Investigative Reporter (Tow Fellowship)

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc

Hartford, Connecticut

Date Posted January 20, 2023
Industry Newspapers / Wires, Digital Media
Specialty Investigative
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified
Website https://ctpublic.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/121?c=ctpublic

Description:

CT Public is committed to growing its newsroom with journalists who bring the highest integrity and expertise and seek to better understand underreported communities and topics. To help accomplish this, the Tow Fellow for Youth, Race and Justice will cover stories that are often ignored by other outlets or told in ways that perpetuate harmful narratives about youth of color and crime. 

 

General Summary

This Investigative Reporter (Tow Fellow for Youth, Race and Justice) will be a critical part of our award-winning Accountability Project team which is focused on investigative reporting across CT Public, delivering projects on a variety of platforms including audio, digital and video.

This grant-funded two-year fellowship will focus on race, youth and justice. The ideal candidate will have deep experience in reporting special projects, data investigations and watchdog reporting. Our ideal candidate will have multiple clips of previous reporting on youth, race and justice across multiple platforms

The reporter will work with the Investigative Editor to seek out hard-to-find stories while developing a beat that covers a range of related stories from youth justice to racial inequities and the impact local and federal policies have on these topics. Stories will be published on our NPR and PBS stations as well as our digital properties.

Essential Functions

Our Investigative Reporter provides a wide range of services.  Applicants must have the ability to complete the below essential functions and have substantial experience within the education realm:

  • Builds sources, develops ideas and works with editors and colleagues on daily broadcast and digital stories, as well as longer-term stories.
  • Collaborates with visual journalists every step of the way – as an assignment emerges and at the scene of a story.
  • Coordinates, writes and produces digital content with the digital team.
  • Cover a beat that encompasses a range of related stories from youth justice, to racial inequities, and the impact local and federal policies have on these topics.
  • Cover stories that are often ignored by other outlets or told in ways that perpetuate harmful narratives about youth of color and crime.
  • Identifies trends and pays attention to developments in the justice system while developing a wide range of sources throughout the state to find interesting stories and identify major news events that warrant coverage.
  • Produces investigative reporting projects that showcase identifiable change in policy or practice.
  • Researches, writes, reports, edits, and voices stories for television, digital and radio. The reporter will also join CT Public’s hosts on-air for interviews and deep dives into stories.
  • Works with outside news organizations on collaborative projects.
  • Works with reporters and producers throughout the content team to produce investigative work across all beats and on each of our platforms.

Reasonable accommodations are available.

Responsibilities

Our Investigative Reporter has many responsibilities.  Duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Contributes to CT Public talk shows and visuals journalism.
  • Considers creative ways to tell stories on radio, television and digital.
  • Monitors social media forums to see what conversations around government and justice are percolating.
  • Participates in assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
  • Works with editor to engage community members. 

Knowledge of:

  • AP and NPR style.
  • Investigative editing techniques and news tools that support reporting, including Word, Excel, Audition, and Digital editing apps.
  • Libel laws and experienced in working with legal teams.
  • Working in a fast-paced environment and handling multiple and changing priorities simultaneously.
  • Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Smartsheets and Outlook.
  • Mission and purpose of CT Public.
  • Navigating complex organizations and making the right connections to drive work forward, while anticipating potential shifts in work.
  • News judgement and an understanding of how to write for radio about state and New England regional issues and current events.
  • Understanding principles of narrative journalism, long form storytelling in multiple formats.

Skill In:

  • Attention-to-detail, scheduling, and strong organizational skills.
  • Audio editing but demonstrated interest in sound-rich storytelling.
  • Embracing and encouraging the use of new techniques and technologies.
  • Investigative reporting with impact and the courage to take on difficult subjects.
  • News judgment and outstanding writing and editing skills.
  • Data reporting and analysis, handling open records requests.
  • Storytelling in words, audio and video.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to collaborate across the newsroom/

Ability to:

  • Adjust on the fly during interviews.
  • Define problems, collect data, and establish facts in order to draw valid conclusions as a change agent.
  • Lead multiple projects concurrently while paying close attention to detail; and is unwilling to settle for talking points, clichés, and platitudes.
  • Maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness that meet CT Public, NPR and PBS standards in order to produce regional and national-quality broadcasting.
  • Possess a visceral distaste for office gossip and politics.
  • Possess initiative and self-motivation, and work with minimal supervision.
  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in diverse situations.
  • Take creative direction/feedback from a supervisor or colleague.
  • Work with editors and producers in environments that include remote offices.
  • Work in fast-paced environment making smart, fast, solid editorial decisions under pressure under strict deadlines.

Work Environment
The Investigative Reporter (Tow Fellow) will often be in the field and conducting in-person interviews throughout the state of Connecticut.   This position may be exposed to adverse environmental conditions, specifically during field work. Other job functions are performed under conditions such as those found in general office work. There is a potential for some remote work, but the expectation of this position is to be on-site.   Travel within the state and to our geographically-separated offices will be required.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
The physical activities of this position may include frequent in-person interactions.  It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer workstation for prolonged periods, perform computer-related tasks, and create/maintain filing systems.  Must have close visual acuity to perform an activity, such as preparing and analyzing reports and information, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal, or extensive reading.  The typical physical requirements are: light work—exerting up to 25lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 10lbs of force frequently and may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.  

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time, hourly non-exempt position.  It is the nature of the position to experience non-standard working hours and be on-call when needed for story development or breaking news. Reporters traditionally perform work Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., although weekend shifts or early-morning or evening shifts may be required.   Travel throughout the state is required.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, or a similar field from an accredited university AND at least two (2) years of direct and sustained professional journalism experience AND/OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Strong record of achievement in reporting is preferred.