~~Senior Reporter, National Security — Center for Public Integrity
The Center for Public Integrity is expanding its national security reporting staff. We are looking for an experienced journalist interested in deeply probing defense-related actions, decision-making, and spending in Washington to produce colorful narratives full of revelatory, attention-getting information, capable of provoking change.
The job requires boundless curiosity and persistence, foremost. You need to be the kind of person who sees a sign that says “No Trespassing,” and immediately wants to head in that direction. If your interest is confined to covering the news, skip this. If you want to roil some powerful interests and make a difference, and you’re interested in the future of warfare, keep reading. But journalists only, please.
A successful applicant will know a good deal already about national security policymaking and its relevant participants; have an ability to cultivate new sources and collect and assimilate complex data and information; and be eager to unearth information not on the public record and present it in a compelling, fair, and eye-catching manner. You’ll need a passion to make yourself an expert on what you’re writing about, and the ability to parse conflicting data and testimony to find nuggets of relevant and irrefutable fact.
Journalists who have not broken significant stories or lack a track record of successful investigative reporting should NOT apply. Reasonable skepticism, plus extraordinary charm and a desire to help government employees perform their work better, with the public’s interests at heart, are essential attributes.
Your work for our collegial national security team will lead to major stories co-published with multiple broadcast, website, magazine and newspaper partners that reach a national audience. The Center’s recent partners include The Washington Post, USA TODAY, The Atlantic, NBC News, Foreign Policy, Slate, Salon, The Daily Beast and POLITICO Magazine.
The post will require some travel, and some off-hours work. The salary is competitive.
Responsibilities and Expectations
• Use sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting, and other journalistic tools to develop, report, and write exclusive stories and investigative projects related to national security and federal defense programs, including the flow of money surrounding certain security-related policymaking.
• Collaborate with the Managing Editor in the creation of story and project ideas, and the development of outreach strategies for those projects and stories – including identifying, building, and supporting reporting and distribution partnerships with major news outlets.
• Work with the Managing Editor and the communications, development and web teams to maximize the impact and reach of all stories and projects – including building an audience for your articles using social media tools and creating appealing multi-media and social media content related to your stories and projects.
• Compile documentation to facilitate fact checking of all articles you write.
• Adhere to Code of Ethics and Editorial Standards and Practices of the Personnel Policy Manual and Employee Handbook.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Education: University degree.
• 5+ years of experience as a journalist covering defense and national security, undertaking for a significant portion of this period deep-dive reporting and research.
• An ability to find illuminating stories; to craft attention-getting, in-depth, vibrant, and well-organized narratives; and to meet deadlines.
• A track record of graceful writing that demonstrates meticulous attention to detail and rigorous adherence to the highest standards of accuracy and fairness.
• Exceptional organization skills and a proven ability to work collegially with others.
• Ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines and fulfill the responsibilities and expectations listed above
• Ability and willingness to collaborate with other Center reporters, editors, and all our media partners
• Some travel and off-hours work.
TO APPLY: All applications should include a cover letter, resume, and no more than five (5) news clips, sent to email@example.com. The deadline for applications is May 15 and the work may begin on June 1.
The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by investigative journalist Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. We are also the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.
Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.
The Center for Public Integrity is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds with excellent investigative journalism skills. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently-abled people are encouraged to apply.