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Investigative/accountability reporter

Job Summary

Accountability Reporter
This data and records-driven reporter will be a watchdog of local government agencies and jurisdictions, focusing on stories that help the public engage with its government, hold it accountable and find solutions to problems. In all of our reporting, we want to amplify the voices of Fort Worth and Tarrant County residents.

This is a full-time position with full company benefits. We are a nonprofit and nonpartisan all-digital news organization focused on producing strong local journalism leading to better public policy and improved civic engagement. All Fort Worth Report journalism initiatives investigate the intersections of people and policy.
The successful candidate will be a problem-solver with excellent writing and editing skills and a nose for news. The person loves the mix of local reporting we aspire to do at the Fort Worth Report, as outlined in our reader research and posted at fortworthreport.org. The goal is to produce world-class journalism that expands Fort Worth Report’s relevance, impact and reach.

We take a four-pronged approach to our work: accountability/investigative reporting; solutions journalism; explainers; and community outreach. We seek journalists who are comfortable with and skilled in working in these different but related areas.
This reporter will be part of a two-person government accountability reporting team collaborating with a newly formed team at our nonprofit partner, public broadcasters KERA. We are independent news organizations, but the Report and KERA see the benefit of collaborating to further our shared missions of providing local journalism that makes a difference in our audiences’ lives. To further this effort, some KERA journalists are working out of the Report’s newsroom in Fort Worth.

The Fort Worth Report offers deep coverage of civic issues, local government, education, business, and arts and culture in an all-digital platform.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Cultivate expertise in local government policy and issues to generate ideas for high-impact stories, including meeting with sources, background research, submitting public records requests, and other investigative functions.

● Value, contribute to and sustain Fort Worth Report’s commitment to a culture of belonging that sees our culture’s history of power and privilege and seeks to balance that with the inclusion of many diverse experiences and perspectives.
● Provide digital storytelling (by gathering audio, taking photos, producing videos and embedding graphics online using tools like Infogram) with clear, concise writing that makes complicated issues accessible and informs our audience why a story is important to them.
● Integrate audience interaction with reporting by working with the editors and other staff members. Specifically, the reporter will promote stories by posting them on his or her social media and by appearing on KERA, Texas Standard and other outlets that ask about the Fort Worth Report’s work. This reporter will also respond to and gather ideas from readers’ comments in person, on the phone and online.
● Schedule flexibility. This reporter will generally work 40 hours a week. Work schedule will be determined by reporting, meetings and assignments, so there will be some evening, weekend and holiday work.

● All staff members are expected to live in Fort Worth or Tarrant County.

QUALIFICATIONS:
● Good-natured, ambitious and ready to grow with our new journalism initiative.

● Proven ability to use databases and other investigative reporting tools. We expect our stories to go deep and lead to change in public policy.
● 5 years reporting experience.
● Varied multimedia experience, including video, audio and web storytelling. Photography is a plus.
● Excellent communication skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work under deadline pressure.
● Multiplatform experience, including writing and AP Style, shooting video, taking photos, posting to social media and on content management systems.

● Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to work cross-functionally with different departments and work styles.

● Must be comfortable with fast-moving organizational culture.

● Handle other duties as may be assigned by senior editors.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
● Good written/verbal communication skills.

● Driver’s license, reliable transportation and current automobile insurance.

Along with ample opportunity for growth in the country’s 12th-largest city, we offer a competitive salary, plus health insurance (medical, dental, vision), generous holiday, sick and vacation leave, and flexible work hours.
There are great candidates who might not check all these boxes or who hold important skills we haven’t listed. Don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. FWR is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds. People of color, women, LGBTQ+, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.
As a start-up, we’re often called to wear many hats and jump in to help each other when the situation calls for it. We’re committed to maintaining a healthy work-life balance and providing a place for staff to feel supported in their professional growth and achieve ambitious goals.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
● Apply by email to hello@fortworthreport.org and Managing Editor Thomas Martinez, thomas.martinez@fortworthreport.org. You also may upload your material to our jobs portal at FortWorthReport.org. Please send a resume, cover letter and work samples.

Details

Organization: Fort Worth Report
Location: Fort Worth TX US
Date Posted: January 6, 2022
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How to Apply

Managing Editor Thomas Martinez, hello@fortworthreport.org

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