|February 02, 2024
The Miami Herald seeks an experienced investigations editor to lead our legendary I-Team.
We are committed to ambitious, high-impact journalism and our investigative legacy dates back decades. Our work exposed mob influence in 1950s Miami, changed laws on how Florida treats its most vulnerable residents, revealed the sweetheart deal that enabled serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and exposed the flaws that brought down a Surfside condo building and killed 98 people. The Herald has won 24 Pulitzer Prizes and we’re on the hunt for our next.
Applicants should be hungry to lead the kind of work that reveals what others want to hide, holds those in power to account, engages communities and drives change. They should have a track record of generating highly relevant project ideas and delivering bulletproof, seamless reads. Their vision extends beyond the narrative, with ambitious multimedia storytelling and reporting that seeks and responds to the concerns of our community.
We’re looking for a creative collaborator who will lead a team of five experienced investigative reporters and two data reporters, mentor two emerging fellows, and engage with the wider newsroom staff on high-level accountability work. We’re looking for someone who is excited about working in a bilingual newsroom in one of the most diverse and dynamic communities in the United States. Language skills - Spanish, Portuguese, French/Creole - all add value in South Florida.
We’re looking for an experienced journalist who:
Is determined to deliver ambitious investigative journalism that makes a difference, and has a track record of doing so
Excels at leading teams to generate high-interest, high-impact ideas
Consistently delivers bulletproof, camera-ready projects
Understands when to engage the newsroom’s top reporters on breaking news, and when to protect them for deeper work
Strikes a balance between quick-turn investigations and Capital P projects
Appreciates the power of AI as an investigative tool and stays current on emerging technologies
Communicates early and often with all newsroom stakeholders
Is an exceptional collaborator with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work closely with a variety of personalities and teams
Is a leader who can bring the best out of veterans and emerging journalists alike, and have fun doing it
Substantial investigative experience and experience leading teams
An understanding of digital publishing, online metrics and reader engagement, and how to use these tools to elevate projects and engagement
Commitment to representing the diversity of our community in coverage and staff
College degree or equivalent experience
This position is based in South Florida, with flexibility in working from home and in our Miami newsroom
Please include a persuasive cover letter, your resume, and four to six examples of projects you have led, highlighting your role in each.
About the Miami Herald and McClatchy:
At the Miami Herald, we put a premium on breaking important stories first as well as investing in hard-nosed accountability journalism that our audience can’t get anywhere else.
We are part of McClatchy, a digitally driven company focused on innovation and experimentation, with newsrooms in 30 communities across the United States. We are located in South Florida, a lively region for news and an interesting place to live, with beaches, the ocean, restaurants, museums, arts and neighborhoods where you can experience the variety of cultures that make this city a unique gem.
As a journalist at McClatchy, you will join a supportive, flexible, collaborative team. McClatchy strives to be an employer of choice, and our benefits package is made with this goal in mind. With a focus on health, well-being, wealth and daily life, our package options includes healthcare coverage for employees and their families, financial protection from expected and unexpected expenses, multiple no-cost wellness resources and even coverage for four-legged friends. Our overall benefit package also includes a 401(k) with employer match, competitive paid time off and corporate holidays, and a variety of mental health benefits. With an excellent support team and with focus on your well-being as a top corporate strategy, McClatchy provides benefits to support you and your family in achieving your health and wellness goals.
McClatchy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all applicants and employees. McClatchy considers all candidates without regard to basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, pregnancy or physical disability (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), or any other basis protected by state and federal laws.