Investigative Reporter

Posted 
November 11, 2021

Overview

The Investigative Reporter is a newsroom leader seasoned in public-interest journalism who will work directly with the Investigations Editor and with the support of other newsroom staff to identify local impacts of federal spending throughout the state of Washington. This reporter will investigate the allocation of dollars for COVID relief, as well as funds targeted toward infrastructure. The Investigative Reporter will play an essential role in explaining to Crosscut’s audience how these funds are allocated and explore the changes facilitated by this money. The reporter will also serve a watchdog function, identifying improprieties and inequities in how these funds are distributed. 

This position is funded for one year. The reporter can be remote, though they must live in Washington State and be able to make occasional trips to the Seattle office.

 

Salary Range: $61,000-$65,000

Benefits information can be found here

Proof of vaccination required for employment

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES 

  1. Help develop foundational explanatory reporting that establishes the means by which federal dollars are allocated.
  2. Help establish coverage goals, a comprehensive story plan and timeline for deliverables.
  3. Produce investigative stories and community impact profiles, pitched by you and/or assigned by the Investigations Editor. 
  4. Identify and focus reporting on the main issues targeted by new federal spending, including pandemic relief and infrastructure, with a strong focus on accountability and watchdog journalism. 
  5. Look for opportunities to connect federal spending to the stories of the day with smart enterprise reporting, rather than chasing the daily, incremental news reports. 
  6. Show the impact of federal dollars on real people with a focus on equity and inclusion. Give voice to communities most impacted by public policy and major events, with a focus on equity and inclusion.
  7. Deliver stories each week that meet the highest journalistic and organizational standards for fairness, thoroughness, accuracy and quality.
  8. Share best practices for reporting on the allocation of federal dollars with newsroom colleagues. 
  9. Demonstrate ability and excitement to tell stories off the city beat when asked.
  10. Actively develop skills in storytelling, story planning, data analysis and in-depth and investigative reporting. 
  11. 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. 
  12. Collaborate with video producers, photographers, audience engagement editors and web designers to shape stories that are visually compelling and incorporate a range of multimedia.
  13. Participate in the development of various modes of journalism, including podcasting, live events and video storytelling.
  14. Serve as a Crosscut representative at community and partner events, industry gatherings and in other formal settings. 
  15. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, journalism, communications, new media, business, or a related field or equivalent experience required.
  2. At least three years of experience as a writer or editor, either in a deadline-oriented newsroom or as a freelancer.
  3. Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; significant experience organizing and managing multiple priorities, and in developing and managing projects.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  5. Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
  6. Deep understanding of journalism ethics and practices, with nonprofit or public media experience preferred.
  7. Familiarity and professionalism with the role of social media in news gathering. 
  8. Ability to work remotely during the current office closure. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS 

  1. Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time.
  2. Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time.
  3. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods.

 

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background.