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Investigative Reporter

Job Summary

The Connecticut Mirror (CT Mirror) is a nonprofit, local journalism success story with huge momentum and ambitious growth goals.

We have an immediate opening for an Investigative Reporter who will hold government and government-funded systems accountable by exposing failed practices, unmet needs, gross misrepresentations, corruption and betrayal of public trust.

The successful applicant will have at least seven years newsroom experience and a track record of reporting ambitious stories that create change. The successful candidate should be able to show examples of work that demonstrate strong interviewing and writing skills, the ability to translate complex policy into readable and relevant copy, a talent for connecting government or system failures to human consequences, and strong data analysis when applicable. Innovation, collaboration, and a hunger for truth are critical.

We’re looking for a reporter who:

• Can find untold stories in data sets, documents, and sources;
• Has experience developing story ideas that lead to investigations with the potential to positively impact and improve lives;
• Has experience documenting and fact checking work;
• Demonstrates a talent for narrative writing;
• Has experience using open records laws to obtain records and data;
• Is eager to tell stories in innovative, compelling ways across platforms and in a way that engages audiences;
• Works well both independently and collaboratively with other CT Mirror staff and other news organizations;
• Embraces CT Mirror’s public policy mission as the focus of investigative reporting.

CT Mirror is a nonprofit, non-partisan, online news organization covering public policy, government and politics in Connecticut. In our first 10 years, we became the most trusted source for news about public policy in the state. Our goals include:

• Expanding the breadth of our reporting in 2021 by adding an Investigative unit, expanding our economic development reporting, establishing a greater presence in Fairfield County and increasing our investment in multi-platform distribution of our content.
• Diversifying our staff and sourcing to better reflect the population of Connecticut.
• Providing more opportunities for young, aspiring journalists.
• Other goals that we can’t imagine yet but that will be necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing media landscape!

Here’s our commitment to the candidate whom we hire:
• A competitive salary designed to attract a strong reporters with a passion for local journalism.
• Medical and dental benefits, generous paid-time-off policy and a basic 403b retirement savings program.
• Professional development and the opportunity to learn from peers at industry conferences.
• Transparent internal review and feedback process.
• Cell phone stipend.
• You’ll work hard because we’re serious about our mission, but you’ll laugh plenty along the way because we can’t always be serious!
• We embrace the American Press Institute’s Guiding Principles for Nonprofit Newsrooms.

The Investigative Reporter will report to Executive Editor Elizabeth Hamilton. The position will be based in our Hartford, CT newsroom. This job is a two-year position, with an expectation that it will become permanent.

CT Mirror is committed to building an inclusive organization that represents the people and communities we serve. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our hiring, procurement, volunteer recruitment, or other activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, board, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and readers.

Please apply, including submitting your resume and three to five writing samples, using the link below, by Friday May 7. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Hamilton (ehamilton (at) ctmirror.org). No phone calls please.

Details

Organization: Connecticut Mirror
Location: Hartford CT US
Date Posted: April 19, 2021
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