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Senior Reporter on National Security

Senior Reporter on National Security
Deadline for applications: Monday, December 10, 2012

The Center for Public Integrity is seeking an experienced investigative reporter who can develop and produce a stream of newsbreaking, standout stories related to national security and federal defense programs. Fluid writing skills are required, as well as a demonstrated record of probing research, creative thinking, and successful long-form story construction. Some foreign reporting experience is desired; knowledge of Washington politics and a familiarity with key players on Capitol Hill is a plus; and a desire to hold officials accountable by uncovering and explaining waste, fraud and abuse in powerful writing is essential. 

The senior reporter is an investigative journalist who initiates, researches and reports a mixture of daily, weekly, and long-form watchdog and investigative journalism for publication on the Center’s website and for distribution in digital, print and broadcast outlets of our media partners. He or she understands and embraces the goals of a digital news environment and social and multimedia platforms. The senior reporter works closely with the managing editor to ensure that the mission and values of the organization are embodied in all its editorial products.  


  • 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.
  • 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.



Education:  University degree or equivalent experience in a news environment.


  • At least five years of 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 Web.
  • Strong analytical, research, and investigative skills
  • Superb writing and good editing skills
  • Commitment and ability to develop a stable of sources for exclusive stories
  • Knowledge of and experience with social media
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to work well with a diverse group of individuals
  • Ability to take initiative, receive constructive feedback, and work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to mentor young journalists.
  • Team player.
  • Commitment to the values and mission of The Center for Public Integrity


  • 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. 

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to by Monday, December 10, 2012. Please put the job title in the subject line.

About The Center for Public Integrity
The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations.  Our mission: To enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.