Local Investigative Reporter - Ida B. Wells Society
Funded by the Ida B. Wells Society, a news trade organization with a mission of increasing the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting.
Work with the investigative team that exposed the sweetheart deal that enabled serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to escape serious punishment, and led to the resignation of a member of President Trump’s cabinet.
The Miami Herald’s investigative legacy dates back for decades, from work that exposed Mob influence in 1950s Miami to reporting that changed laws on how Florida treats its most vulnerable residents.
The investigative team at the Miami Herald already is considered among the best of any regional newsroom in the country and we are looking to grow. Our newsroom is in a heavy season of news after the tragic and deadly collapse of a high rise tower in Surfside as well as the resurgence of COVID cases in Florida, and its impact on our local economy, education and other institutions.
The Miami Herald is looking for:
- A reporter who has demonstrated skill in working with data and identifying accountability stories.
- Someone who wants to report stories about wrongdoing, injustice and abuses of power, and has some experience doing this through internships and/or early career work.
- A journalist who truly gets excited about all the possible tools we can use for journalism now, from engaging with readers to analyzing data.
- Someone who is enthusiastic about working in a bilingual newsroom in one of the most diverse communities in the United States. Language skills -- Spanish, Portuguese, French/Creole -- all add value in South Florida.
- A collaborator; someone who works well as part of a team. In many cases, our investigative efforts involve two or three or more journalists working together to bring a story home.
- A self-starter who will develop a strong network of sources to find and pursue stories that will reach a broad audience.
Don’t worry if you don’t check every box. And tell us in your application if you have moves that we haven’t described that also are important.
Expectations, duties and responsibilities include:
- Proven experience in breaking stories, cultivating sources and obtaining documents through state and federal open records laws. Using the latest reporting techniques, the candidate should be able to process legal and technical documents, synthesize complete reporting and write in a clear, engaging way.
- Ability to report and write at a high level, as well as a track record of producing revelatory work on tight deadlines.
- Ability to juggle long-term projects with quick-turnaround news stories, and to pivot quickly toward developments that warrant deeper exploration.
- Find and use data from a wide range of sources to develop and inform stories on the investigative team and around the newsroom.
- Ability to produce content for multiple platforms and understand metrics to build and engage our audiences.
- Produce basic video and photos in the field, as needed. Work with our visuals team to add more sophisticated visuals.
- Regularly enhance stories with third-party video, embedded tweets, documents and links.
- Meet departmental goals: Help formulate goals and actively seek to meet them.
- Participate in training sessions and seek out learning opportunities to keep skills updated in a continuously evolving industry.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. At least two years of digital journalism experience preferred. Background in journalism, video and online media preferred.
- Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory.
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats.
- Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).
- Creativity and independence in identifying concepts and ideas for news stories that are relevant to readers.
- Ability to tell stories through data, as well as a variety of other tools and platforms.
- Command of grammar, spelling, AP style; expert-level skills in story organization, story-telling in a variety of formats, and clear writing.
- Fluency in SEO, and the art and science of readership and engagement.
- Enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to take and give constructive criticism.
- Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced and constantly evolving.
- Expert-level skills at developing and maintaining source networks on a beat.
- Expert-level skills in using digital research tools and social networks to find information.
- Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in developing and executing long- and short-term projects.
- Ability to evaluate, analyze and interpret complex documents, records, information and events on a wide variety of issues, beats and topics.
- Spot local, regional or national trends and find ways to make them relevant to our readers.
- Commitment to accurate, ethical journalism with a sense of urgency