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National Investigative Reporter

Job Summary

USA TODAY/ is seeking an experienced investigative reporter with a knack for producing impactful, revelatory and well-written stories that hold people in power to account.

We want someone who is curious and resourceful, whose notebook brims with story ideas in various stages of vetting and development, and who thrives on getting information.

Our ideal candidate is not afraid to ask tough questions, to research case law to appeal public records denials or to comb through reams of documents and data to get answers to questions.

We value investigative work that demonstrates accuracy, a keen sense of fairness and an understanding of how to build stories around real people. You should be able to point to clips that show these qualities. For example, here is some of the work our team has published over the past year:

You should also be comfortable breaking stories quickly when needed and writing short-and-mid-sized projects in addition to developing longer-term investigative pieces. We’re always looking for that homerun, but we’ve got to hit singles, doubles and triples, too.

With the nation as your topic, you will have the freedom to range widely in pursuit of unique stories. You also will have opportunities to collaborate with other members of the I-team and work across the Gannett Network, partnering with the largest team of journalists in the United States.

Our investigative team is based across the country. This position can be based at our headquarters in McLean, VA, one of our local newsrooms or remotely under the right circumstances.

Minimum Salary: 75,000.00


  • Create content (articles, videos, photos, and social media posts) about local news that accurately informs, entertains, and engages key audiences and platforms with metrics.
  • Provide thoughtful, in-depth reporting of complex issues.
  • Work with editors to evaluate what's working and what's not and develop ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
  • Mentor colleagues.
  • Collaborate with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e., photos, videos, and graphics).
  • Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
  • Provide great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in journalism or any other subject or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least five years of experience as a reporter for a daily news media organization, including a proven track record of compelling enterprise and/or investigative work.
  • Knack for making complex stories relatable on digital, print and social media platforms.
  • Deep understanding of how to use records and data in the service of strong storytelling.
  • Organizational ability to pursue short-term and long-term reporting efforts simultaneously.
  • Ability to multitask and excel under deadline pressure.
  • Able to work collaboratively and efficiently.
  • Strong competitive instincts and intellectual curiosity.
  • Ability to think and act tactically and strategically.
  • Proficiency in AP style and grammar.
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills.
  • Eagerness to brainstorm ideas with a team and execute on newsroom strategies.
  • This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer background check, motor vehicle record check and drug screen.


Organization: USA TODAY
Location: Tysons Corner CA US
Date Posted: May 31, 2022
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How to Apply

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. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

  • Your resume – one to two pages.
  • A cover letter describing why this is a logical next step in your career.
  • Links to 3-6 samples of your work (please provide copies of any paywalled work you include). Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.

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