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Senior Reporter, Racial Equity

The Center for Public Integrity, an award-winning nonprofit news organization, seeks a seasoned journalist to report about racial inequality. We are looking for a boots-on-the ground reporter who has several years of experience writing about systemic racism and the sources and credibility in communities of color and racial justice movements to back it up.

The ideal candidate will have a deep knowledge of scholarship on issues of race and the history of U.S. civil rights laws, experience using data to report about race and a track record of enterprise and investigative stories that break new ground. The senior reporter for racial equity will work across teams within Public Integrity, covering issues from Election 2020 to federal responses to the coronavirus pandemic, and partner with other news organizations to produce journalism that changes lives and policies. The position will require occasional travel to report in Mississippi and New Orleans and other places in the South.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Use sources, documents, data reporting, and other journalistic tools to develop, report, and write exclusive stories and investigative projects about racial inequality.

• Collaborate with the editor on story and project ideas, including developing outreach strategies for those projects and stories. Key to those strategies is identifying, building, and supporting reporting and distribution partnerships with news outlets.

• Work with the team leader and the communications, development, and web teams to maximize the impact and reach of these stories and projects, including building an audience using social media tools and creating appealing multimedia and social media content.

• Compile documentation to facilitate fact checking of all articles you write.

• Adhere to Code of Ethics and Editorial Standards and Practices of the Personnel Policy Manual and Employee Handbook.

• Other duties as assigned.


•  At least 10 years of experience as a journalist, including several years of deep-dive reporting about race.

•. An ability to find illuminating stories about race and racial inequality; to craft attention-getting, in-depth, vibrant, and well-organized narratives; and to meet deadlines.

• A track record of graceful writing that demonstrates meticulous attention to detail and rigorous adherence to the highest standards of accuracy and fairness.

• Exceptional organization skills and a proven ability to work collegially with others.

• Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Supervisor’s title: Editor in chief

All applications should include a resume and several examples of journalism. Apply here.

This job is within the bargaining unit represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, CWA Local 32035 and would be subject to a collective bargaining agreement covering that bargaining unit. 

The Center for Public Integrity is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an inclusive work environment. Public Integrity is committed to employment, advancement, and leadership opportunities that ensure diversity of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, and/or military or veteran status.

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About us

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by investigative journalist Charles Lewis. We are one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. We are also the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

Our mission is to protect democracy and inspire change using investigative reporting that exposes betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests.