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Investigative Reporter

Job Summary

The Des Moines Register seeks an experienced investigative reporter with a track record of digging out impactful stories that reveal injustices, right wrongs and change public policy.

This reporter should be an expert at prying out hard-to-get information by using state and federal open meetings and open records laws.

He or she also should be fluent with how to acquire and scrub databases, analyze the information and institute checks to ensure findings are sound. But this job also requires a great storyteller, who can earn the trust of reluctant sources and bring to light powerful stories of those who have suffered from injustices.

He or she should be comfortable taking photos and producing video as needed and using live chats, social media and other digital tools to present news in novel ways. He or she must exercise keen news judgment and also use metrics to understand what’s resonating with readers and how to shape coverage to steadily increase target audiences.

All Des Moines Register staffers are expected to meet the highest professional standards for fairness, integrity and other ethical principles.

This reporter will report to a senior editor at the Des Moines Register, a 17-time Pulitzer Prize winner that is recognized nationally for the quality of its political and state government reporting.

In this role, you will:

--Research, report and produce compelling content that informs and engages readers.

--Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.

--Produce watchdog journalism that leads to change.

--Use live video to spotlight breaking news and high-interest events.

--Produce content in alternative forms (listicles, Q&As, narratives, photo galleries, video — that are tailored to the right platform (mobile, desktop, social media) to best reach the audience.

--Use real-time metrics to respond to user demand and reader interest.

Here's what you need:

--Bachelor's degree.

--At least five years of professional journalism experience.

--High-level writing, communication and time management skills.

--Demonstrated ability to work well on deadline.

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume. Show us what you’ve done. Please upload a single file that includes:

--Your updated current resume – one to two pages.

--A cover letter that outlines your interest in this role and how you would approach the job.

--Links to 5-10 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in this role.


Organization: Des Moines Register
Location: Des Moines Iowa US
Date Posted: December 17, 2020
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