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Investigative Reporter

The Seattle Times, one of the nation’s premier regional news sources for investigative journalism, is looking for a talented Investigative Reporter to join our I-Team. We believe our future depends on our ability to produce deeply reported, compellingly told and visually striking investigative and watchdog reporting that our digital and print readers can’t get anywhere else. Through our recently launched Investigative Journalism Fund, a community-funded partnership with the Seattle Foundation, we are building one of the largest local investigative teams in the nation, one that reflects the rich, cultural diversity of the land we cover. This job is funded by the IJF. Our team aims to increase our engagement with the public, hold power to account and explore solutions on issues as varied as climate change, human services, the influence of money in politics and the impacts of the Pacific Northwest’s robust tech economy on our daily lives and personal privacy.

 

Responsibilities

  • Producing investigations that spur changes to public policy locally, regionally or nationally, or that shine a spotlight on injustice.
  • Telling stories about complex issues in a manner that is easy to grasp.
  • Be inclusive in coverage, developing a range of sources and story ideas that fairly represent the rich cultural diversity of our region.
  • Finding and building a trusted stable of sources, sometimes on the fly as in the case of fast-moving investigations.
  • Using social media not just to promote work but to find sources and story ideas. 
  • Using data and public records to identify stories and deepen their reporting.
  • Spotting stories that no one else has.
  • Effectively using the legal system to win access to information and safeguard the reporting and reputation of an organization.
  • Working collaboratively with digital, visual and news-apps developer teams.
  • Working with beat reporters across the newsroom to generate and produce investigative ideas.

 

Qualifications

We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your Cover Letter.

  • Experience: At least five years of experience as a journalist with a track record of compelling investigative stories. 
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism or directly related field (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • A strong belief in public service and in reflecting the humanity of story subjects.
  • A commitment to diversity in news coverage.
  • A proven ability to report and write stories in a range, from quick-hit investigations off big breaking news to mid- and long-range projects that take weeks or months to develop. 
  • Direct experience producing investigative packages for multiple platforms.
  • Relentless curiosity and a fundamental unwillingness to take ‘No’ for an answer.
  • Exceptional writing skills.
  • Ability to use social media not just to promote your work but to find stories and sources.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple projects.
  • A grounding in state and federal public disclosure laws.
  • Experience working with the legal system, including working with lawyers, to gain access to information.
  • A strong background in using and understanding data.
  • Ability to use analytics to track readership and engagement of stories.

 

Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.

 

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