by doing data-driven, in-depth reporting on subjects ranging from public-health and climate risks to political influence. The reporter will write for our website, www.publicintegrity.org, and for distribution through our many digital, print and broadcast partners — among them USA TODAY, The Washington Post, NPR, NBCnews.com, Slate, Salon and the Huffington Post.  

The Center for Public Integrity is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds with excellent investigative journalism skills. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently-abled people are encouraged to apply. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research and write investigative stories on the fossil-fuel industry’s activities and influence
  • Assist with acquiring, cleaning and analyzing data central to major stories
  • Collaborate on longer pieces with other team members
  • Compile documentation to facilitate fact-checking
  • Work with broadcast outlets to produce radio or TV versions of written stories
  • Write shorter enterprise pieces as warranted

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least five years of professional journalism experience
  • Computer-assisted reporting background a plus
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience covering the Environmental Protection Agency and climate change
  • Adept developer of sources inside and outside of government

To apply: Please send a resume, three references and five clips to environment@publicintegrity.org. Include “reporting position” in email subject line.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FRIDAY MAY 19

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by investigative journalist Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. We are also the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. 

Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.