Do you believe that investigative journalism is missing from local media? Do you think accountability of public and private institutions of power is essential to democracy? Do you want to lead an organization on a mission to serve the public good and make a difference in our community, while serving the underserved and amplifying the voices of those who are often unheard in mainstream media? If you are comfortable writing, editing, and producing in a multi-format and multi-platform environment then you should check this out.
Connecticut Public has an immediate opening for an experienced, ambitious and resourceful Investigative Editor to create and lead a three-person team dedicated to producing high-quality, high-impact local investigative journalism. And your stories here will get great play – Connecticut Public is a statewide public broadcasting network with both television and radio distribution throughout Connecticut as well as into Massachusetts and New York. We also are the home to the 10-station New England News Collaborative, and we have a close working relationship with NPR and PBS.
This editor will not only head up our investigative team but will work closely with our journalists across all disciplines in our 44-person content team – reporting, audio, video, visuals. We’re looking for a collaborator, someone who shares knowledge and spreads investigative techniques to every journalist and department. And this is important: We’re looking for the best investigative editor we can find. No radio skills? Apply. No T.V. skills? Apply. We can train you on the platform. We need you to help lead our investigative journalism. Serious applicants only, please.
Our investigations will be meticulously reported and produced, well-presented stories on issues, people and news events affecting Connecticut. The editor will be expected to generate short-term and long-term investigative narratives from team members, and from journalists across the group. This team’s work will be published across all our platforms and in all our formats – short and long form radio, television documentary, and digital, using the written word to advance the story and reach of our work.
Great investigative reporting, editing, and project management skills are a must, as is a demonstrated talent for ferreting out and efficiently producing revealing, world-changing stories.
The art of storytelling is at the core of all of the Connecticut Public’s initiatives. Those initiatives have exploded in the last several years, as it has pursued a bold new direction within the turbulent news industry: transforming We’ve transformed a significant portion of its our corporate headquarters and staff into a journalism-focused organization.
The Investigator Editor provides a wide range of services. Applicants must have the ability to complete the below essential functions and have substantial investigative editing or producing and reporting experience to be considered.
- Well-established record of leading investigative reporting teams that have produced identifiable change in policy or practice.
- Manage, direct and grow our investigative team to produce accountability reporting that leads to change.
- Work with reporters, producers, and editors throughout the Content Team to produce investigative work across all beats and on each of our programs or platforms.
- Guides analysis of data reporting by the Investigative team and reporters across the Connecticut Public newsroom.
- Guides the investigative process, ensuring timely communication, multi-platform delivery and adherence to deadlines.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
As one might imagine, the Investigative Editor, a critical member of the Chief Content Officer’s Senior Leadership Team, has many responsibilities. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Coach reporters on creative ways to tell stories on radio, digital and television
- Set goals with staff and makes sure professional development needs are met.
- Work with outside news organizations on collaborative projects.
- Coordinate with Connecticut Public talk shows to arrange investigative reporter contributions.
- Look for opportunities to produce quick-turn deep reporting on breaking news situations.
- Plan for special coverage opportunities on major upcoming news events.
Additional duties may be required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Libel law, open records law, data reporting and digital publishing.
- Leading large complex projects, working in a fast-paced environment and handling multiple and changing priorities simultaneously.
- Navigating complex organizations and making the right connections to drive work forward, while anticipating potential shifts in work.
- Writing, editing and producing content for multiple platforms: broadcast, digital and social.
- Operating with a steely and unshakable sense of journalistic ethics.
- Defining problems, collecting data, and establishing facts in order to draw valid conclusions as a change agent.
- Working in fast-paced environment making smart, fast, solid editorial decisions under pressure and under strict deadlines.
- Leading multiple projects concurrently while paying close attention to detail.
- Organizing, leadership, and communication.
- Writing, computer literacy, and strong technical skills in digital editing.
- Working in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc.);
- Identify with the mission and purpose of Connecticut Public.
- Learn and adapt to a multiplatform narrative journalism including the written word, full-length television documentaries and narrative audio.
- Possess a visceral distaste for office politics and gossip.
- Maintain high journalistic standards under pressure, including uncompromised standards of objectivity, balance and fairness to CT Public and NPR in order to produce regional and national-quality broadcasting.
- Work with reporters, producer, the Visuals Team and other editors in environments that include remote offices.
- Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in diverse situations.
- Possess initiative and self-motivation, and work with minimal supervision.
The ideal applicants must have demonstrated effectiveness in a collaborative, highly team-oriented environment, yet possess initiative, self-motivation and work with minimal supervision and demonstrating at all times respect for diverse constituencies.
Job functions are typically performed under conditions such as those found in general office or administrative work. This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions. The investigative editor may be required to travel within the state of Connecticut.
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.
While performing 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 extensive data entry and other computer-related tasks. Must have close visual acuity to perform an activity, such as preparing and analyzing reports and writing stories, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal, or extensive reading.
Additionally, the employee must have the ability to concentrate for extended periods with frequent interruption, understand, and relate to the concepts behind specific ideas.
The typical physical requirements are: light work—exerting up to 25 lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs of force frequently and may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion. These physical demands, with or without reasonable accommodations, are required to perform the essential functions of this job.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with an expectation for supervisory responsibilities. Duties are routinely performed Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.; however, the editor should expect evening, weekend, and holiday support depending on the operational tempo.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communication, or other, closely related degree field and ten (10) years of direct journalism experience with a strong, and proven, record of achievement in investigative reporting or editing AND/OR an equivalent level of education, training, and experience.
CT Public reserves the right to substitute years of experience for certification or degrees. CT Public may expand inquiries into materials submitted in support of an applicant’s candidacy without further permission from the applicant. CT Public reserves the right to modify compensation, benefits, minimum qualifications, desired skills, and job duties for this position at any time. A complete background check is required. Fingerprinting screening may be required.
Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc.(CPBI) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to Protected Classes, including race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, disability (including physical, intellectual or learning disabilities or past or present history of a mental disability), political affiliation, family responsibilities, age, uniform service member status, veteran status, marital or civil union status, membership in a domestic partnership, gender (including gender identity, gender expression or status as a transgender person), genetic information, sexual orientation, and any other protected characteristic under applicable federal, state and local laws. In addition, CPBI complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which CPBI has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. To further the principle of equal employment opportunity for all, CPBI practices affirmative action for minorities and women, the handicapped, and Vietnam-era and special disabled veterans. CPBI expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, sex or sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran.
Connecticut Public is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in our application and/or interview process. If you need assistance or an accommodation in completing your application due to a disability, please reach out to us as HumanResources@ctpublic.org. Please put “Reasonable Accommodation” in the subject line.
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