The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, a privately owned newspaper that serves as the state’s primary source of daily journalism, is seeking a full-time investigative reporter to join its award-winning projects team.
The covid-19 pandemic has magnified the importance of strong watchdog reporting and accelerated the growing problem of disinformation. The ideal candidate should be willing to confront conventional wisdom and report with authority when the truth is clear.
This reporter should pursue topics and ideas that move the needle. We strive to get to the heart of the matter, to tell readers the why, identify who is responsible and how a problem can be fixed. This reporter looks past one-off issues, concentrating on systemic flaws and solutions.
Our investigative reporter will possess a keen eye for corruption, wrongdoing and ineptitude. They will weave the elements from their reporting into a compelling narrative that engages the reader and spurs action.
Our reporter should have a strong passion for investigative reporting and must be determined to think critically and creatively when confronted with dead ends and obstacles to getting the story.
The Democrat-Gazette is based in Little Rock, which is home to the state Legislature, governor and hundreds of public officials, boards and influential businesses.
The ideal candidate should have:
• An ability to develop and execute long-term project ideas with high impact.
• A strong record of achievement in enterprise and investigative reporting.
• An eagerness to work with our graphics, web, photo and multimedia teams to create visual and audio elements to support and help tell stories.
• A strong understanding of state and federal public records laws.
• A proficiency finding, analyzing and presenting data to tell a story.
• An ability to build relationships with sources, including public officials and individuals outside the public eye.
A degree in journalism from an accredited college or equivalent newspaper experience is required. The position may require being available to work long hours when breaking news dictates and possibly some nights and weekends.
This is a safety-sensitive position. A candidate must pass a drug screening and have a driving record that meets requirements set in the “Personal Vehicles Used for Company Business” policy. A candidate must be vaccinated against covid-19.
Please send a cover letter, resume and clips to:
Projects Editor Hunter Field, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: firstname.lastname@example.org