The Investigative Reporter is a journalist with experience in public-interest reporting who will work directly with the Investigations Editor and with the support of other newsroom staff to produce compelling accountability reporting matters throughout the state of Washington. This reporter will work with our team to expand our in-depth investigative coverage of federal pandemic recovery spending, workplace safety and oversight and other issues. The reporter will also serve a watchdog function, identifying government misconduct, safety concerns or oversight failures.
Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background. Our organization serves a diverse community, in terms of ethnicity, class, culture, language, sexual orientation and disabilities and we are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion amongst our staff population. We encourage everyone interested in this role to apply even if you don’t meet all of the requirements.
Hourly Rate: $29.33-$31.25
Proof of vaccination required for employment
Duration: This position is funded through December 2024. The reporter can be remote, though they must live in Washington state and be able to make quarterly trips to the Seattle newsroom.
CPM offers competitive benefits to team members working 20 hours or more a week. Benefits include:
- 11 paid holidays
- 1 personal holiday
- 4 weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO) to start
- Half-day Fridays during Summer
- Company-matched 401(k) Retirement Plan that is fully-vested immediately
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- $50 per month subsidy toward an ORCA card
KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES
- Develop foundational explanatory reporting that reveals how government or private institutions impact Washington communities or fails to act on behalf of the public interest.
- Establish coverage goals, a comprehensive story plan and timeline for deliverables.
- Produce investigative stories and community impact profiles, pitched by you and/or assigned by the Investigations editor.
- Look for opportunities to bring an in-depth investigative lens to stories of the day with smart enterprise reporting.
- Give voice to communities most impacted by public policy and major events, with a focus on equity and inclusion.
- Deliver stories as assigned that meet the highest journalistic and organizational standards for fairness, thoroughness, accuracy and quality.
- Share best practices for investigative or accountability reporting with newsroom colleagues.
- Demonstrate ability and excitement to tell stories off the beat when asked.
- Actively develop skills in storytelling, story planning, data analysis and document-driven investigative reporting.
- Adapt to Crosscut’s approach of listening to and responding to reader questions and ideas. Consider how stories and projects can reach new communities and audiences across the region.
- Collaborate with video producers, photographers, audience engagement editors and web designers to shape stories that are visually compelling and incorporate a range of multimedia.
- Participate in the development of various modes of journalism, including podcasting, live events and video storytelling.
- Serve as a Crosscut representative at community and partner events, industry gatherings and in other formal settings.
- Collaborate with other team members to foster a positive and productive culture and contribute toward the overall growth of the CPM.
- Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
- Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; significant experience organizing and managing multiple priorities and in developing and managing projects.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
- Deep understanding of journalism ethics and practices, with nonprofit or public media experience preferred.
- Familiarity and professionalism with the role of social media in news gathering.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, journalism, communications, new media, business or a related field or equivalent experience required.
- At least three years of experience as a writer or editor, either in a deadline-oriented newsroom or as a freelancer.
- Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time.
- Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time.
- Ability to sit or stand for extended periods.
- Must have a valid driver’s license or reliable means of transportation to meet requirements of the job.