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Fellowships in Investigative Journalism

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for ambitious postgraduates for two paid reporting fellowships to run from September 2016 – May 2017 (dates are flexible, with the possibility of extension) in our Washington, D.C headquarters.

The Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, Pulitzer-Prize winning organization that produces in-depth investigative journalism on issues of public concern. The Center is committed, through this training and mentoring program, to developing a pipeline of young journalists with superb investigative reporting skills, who are interested in reporting on issues that disproportionately affect communities of color.

The Fellows will be full members of the Center’s reporting team, working on individual stories and projects covering subjects such as environmental justice, climate change, energy development and inequality.

The goal is to produce powerful, character-driven stories that highlight regulatory lapses and corporate misconduct that fosters inequality or threatens public health and the natural environment. All of the Fellows’ work will appear on the Center's website and on digital, print and broadcast platforms associated with our media partners—partners like USA TODAY, the Washington Post,, Slate, the Daily Beast and

The Fellows will gain valuable experience and exposure to the field of investigative reporting while working alongside experienced mentors. The fellows will have the ability to pursue individual professional development goals while obtaining specific training in the use and application of the tools of investigative journalism.

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.

Experience and Skills

We are seeking candidates with some reporting experience who are familiar with issues affecting communities of color and/or have faced barriers to participating in the field of investigative journalism.

We seek a candidate with strong writing skills, and a desire to pursue the types of issues we cover. Candidates possessing the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • One to two years of reporting experience, including internships and fellowships
  • 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


Click here to apply. All applications should include a cover letter, resume, and no more than three (3) news clips.


Federal Politics Reporter

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for a relentless, creative and whip-smart reporter to join our federal politics team during the home stretch of the 2016 election — and beyond. This reporter will primarily be responsible for reporting and writing news stories about how money and special interests affect federal politics and government.

The federal politics reporter will write stories for the Center for Public Integrity’s website,, and for distribution through the digital, print and broadcast outlets of our national media partners, such as NBC News, TIMEThe Atlantic and POLITICO Magazine. Additionally, this reporter will be expected to maintain an active presence on social media and develop digital storytelling skills.


  • Work closely with the federal politics team manager to write both daily and in-depth stories aimed at rooting out the identity and agenda of those funding federal election and lobbying efforts.
  • Use sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting and other journalistic tools to develop, report and write exclusive government accountability stories and investigative projects.
  • Develop and maintain a strong social media presence and digital publishing skills.
  • Coordinate with multimedia team to create interactive, audience-directed content.
  • Coordinate with computer-assisted reporting team to integrate data into reporting projects.
  • Provide political analysis on television, radio and online-only programs.
  • Compile documentation to facilitate fact checking.
  • Adhere to Code of Ethics and Editorial Standards and Practices of the Personnel Policy Manual and Employee Handbook.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent


  • Superb research, writing, reporting and problem-solving skills.
  • Fearlessness when hunting for a story.
  • Familiarity with and ability to use databases and spreadsheets.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to work well with a diverse range of individuals.
  • Ability to take initiative, receive constructive feedback and work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to both teach and learn from fellow political reporters.
  • Advanced data analysis and/or data visualization skill are not required, but desirable.


  • At least one year of professional journalism experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently report stories and generate story ideas.
  • Commitment to the values and mission of the Center for Public Integrity.


  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with other reporters and editors.
  • Commitment to the values and mission of the Center for Public Integrity.
  • Some travel.


Click here to apply. Please include a cover letter, resume, and no more than five (5) news clips. No phone calls please.


News application developer/data journalist

Great data journalism and data-led storytelling are at the heart of the work of The Center for Public Integrity, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative news non-profit. We’d like to hire a new data storyteller to join our team.

We’re looking for a skilled news application developer/data journalist. The successful applicant will join data journalists, web production staff and experienced investigative journalists to create compelling stories told with interactive news graphics, data-driven visualizations, video and news apps.

The ideal candidate will be motivated by the prospect of translating great journalism to enhance audience understanding and engagement as well as pursuing their own original ideas. S/he will likewise bring an innovative approach to story presentation and be a creative troubleshooter.

This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys a congenial workplace, an extraordinarily compelling mission, and a setting filled with dynamic ideas, engaging personalities, and game-changing journalism. The Center for Public Integrity has long punched above its weight in industry awards and journalistic impact, driven by the skills of its team members and great commitment.

The Center’s team recently won awards of excellence from the Society of News Design with portfolios that demonstrate the breadth of work we do and the quality of the storytelling and innovation. The work speaks for itself and is perhaps the best way a candidate can assess the merits of joining us.

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 strongly encouraged to apply. 

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Visualizing, developing, producing and implementing interactive and visual journalism – including interactive news graphics, data-driven visualizations, and news apps – to enhance user engagement
  • Developing new methods of digital storytelling for investigative journalism
  • Working with editors, reporters, and data analysts to ensure the Center’s investigations are being presented and explained visually.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Motivated by translating great journalism for the screen to enhance audience understanding and engagement.
  • Experience in both analyzing and visualizing datasets.
  • An understanding of how to explain complex news stories visually.
  • Grounding in current best practices in user experience, digital content design, and web development standards.
  • Skills using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Adobe Creative Suite, etc
  • Experience with responsive/adaptive design techniques, particularly CSS3 media queries, for both mobile and embeddable widget design.
  • Experience working with and managing Git repositories.
  • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Graphics background a plus.
  • Sound news judgment and passion for investigative and watchdog reporting.
  • Experience creating Mustache-style templates is preferred
  • Experience working with PHP, Node.js or similar high-level languages; bonus points for experience with frameworks.
  • Experience managing CSS through a preprocessor (LESS, SASS,etc.) is preferred.
  • Experience with manipulating SVG using D3.js, Ractive or similar is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree.


  • Non-supervisory position.
  • Some evening/weekend work occasionally required.


Please click here to apply. Be sure to include links to examples of your work, your portfolio or a GitHub profile. 


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.


Senior Reporter, National Security

The Center for Public Integrity is expanding its national security staff. We are 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. 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 should include a cover letter, resume, and no more than five (5) news clips.

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