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Investigative Data Reporter for TheGrio

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(n) grī/ō, ‘grīō: Journalist. Historian. Praise Singer. Poet. Musician. Curator. Storyteller.

TheGrio, is a digital, video-centric news community devoted to giving voice to trusted figures on the front line who inspire us every day, and to fresh perspectives who buck convention because there’s more than one way to be Black. We believe a well-informed community best determines its own interests. And so, TheGrio’s editorial mandate is to focus on news and events which have a pronounced impact on a Black global audience. We unabashedly explore culture and entertainment, health and lifestyle, politics and policy, business and empowerment, science and climate, tech and innovation, and everything in between that matters to us. From Kampala to Atlanta TheGrio is Black culture amplified.

TheGrio is strongly building its editorial staff. It is an investment in the business's core competencies. These jobs will primarily be based in NY and Atlanta. Some of the positions will be opportunities to work from other cities or fully remote. Byron Allen, CEO of Allen Media Group, says, “TheGrio is the leader of fearless journalism and inspirational storytelling about Black people. No other Black news outlet has our cumulative audience reach or impact. This is a natural growth of our brand sponsorships, and editorial partnerships for TheGrio's content on digital, mobile, streaming, podcasts, and social media.”

TheGrio is looking for an Investigative and Data Reporter with an emphasis on Black stories from across America. The ideal candidate will develop investigative and data-based stories, with a particular emphasis on breaking news. We are seeking a creative self-starter to help make our data journalism authoritative, surprising and indispensable. Experience in investigative reporting is preferred. The position is based in Atlanta.

Consistently write short-term and longer-term investigative reports covering the Black experience.
Conceive and execute data-driven investigative reporting projects with creative approaches.
Ferret out datasets and develop methodologies that elevate stories and trigger impact.
Find innovative ways to gather data from difficult or uncooperative sources.
Collaborate to produce sharp graphics and powerful interactive experiences.
Coordinate story parameters with Managing Editor.
Strong knowledge of current events.
Research and craft stories in a way that resonates with our audiences.
Coordinate the licensing and creation of photography, graphics and videos.
Communicate critical story information with producers and managers.
Diligently maintains schedules and workflows.
Pitch daily story ideas.

Knowledge and passion for the culture, history and current affairs.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work independently, be proactive and take initiative.
Ability to import and clean large data sets.
Familiarity with intermediate to high-level statistics.
Proven proficiency with database managers such as MySQL and/or PostgreSQL and fluency in structured query language (SQL).
Programming experience in Python.
Knowledge of mapping software such as ArcView and/or QGIS.
Working knowledge of Github, including familiarity with cloning a project, pushing/merging content to an existing repository, and using Git commands the command line.
Familiarity with the GSuite of applications, including Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Golab.
Ability to write about complex topics clearly.
Excellent writing skills, spelling and grammar.
3 years experience in daily news writing for newspaper or digital media.
Solid news judgment and grasp of journalism best practices.
Ability to work well with others under strict deadlines.
Maintain ethical journalism standards.
Work as a team player capable of clearly communicating with key stakeholders.
Firm understanding of rights and clearances.
Dazzling investigative, strategic thinking and data analysis skills.
Robust work ethic.
Bachelor's degree required.

About Us:
We are the #1 Black-owned, digital video-centric news platform devoted to providing Black America with compelling stories and perspectives.

Established in 2009, TheGrio is a trusted voice in the Black community. In 2021, we're continuing to reshape media narratives, uplift Black voices, and report from the front lines of our communities.


Organization: The Grio
Location: Atlanta GA US
Date Posted: December 14, 2021
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