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Investigative Writer/Reporter

Job Summary

audiochuck is an Indianapolis-based media company focused on bringing our fans edge-of-your-seat storytelling that speaks to the latest generation of podcast listeners. Since December 2017, we’ve been creating and producing compelling content that leaves you craving more. We’ve produced multiple shows that have premiered at #1, racking up hundreds of millions of downloads a year.

audiochuck is a young, fast-growing, and dynamic company that rewards its employees, regardless of age or experience, according to the work they do. We are committed to developing internal talent and fostering a long-term team of talented media professionals. Advocacy is an essential part of the audiochuck culture. We are passionate about using our platform to make a positive difference in people’s lives by using our time, money, and resources to advocate for victims and families.

About the Investigative Journalist role:

The audiochuck team is seeking a seasoned storyteller with experience covering criminal justice stories to join our growing business. We want to tell more of the untold true crime cases, and we want this role to spearhead the investigative and storytelling efforts. Our ideal candidate has the chops to interview investigators alongside the necessary empathy to conduct sensitive interviews with survivors and loved ones of victims. This role would work on multiple audiochuck shows, and could include the top true crime podcast in the world - Crime Junkie and our newest weekly show, The Deck.

You’ll be working with our amazing team of creators and will operate “behind the scenes” as your story will be read and recorded by the hosts of the award-winning podcast, Crime Junkie. If you’re an experienced Investigative Journalist and would love telling untold true crime stories to millions of listeners around the world, then please keep reading.

As the Investigative Journalist, you’ll get to:

Tell untold true crime stories & select cases. One of the most essential tasks investigative reporters play at audiochuck involve case selection. In this process, the reporter finds and vets various cases within the scope of a specific show. Reporters do initial research and identify cases that align with advocacy goals, have sufficient coverage, and match the creative vision for the show.

Take reporting trips. Once cases have been identified, reporters will then plan and execute field reporting trips. On these trips, they will conduct interviews, gather photos, and seek to establish a foundation upon which to build an episode or series.

Submit Records Requests. An important part of data gathering for reporters involves submitting records requests via local, state, and federal agencies. This often requires tenacity and significant follow-up but can yield incredible publicly available information.

Dig for the facts. Oftentimes, interviews and record requests alone cannot fill in the gaps of a case. When this happens, the reporter must source additional and relevant case information to bring a robust understanding of the case, and any specific dynamics at play, to the listener.

Write a compelling script. In this phase, the reporter is able to pull together all they have discovered to create a compelling and honest narrative about the selected case. When writing on behalf of a host, it is impairative to incorporate the host’s perspective and tone into the script in a seamless way. Incorporating dialogue and in-text citations is also key.

Edit, Finalize & Compose a script. After the initial script draft is completed, another audiochuck team member will review the script to ensure accuracy, clarity, and tone are aligned. After these edits are received, the investigative reporter must incorporate them into the script and do a final check for spelling, pronunciation, and citations.

Join our family-like team. Our team is more like a work family, and we’re eager to find our next person As the Investigative Journalist you’ll be a member of the editorial team and have the opportunity to contribute towards our other shows by sharing your knowledge and expertise.

You are the ideal candidate if you have several years of experience in an investigative journalist type role, with the True Crime genre is a plus. You are extremely comfortable conducting interview, knocking on doors, speaking with police, gathering court documents and much much more. If you are timid, and shy away from conflict situations, this role is not for you.

We’re looking for people who are:

  • Self Starters - you demonstrate an initiative and willingness to begin working without needing to be reminded, pushed or coerced
  • Resilient - you take setbacks in stride and immediately bounce back
  • People Oriented - you can effectively communicate and build rapport with all kinds of people
  • Personally Accountable - you take responsibility for your actions and do what you say you will do
  • Curious - you’re curious by nature and have an inquisitive mind
  • Storytellers - you can tell a compelling story with the information you gather
  • Dedicated to excellence and high performance - you possess a strong desire to do your best, and continue to seek new ways to improve
  • Coachable - you are humble, understand your strengths and weaknesses, and are able to translate feedback into action

These are the skills and background you’ll bring with you:

  • Two+ years of experience as an investigative journalist, reporter and writer or similar role
  • Experience in the field conducting interviews and submitting record requests via local, state, and federal agencies
  • Creative writing skills
  • Attention to detail and the skills to find information through public records requests and other means
  • Willingness and ability to fact check information
  • Collaborative spirit to work alongside our in-house team of producers, reporters and writers
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage several stories and scripts for multiple shows simultaneously
  • Willingness to use provided audio gear to capture high-quality sound independently in the field
  • Flexibility to pivot and tenacity to find a solution when obstacles arise
  • Skills to craft compelling, in-depth stories from your original reporting
  • Openness to feedback
  • Passion and eagerness to do what it takes to deliver a product that is of service to the victims and their communities

This is a full-time, in-person position located in Indianapolis, IN. You must live in Indy or be willing and ready to relocate ASAP. Although this position is based in Indianapolis, traveling to conduct in-person interviews around North America is also required.

IMPORTANT: This role will be “behind the scenes.” This role will be responsible for creating and writing stories for the hosts of Crime Junkie to read and record.

In exchange for your contribution to the team, you can expect to receive:

  • Competitive base salary + 10% pro rata bonus paid out quarterly
  • Paid time off
  • Paid Holidays
  • 401k + matching
  • HRA (Health Reimbursement Arrangement)
  • Mental Health Days (occasional)
  • Yearly charitable contribution of your choice
  • Christmas Bonus
  • Team building events
  • Professional development

Sound like you? Please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come to work every day.

Details

Organization: audiochuck
Location: Indianapolis IN US
Date Posted: July 13, 2022
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