The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest news organization, is seeking an award-winning editor to build and guide an investigative unit dedicated to timely, in-depth reporting and storytelling that changes laws, holds the powerful accountable and makes a difference in the lives of our readers.

Candidates should have a track record of producing high-profile stories and projects that identify, challenge and change broken policies and institutions and shine a light on corruption and injustice; crafting powerful narratives of stories never previously told; collaborating with designers, photographers, web developers and multimedia producers on impactful visuals, interactives, video and audio; and extracting public records from the most resistant, secretive bureaucracies.

The team leader will assemble and oversee a four-person group that has three current openings for reporters who are highly skilled in collaborative investigations, source development, data mining/reporting/visualization and multimedia storytelling techniques. The opportunity to build almost an entire investigative team from scratch is unique in the industry.

The investigations leader will be a highly compensated assistant managing editor and, as part of the Review-Journal’s senior leadership team, play a role in major newsroom initiatives; the development of strategies to build digital subscriptions and audience growth; training staff in reporting and storytelling methods; and helping journalists across the newsroom develop their own investigations and enterprise. Ideal candidates for this position should have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism or a directly related field.

  • At least 10 years of experience at mid-size to major metro news organizations.

  • At least five years of management experience.

  • At least five years of experience in investigations, with at least three years of experience as an investigations editor.

  • Prior experience identifying and hiring talented staff.

  • A passion for public service journalism.

  • Exceptional writing, editing and mentoring skills.

  • A strong background in obtaining, using, understanding and storing data.

  • The ability to manage experienced reporters and help them grow.

  • The ability to meet deadlines, push a team to be productive and juggle multiple projects.

  • A deep knowledge of state public records laws and FOIA; experience working within those laws to obtain public information; and experience working with lawyers to gain access to information.

  • Experience coaching journalists in advanced reporting and writing.

  • Experience working with legal counsel on pre-publication review.

  • Experience using analytics to track readership and audience engagement.

The Review-Journal is making a sizable investment in this team as part of its goal to become the best news organization in the Intermountain West. As other newsrooms have cut back, the Review-Journal retains staffing levels that are the envy of the industry. The company has long been Nevada’s strongest advocate for government transparency and access to public information, and in recent years has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars successfully litigating public records cases. We have obtained records related to the Las Vegas mass shooting and have fought for trafficking and prostitution records, among other kinds of documents. We recently played a leading role in a coalition that succeeded in strengthening the Nevada Public Records Act by adding, for the first time, civil penalties for agencies that willfully flout the law. The investigations editor’s support system includes top-notch in-house legal counsel and outside counsel, who have deep experience defending the First Amendment, fighting for access to information and getting impactful stories published.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and links to projects to Executive Editor Glenn Cook (gcook@reviewjournal.com) and Managing Editor Anastasia Hendrix (ahendrix@reviewjournal.com).

The Review-Journal is an equal-opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. A pre-employment drug test is mandatory. We offer excellent medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, a 401(k) plan, paid time off mileage reimbursement and a cellphone allowance.