St. Louis is a city with one of the highest homicide rates in the country. It's next to a county (also called St. Louis) that has 88 cities, many of which have depended on fines and parking tickets for their revenues. It's in a state in which the former governor stepped down after months of allegations of misusing campaign funds and possible sexual abuse.
In other words, the St. Louis region is a great place to be an investigative reporter, and St. Louis Public Radio, an NPR member station, is looking to hire one.
The investigative reporter will work on their own investigative pieces, both short-term and long-term. They'll also work collaboratively with other newsroom members as needed on larger projects or to suggest the best ways to dig up information.
The ideal candidate must have at least five years experience in a newsroom and have a bachelor's degree in journalism or a relevant subject. What's more, the ideal candidate is:
Fluent at using sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting and other journalistic tools to develop, report, write and produce exclusive, impactful stories and investigative projects.
Flexible and has experience working collaboratively within a newsroom.
Someone who possesses excellent writing skills with an ability to think creatively about telling stories for the web.
Excellent at juggling long-term work with quick-turn projects as driven by the news cycle.
Knowledgeable at conceptualizing and applying data visualization techniques.
Able to meet deadlines, respond to editing and adapt to new work situations, people, ideas, procedures and organizational structures.
Passionate about upholding solid journalism ethics and has a track record of making sound decisions.
Successful candidates will exhibit maturity, reliability, composure and stability under pressure.
If you already have audio skills and are able to code, that's fantastic, but it's not a requirement for the job. However, a passion for audio storytelling is a must.
We will begin reviewing applications on December 2, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
In your cover letter please pitch us an investigative story you think our audience would want to know about. Please address the following questions in fewer than five sentences:
Describe the issue.
Why is it relevant to our audience?
How would you investigate the story?
What tools would you use?
Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).
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