|Date Posted||August 11, 2019|
|Industry||Digital Media, Nonprofit|
|Required Education||Bachelor's Degree|
The successful applicant must be creative, tenacious, ethical and a team player. Solid researching skills are required. You should be able to easily balance long and short-term investigations. You should be knowledgeable about how to help our digital team “produce up” your investigations with great engaging content online. You will be working with a team that is committed to fairness and accuracy.
VTDigger holds people accountable, pushes for action and searches for solutions. We are the largest daily news organization in Vermont with 320,000 unique readers a month, a staff of 24 and an annual budget of $2 million. We are online only and nonprofit.
Since our start in 2009, we have become Vermont's go-to source for news with 323,000 unique readers a month. We also have the largest newsroom in the state with 18 reporters and editors. Our budget this year will surpass $2 million and our funding sources are highly diversified.
We specialize in watchdog reporting on state government, business and politics. Our work has been recognized nationally as a model for investigative nonprofits and our reporting is frequently picked up by Politico, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Last year, the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy published a white paper about the success of our nonprofit model. https://shorensteincenter.org/vtdigger-case-study/
Our headquarters is in Montpelier, Vermont, a beautiful small city surrounded by world class ski areas, hiking opportunities, lakes and biking trails.
The investigative reporter joins a collaborative team of dedicated beat reporters at VTDigger who break news, seek public records and pursue investigative stories.
The ideal candidate should be:
A self-starter proficient at managing time, developing story ideas and producing publication-ready content with minimal editing and supervision.
Resourceful about obtaining public information in a state that routinely limits access to government records.
Adept at collecting and analyzing data and using it to verify and sharpen anecdotal reporting.
Bring complex issues to life through compelling characters and narratives.
Refuses to give up, even when people aren’t returning telephone calls.
Protects the reputation and integrity of the organization.
At least 5 years of professional journalism experience.
Strong reporting and writing skills
Social media skills
Pay and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience.
Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to Anne Galloway, executive director of the Vermont Journalism Trust, firstname.lastname@example.org
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