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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.
Each and every one of our investigations provokes a flurry of official responses: from overhauling regulation of the medical device industry after our Implant Files investigation, to official investigations into the looting of one of Africa’s poorest nations following our Luanda Leaks revelations. This is why we do what we do – we expose injustice and uncover broken systems so they may be fixed.
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 by Aug. 8, 2020. 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.
Here at ICIJ, we’ve shown that we can take vast troves of data and, with the help of huge global teams of journalists, *write* compelling, important longform stories. But we want to get better at *telling* those stories, and finding audiences ready to consume them.
Our small but growing team of digital content specialists is focused on helping ICIJ’s groundbreaking reporting reach as many people as possible. We’re an editorial team (i.e. we’re all journalists), passionate about storytelling and about creating impactful journalism. We have incredibly important content to work with, and, most importantly, we have the space and support to experiment with innovative (even crazy) storytelling techniques.
On our radar for 2020 and beyond: more video content, more investment in good (engaging, useful, beautiful) visual design, forays into audio storytelling, and increased engagement with audiences and communities. And we want your help!
We’re looking for a journalist:
- with excellent news judgment and robust newsroom experience, preferably in audience-focused digital production (working on a news organization’s website and/or social media team)
- who is obsessed with storytelling, and understands how content is created (we’d like to see a solid portfolio of pieces, please!) and distributed
- who is passionate about engaging with audiences and understands the importance of creating content that is tailored for specific audiences
- who is an excellent communicator and team-player, who will build close relationships with reporters, analysts, developers and managers to create harmony – both in our processes, and in our creative output.
…who can help us do at least a few of the following:
- manage our social media channels, including creating content, developing style and voice, and planning and strategizing for social success
- build and execute an audience strategy that can promote and guide our reporting, content production and distribution
- manage digital projects, including content creation based on ICIJ’s global investigations
- create original content or commission, edit and produce content that can be published across ICIJ’s digital platforms
- work with our global network of media partners – including major international news outlets – to create content that will help them tell the world’s most important stories to the world’s biggest potential audience.
The specifics (your skills and experience):
- Minimum four years experience as a journalist, with a portfolio of published work
- Demonstrated knowledge of social media platforms, tools for creating and distributing content on social media, and analyzing success/failure
- Broad knowledge in the production and distribution of digital news, including familiarity with HTML and CSS, experience using a CMS to edit a website, and an understanding of SEO practices
- Familiarity with multimedia production – images, audio/video editing, understanding of basic design principles
- Strong writing and copy-editing skills, including 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.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is a global network of 267 of the world’s best reporters in 100 countries who work together to investigate issues that do not stop at national frontiers: cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power. Recent projects include Luanda Leaks, China Cables, Solitary Voices, the Implant Files, the Paradise Papers, the Panama Papers and more.
ICIJ’s core team is small but ambitious. We are headquartered in Washington, D.C., but we have staff based around the world — New York, Paris, Sydney, London, Dublin, Budapest and elsewhere. The right candidate will be comfortable working in a non-traditional and dispersed office environment with colleagues who work remotely across various continents and time zones.
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.
To apply, please email a short cover letter, your resume and samples of your work to ICIJ’s online editor Hamish Boland-Rudder (email@example.com) by June 15, 2020.
Development and Outreach Manager
ICIJ is seeking an ambitious and creative self-starter for a Development and Outreach Manager. This is a new role at ICIJ that would encompass fundraising, external relations/outreach and brand building. You would be working on the development team and collaborating closely with members of ICIJ’s editorial staff to utilize their expertise and their relationships with our global network to contribute to ICIJ’s long-term sustainability.
The role would focus on several key initiatives at ICIJ.
First, you’d be helping us diversify our revenue streams by seeking out new business development and fundraising opportunities that align with ICIJ’s mission and goals. This would include helping develop a robust network of major donors through ICIJ’s first-ever Global Advisory Council, which is in the early stages of development. It would also involve leveraging our network of global media partners to consider how we can tap into fundraising opportunities and donor networks in other parts of the world.
Second, you’d play a key role in building visibility for the ICIJ brand and communicating our mission, strategy and impact to external audiences. This would include developing an events strategy and helping plan and implement a range of events, from small, intimate dinners with select groups of donors to high-profile public events with partner organizations.
- Serving as lead team member and primary point of contact for ICIJ’s Global Advisory Council. Liaising with council members and keeping them updated on ICIJ developments, responding to their questions or requests, and scheduling and conducting in-person meetings. Developing engagement and cultivation strategies tailored to each member’s needs and preferences.
- Identifying and recruiting new candidates for the council, in coordination with development staff.
- Creating and implementing an events and outreach strategy that introduces ICIJ’s work to new audiences and raises our profile around the world.
- Providing administrative and logistical support for events, which can include venue planning and site visits, drafting events-related material, making travel arrangements, managing event RSVPs, and coordinating with ICIJ’s product team on promotion, social media and outreach.
- Organizing speaking opportunities and preparing talking points for ICIJ staff, partner or members at relevant conferences and other events.
- Experience in nonprofit development and fundraising, preferably with a focus on major gifts or high net worth individuals.
- Strong relationship builder with emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Good people skills.
- Event planning experience.
- Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to juggle and prioritize multiple tasks.
- Willingness to travel, both domestic and international.
- Comfortable working in an international context. Cross-cultural sensitivity is necessary.
- Tech savvy. Familiarity with Salesforce, MailChimp and EventBrite a plus.
- A background in journalism or nonprofit media is helpful, but not required.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is a global network of more than 260 investigative journalists from 100 countries and territories who collaborate on large-scale investigations on issues that do not stop at national borders: cross-border crime, corruption and the accountability of power. Recent projects include Luanda Leaks, China Cables, Implant Files and more.
ICIJ’s core team is small but ambitious. We are headquartered in Washington, D.C., but we have staff based around the world — New York, Paris, Sydney, London, Dublin, Budapest and elsewhere. The right candidate will be comfortable working in a non-traditional and dispersed office environment with colleagues who work remotely across various continents and time zones. This position is based in Washington, D.C. or New York, but we will also consider candidates who can work remotely.
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 differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.