Investigative Reporter

Posted 
November 3, 2022

Overview

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 accountability reporting on workplace safety and oversight throughout the state of Washington. This reporter will investigate working conditions across a wide variety of occupations, government oversight procedures and labor organizing efforts. The Investigative Reporter will play an essential role in explaining to Crosscut’s audience how the pandemic and other factors have reshaped many workplaces, from agriculture to health care to the tech industry. The reporter will also serve a watchdog function, identifying employee abuse, safety concerns or oversight failures.

Pay Rate: $60,949 minimum, salary commensurate with experience 

Seattle, must reside in WA State and be able to come to the Seattle office

Proof of vaccination required for employment

Duration: This position is grant funded for two years from January 2023 through December 2024.

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 
  • Medical 
  • Dental
  • Vision 

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.

 

 

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES

  • Help develop foundational explanatory reporting that establishes the role of government in enforcing employee safety or labor organizing. 
  • Help 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. 
  • Identify and focus reporting on the concerns affecting workers in Washington State, with a strong focus on accountability and watchdog journalism. 
  • Look for opportunities to connect workplace safety to the stories of the day with smart enterprise reporting, rather than chasing the daily, incremental news reports. 
  • Show the impact of workplace safety and oversight 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.
  • Deliver stories each week that meet the highest journalistic and organizational standards for fairness, thoroughness, accuracy and quality.
  • Share best practices for reporting on workplace safety and oversight 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 in-depth and 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.

 REQUIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • 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. 
  • Ability to work remotely during the current office closure. 

 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.