Investigative data reporter
The Courier-Journal, part of the USA Today Network, is looking for an investigative reporter who enjoys digging into data to tell ambitious stories that uncover wrong-doing and hold government accountable. Applicants must know how to gather and analyze data and translate it into compelling content on a variety of digital platforms. Our ideal candidate will have a proven track record of producing high-impact watchdog/investigative journalism and strong data analysis skills. This reporter will be a key member of our investigative team and will work with other reporters and editors to conceive stories and help shape our reporting.
Typical job duties/requirements:
- Relentless reporter who instinctively seeks documentation and requests public records
- Compulsive about fairness and accuracy
- Familiar with statistics and use of query analysis software such as SQL, R or Python.
- Familiar with any software or visualization tools the newsroom has purchased, subscribes to or uses frequently such as Mapbox, Carto DB, Microsoft Access, HighCharts, etc.
- Experience and expertise negotiating for data
- An appreciation and willingness to tell data stories in alternative, visually compelling ways
- Consistently write with clarity and impact
- Ability to work collectively and effectively in a team environment
- Think critically and creatively to solve problems
- Assist other reporters with data brainstorming, acquisition and analysis for projects
To apply, contact Joel Christopher, executive editor, at email@example.com. Please include a resume, a cover letter and links to three investigative projects or data analysis efforts.