The regional investigations editor will lead a cross-site team of investigative/data reporters and will help support broader investigative and accountability work produced by nine McClatchy newsrooms in NC, SC, Ga. and Miss.

This editor must be a strong coach, collaborator and communicator, able to inspire reporters, editors and visual journalists to identify an important, compelling story and go get it. S/he will have a demonstrated commitment to fairness and accuracy, in fact and in tone, and a strong grounding in journalism ethics.This editor must have the desire and the skill to help reporters build audience engagement around compelling public service journalism.

The ideal editor for this role will have strong writing, editing, social media and reader engagement skills. This editor will have the authority to use those talents to shape our journalism in every aspect — story conception, distribution strategy and promotion — to maximize our reach and impact.

Our McClatchy news teams are deeply committed to First Amendment values in our journalism and to holding leaders and institutions accountable. The investigations editor must be passionate about watchdog journalism and ensuring that government institutions conduct business in the open.

The regional investigations editor will manage a team of reporters based in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC, and will work with editors across McClatchy’s Southeast region to advise and guide our high-impact reporting throughout the editorial process.

The regional investigations editor reports to the Southeast regional editor.

Core competencies:

  • Deep experience reporting on and/or leading investigative and accountability journalism.
  • The ability to lead, direct, collaborate with and coach colleagues in different locations.
  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism.
  • Strong editing and/or writing skills and excellent news judgment.
  • An interest in telling stories using a variety of media, and an 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, constantly evolving.

Requirements:

  • Track record of editing and/or reporting stories with impact.
  • Excellent news judgment, and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers and to anticipate reader interests before they exist.
  • Ability to articulate and reinforce standards for ethics and professional conduct as well as journalistic excellence.
  • The proven ability to lead, inspire and convey knowledge to others, and to work effectively with a wide range of colleagues.
  • An interest in and aptitude for storytelling using a broad range of media, including the written word, video, photography, podcasts and other audio, and whatever comes next.
  • The ability to solve problems, innovate and adapt.
  • Ability to synthesize documents and data to uncover news stories.
  • Ability to uncover and petition for the release of documents and help reporters navigate open records laws.
  • Impeccable knowledge of grammar, spelling and AP Style.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; reliably meet deadlines.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and supervise a team. Requires superior people and mentoring skills and knowledge of good management practices.

Experience

Minimum five years full-time editing experience; preferably focused on investigative and accountability journalism.

Education

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent news experience.