Provides unique, in-depth cover stories for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution print and digital editions by independently examining the workings of government and other powerful institutions and individuals. The writer must be highly skilled at research and source development and knowledgeable about state and federal laws. He or she must be capable of weekly, quick-turn watchdog and investigative work while maintaining rigorous standards for fairness and accuracy.
Key requirements: • Demonstrates strong news judgment and clear ability to quickly develop reader-focused story ideas. • Shows the ability to write with authority and to produce copy that does not require a substantial rewrite. • Displays depth as a reporter and capability of delivering stories without reporting gaps. • Has ability to juggle priorities and assignments. • Collaborates effectively with others. • Shows proficiency with reporting using records and databases. • Uses time effectively, meeting deadlines and producing an acceptable volume of work. • Demonstrates ability to break exclusive stories. • Shows capacity to work on a range of topics and quickly gain sufficient knowledge. • Demonstrates clear understanding of state and federal laws related to public records. • Generates work that is balanced, fair, accurate and complete, incorporating, where appropriate, a diverse range of sources. Copy should not contain errors of fact of judgment and should not include any issue of bias. • Handles other assignments as needed, showing flexibility and adaptability. • Engages editors on best ways to present stories on digital and print platforms.
This person will join a new effort to ensure a regular presence of investigative reporting on the front page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. So a great idea list and ability to turn stories quickly is essential to the role.
Minimum of 5 years of professional journalism experience required, including significant investigative or watchdog work off a beat or as a full-time investigative reporter
Proven record of serving audiences in a fast-paced, productive environment that is shaped by research, audience metrics and audience needs in print and in digital
Strong news judgment.
Keen organizational skills
Experience in analyzing and interpreting government databases Excellent communication skills with a collaborative attitude.
Experience in a broadcast newsroom or digital newsroom a strong plus.