Our investigative team of North Carolina journalists and watchdog reporters is dedicated to exposing corruption, wrongdoing and injustice. We are looking for a reporter who shares those values to join our dynamic team.
The investigative reporter focuses on accountability journalism, serving as a fearless watchdog to powerful institutions, from business to government and nonprofits, among others. This reporter is skilled in using data and public records to find, inform and write stories. They will provide fast context to big breaking news stories and also be able to produce quick-turnaround enterprise stories as well as longer-term pieces. The reporter is a self-starter but also comfortable working in a collaborative setting with other reporters and visual journalists.
The reporter must have a demonstrated commitment to fairness and accuracy, in fact and in tone, and a strong grounding in journalism ethics. They must have the desire to build reader loyalty, engagement and growth around compelling public service journalism. Reporters are expected to develop a deep understanding of what’s important to readers in North Carolina, and to use that knowledge to break and report exclusive journalism.
Duties and responsibilities:
Conceive compelling story ideas, with a clear focus on information that will be of keen interest and relevance to local readers.
Find and use data from a wide range of sources to develop and inform stories on the investigative team and around the newsroom.
Develop broad range of sources.
Be a master of social media – both as a news-gathering tool and as a way to push the news out quickly and build our audience, as well as your own brand.
Understand audience metrics – which of your stories are resonating with readers and which are not? Working with your editor, regularly mine this data for takeaways about how we can build and engage our audiences.
Produce basic video and photos in the field. Work with visuals team to add more sophisticated visuals as a fundamental storytelling tool.
Write stories that are complete, fair and provide context for readers – even on tight deadlines.
Write and report on a continuous news cycle, publishing to digital platforms as well as print.
Use judgment in determining best digital tools and platforms for conveying news to readers in varying circumstances.
Regularly enhance stories with third-party video, embedded tweets, documents and links.
Engage the public: Present events, news coverage and enterprise/public service reporting in a manner in which readers understand the need for action/involvement.
Use social networks to seek story ideas, report in real time and connect with the community.
Meet departmental goals: Help formulate goals and actively seek to meet them.
Participate in training sessions and seek out learning opportunities to keep skills updated in a continuously evolving industry.
Education and knowledge: College degree required. At least two years of digital journalism experience preferred. Background in journalism, video and online media preferred.
Creativity and independence in identifying concepts and ideas for news stories that are relevant to readers.
Ability to tell stories through data, as well as a variety of other tools and platforms.
Command of grammar, spelling, AP style; expert-level skills in story organization, story-telling in a variety of formats, and clear writing.
Fluency in SEO, and the art and science of readership and engagement.
Enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies.
Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to take and give constructive criticism.
Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced and constantly evolving.
Expert-level skills at developing and maintaining source networks on a beat.
Expert-level skills in using digital research tools and social networks to find information.
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in developing and executing long- and short-term projects.
Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable.
Ability to evaluate, analyze and interpret complex documents, records, information and events on a wide variety of issues, beats and topics.
Spot local, regional or national trends and find ways to make them relevant to Observer readers.
Commitment to accurate, ethical journalism.
Applications should include a cover letter, references, and links to writing samples. Applicants should state whether they’d prefer to be based in Raleigh, N. C. or Charlotte, N.C. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. The deadline for applications is Jan. 31, 2020.
Application Link: https://jobs.jobvite.com/mcclatchy/job/oHZJbfwk/apply