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Police Accountability Reporter

Job Summary

The Tributary is hiring an investigative reporter focused on police accountability. The position pays $70,000 a year, in addition to benefits and an automatic 6% employer contribution to a 401k plan. This position requires you live in or relocate to Jacksonville, FL. The Tributary allows you to work from home at your discretion. If you are relocating, we will accommodate your needs while moving.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is the second-largest Sheriff’s Office in Florida, acting simultaneously as the county jailer and the city’s police department.

This reporter will be expected to source deeply within the Sheriff's Office and the community, use public-records laws and analyze data in order to produce accountability stories about policing in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams resigned following The Tributary’s reporting, and the city is now beginning a special election to replace him. This is an important time to uncover the issues facing Jacksonville’s relationship with law enforcement and what solutions exist as the community reconsiders policing in the wake of the sheriff’s resignation.

The Tributary is a startup nonprofit, nonpartisan outlet investigating Jacksonville’s entrenched problems, one topic at a time. We’re committed to doing the sort of in-depth, expensive investigations that local news often misses. We work in collaboration with existing local news outlets — print, radio, TV and digital. We don’t cover the everyday humdrum of breaking news. Instead, we prioritize stories that wouldn’t get told without us.

The Tributary is committed to the ideals of workplace democracy, governed by an independent Board of Directors. That means everyone participates in developing the organization’s budget, policies and compensation. All workers collaboratively set the direction of the Tributary with the Board.

The right candidate for this position is excited about building a new model for news and eager to play a strong role in shaping the organization.

The Tributary’s core values include diversity, equity and inclusivity. Practicing what we preach is essential to shaping a newsroom capable of reporting the kind of stories that are missing in our community. Northeast Florida is diverse, and a diversity of race, gender and other backgrounds enrich our journalism. Even if you don’t exactly meet the qualifications listed below, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills, experience and background have prepared you for this role in your cover letter.

Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have a history of in-depth reporting and an ability to work collaboratively with other journalists.
  • Must be able to develop sources within the community
  • Minimum 5 years of professional reporting experience.
  • Must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or qualify for an exemption

Benefits:

  • $70,000 salary
  • Your choice of a work phone or a $65 / month cell phone reimbursement
  • IRS mileage reimbursement rate
  • 6% 401(k) employer contribution, regardless of whether you contribute
  • 35 days (seven weeks) of paid time off each year
  • 12 weeks of parental leave
  • Company-funded training opportunities

Details

Organization: The Tributary
Location: Jacksonville FL US
Date Posted: June 8, 2022
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How to Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter and three to six clips of past investigations to editor Andrew Pantazi at jobs@jaxtrib.org. In your cover letter, explain why you care about this beat and how you would want to cover it. If you will be at IRE 2022 in Denver, include that in your email if you’d like to schedule a meetup.

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