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Would you like to join the team at ICIJ?
We currently have two full-time positions open: an investigative reporter, and a social media specialist.
The best cross-border investigative newsroom in the world is seeking an investigative reporter to join our team.
This is a position for an enterprising journalist with a track record of unearthing stories that expose abuse and hold the powerful to account. We believe in the power of journalism to force change — and so should you.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists isn’t like other news organizations. We focus most of our attention on big stories that have the potential to shake the world. And we do it in collaboration with reporters from around the globe.
To be very clear: these partnerships aren’t just a feature of our work, they are core to our identity and mission. While finding and telling impactful stories would be your primary responsibility, everyone at ICIJ is expected to assist our partners when needed to ensure they are successful, too.
We can’t stress this enough: If the idea of working with dozens or hundreds of other journalists at a time freaks you out, this is definitely not the job for you.
Still with us? Here’s more.
Why you should work for ICIJ
At any given time we are working with dozens or even hundreds of the best investigative journalists on the planet. The stories we do together matter.
Governments have recouped more than $1.2 billion from tax evaders identified in our Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation, heads of state have lost their jobs and innumerable investigations have been launched.
In the five months since our Implant Files investigation first published, governments around the world have promised reforms and several of the most harmful medical devices that we identified have been pulled from the market.
As an ICIJ reporter, you would serve a key role in propelling investigations like these, from concept through to publication. You would do it with the support of our excellent team of techies, data journalists, reporters and editors — and you would do it without fear of outside pressure or influence.
As a nonprofit focused solely on investigative journalism, we operate with complete independence. No one tells us what to cover, or not to cover. We follow the story as far as it goes, no matter what.
Who is the ideal ICIJ journalist?
We don’t care about your job title or the college you attended. We do care deeply about stories, and believe that the story should always be the star. To that end, what matters most to us is the demonstrated ability to find and report stories with the highest impact potential.
In your application, please tell us about the stories you’ve found and told, and what happened as a result.
Quantitative evidence forms the bedrock of most of our investigations. So it is also crucial that you understand how to identify and obtain useful data, and that you can think creatively about how it can be used to buttress or solidify your reporting.
A business reporting background and language skills (other than English) are a plus.
Strong writing ability and an international mindset are a must.
To be successful at ICIJ means having a diplomat’s mindset and lots of patience — while staying uncompromising in your commitment to accuracy and fairness.
Some reporters work well with others. Some do not. If you feel like you are in the latter category, this job is not for you.
To apply, please send a resume and clips, plus a memo explaining why you are the right fit for the job, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some questions you might consider: What stories should we be pursuing? How would your skills complement what we already do? How have your past reporting challenges prepared you for those you will face at ICIJ?
We are committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds with excellent skills. People of color, women, LGBT+, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.
How do you tell some of the world’s most important investigative news stories on Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Whatsapp and other social platforms?
What videos would you create to tell a yearlong investigation that involves reporters from more countries than you’ve ever heard of speaking in languages you don’t understand?
If these questions have sparked an explosion of ideas inside your mind: you are the person for us.
ICIJ is hiring a social media wizard who understands the latest trends, memes, and knows all about the egg’s world record. Why? We want our stories to reach everyone, in different formats and we want fresh eyes to help us do that.
Who are we looking for?
You have to be passionate about social media. You need to know the latest trends, the last thing Zuckerberg put out on Facebook and be the person who tells the rest of the ICIJ team – who are hunkered down on investigations – everything that’s happening online.
You need to have a passion for storytelling. We tell big, complex, sometimes mind-blowing stories at ICIJ. This isn’t easy on social platforms: but it is a lot of fun.
You should be able to work with video. Video is a huge part of social media, and we want you to help us get better at it. You will work with our in-house video producer to help take long-form videos and make them digestible for social. You’ll also get the chance to do some platform specific original reporting.
You should be independent, but also able to work in a team. ICIJ is all about collaboration: so you need to be an excellent communicator, effective collaborator and willing to work with colleagues and partners in different time zones, departments, and languages (this might mean meetings at odd times of the day).
What can we offer?
Look, we’re not Buzzfeed. But we are an intelligent newsroom that wants to tell stories in new and exciting ways. Our small D.C. newsroom works with a global team of top-notch investigative reporters.
Let’s be upfront: this isn’t an investigative reporting position. But there will be opportunities to write and work closely with our reporters in a variety of ways. And we will help you build your skills and work with you to progress your career.
You will be helping to mold the future of ICIJ. We want your ideas – the crazier the better – to help us make our important journalism even more successful.
Your main priority will be managing ICIJ’s social media channels: Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
You will develop ICIJ’s style and voice on social media – this means designing and creating quote cards, videos and other content to engage with our readers.
You will be responsible for understanding the success, and failures, of our investigations and stories on social media – and helping translate that for the broader newsroom.
You will be responsible for developing and creating all video for social channels.
You will be expected to help develop social-focused story ideas for our global investigations, and generally pitch in with whatever skills you have for our investigative work (our projects are all-hands-on-deck affairs!).
You will help mold the future of ICIJ’s engagement and social strategies (this means helping create content that will feature in news outlets around the world, as well as our own)
Your idea for a great meme, engagement strategy, Facebook video, YouTube channel or Whatsapp group… you get the idea… will be welcomed. We want to try new things, and experiment with new tools!
You can work alongside our web developers and data analysts to help create engaging content to highlight the data-driven aspects of ICIJ’s investigations.
Your skills and experience:
- Newsroom experience – especially digital
- You must have initiative and be a self-starter who knows how news is distributed, consumed and understood around the world.
- Understanding of social media platforms and engagement tools, as well as experience using analytics tools (CrowdTangle, Google Analytics, etc) to track the success of your work
- Strong writing abilities and excellent communication skills
- Good organizational and project management skills
- Sound news judgment
- Good sense of humor, consideration for others, and a passion for journalism
- Experience creating short animated stories
- Familiarity with multimedia production – images, audio/video editing, design work (using Adobe products)
- Previous experience working with a Content Management System, such as WordPress, to edit a website
- Familiarity with AP style
This position will be based in ICIJ’s Washington, D.C. office. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.
ICIJ is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds with excellent journalism skills. People of color, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to apply?
Ideally, send a social media post (you can choose the platform) telling us why you’re the person to help take ICIJ’s investigations to the world. You don’t need to actually make this public, just pop the idea into any form of personal communication (we hear email is a thing these days) and we’ll take it from there. Also, send your resume!
Or, if you want to go the old-fashioned way, you can send your resume, cover letter and some examples of your work to Amy and Hamish.
Applications accepted until April 30, 2019.
Questions? Please email ICIJ community engagement editor Amy Wilson-Chapman and/or digital editor Hamish Boland-Rudder.