Jobs

The Center for Public Integrity is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Editor In Chief

Public Integrity is seeking a new and dynamic leader for the newsroom to work alongside the CEO in designing and managing the next generation of award-winning reporting. This person will manage an experienced team of two dozen journalists and researchers focused on stories that expose injustice and hold the powerful accountable. We are a leader in using FOIA lawsuits to bring critical information to the public. Our investigations have led to major impact: policy changes by federal and state agencies; legislation; editorials and op-eds; and broad use of our data by journalists around the nation to produce local investigative reporting. 

As our country continues to be challenged by shifting forces undermining trust in our democratic institutions, Public Integrity remains a safe harbor for journalists committed to our core values. We seek an Editor-in- Chief who can guide, support, and challenge us to honor that commitment and produce the highest impact investigative journalism.

The Editor-in-Chief directly oversees the newsroom, manages its budget and leads the overall execution for the investigative work of the organization. In close collaboration with the CEO and the Executive Editor, the Editor-in-Chief will design and implement the strategic vision and planning for the editorial mission of the organization. The Editor-in-Chief will also direct staff performance, retention and recruitment as the organization continues to evolve in response to changes in the news industry as well as demographic change in the nation. The leadership of the Editor-in- Chief will be central to Public Integrity’s overall engagement and accountability to the communities it covers and the coverage it provides.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Develop and deliver singular coverage on critical issues

• Supervise editors

• Run selected projects directly

• Oversee multi-platform investigative projects intended for diverse audiences

• Manage the newsroom budget

• Manage and strengthen outside partnerships and reporting networks that align with Public Integrity’s mission

• Shape newsroom policies and practices

• Partner with CEO on creating new platforms, products and spaces for community engagement

• Partner with Executive Editor to ensure stories are original, well-crafted and visually appealingRequirements

• A minimum of 10 years of editing and management experience

• Demonstrated history of delivering investigative journalism with impact

• Experience in leading organizational change

• Progressive experience in using digital tools innovatively to amplify story impact

• Demonstrated success in producing content for diverse and marginalized communities

• Established leadership in non-traditional news and storytelling environments

• Self-Starter

• Innovator

• Strategic thinker

• Durable

• Strong Work Ethic

• Cultural Competency

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Non-supervisory employees of the Center for Public Integrity are part of the bargaining unit represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, CWA Local 32035.

The Center for Public Integrity is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an inclusive work environment. The Center 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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Design Editor

We are seeking an innovative interactive design editor to take the visual presentation of our editorial platform to the next level. We are looking for a collaborative designer who can turn our rigorously reported investigative journalism into compelling user experiences and coordinate various components of a project from conception to publication. This is a new position that will help Public Integrity shape a more dynamic approach to storytelling and UX.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Design visual elements and compelling user experiences based on investigative projects.
  • Commission and oversee photography, multimedia and illustrations.
  • Manage website and CMS development and design using metrics to inform decision-making.
  • Maintain SEO best practices and knowledge of new platforms and publishing opportunities.
  • Collaborate to help compose story headlines, captions and summary copy.
  • Ensure that email, social media visuals and any other communications fit Public Integrity’s brand and design style by maintaining the visual style guide and ensuring it is adhered to.

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of news design experience.
  • Strong knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Proven track record with user-centered design and incorporating feedback from groups.
  • Experience taking a design from initial stages to finished product.
  • Command of common visual design tools.
  • Solid knowledge of analytics.
  • Experience working with photographers, videographers and illustrators.

Supervisor’s Title: Editor-in-Chief

Condition: Non-supervisory position.

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. The Center 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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Data Journalism Fellowship

Description

The Center for Public Integrity is seeking an early career journalist for a twelve-month, paid fellowship in Washington, D.C. Public Integrity is a nonpartisan nonprofit news organization that produces investigative journalism on issues of public concern.

The fellowship is part of Public Integrity’s commitment to developing talented data journalists from diverse backgrounds. We will train and mentor the fellow to elevate their data journalism skills.

Public Integrity will select one fellow, who will start early 2020. The fellow will join the data team, which uses data, technology and design to produce journalism that investigates power. The team’s goal is to do inventive, hard-hitting, data-backed journalism and improve how journalists use data to report and tell stories.

The fellow will work in one of the nation’s most prestigious investigative newsrooms to do data and interactive journalism centered in one or more of Public Integrity’s  coverage areas, which include money and democracy, the environment, inequality and national security.

The fellow’s work will appear on Public Integrity’s website and may appear in digital, print and broadcast platforms associated with our media partners.Requirements

Who should apply?

We are seeking candidates who have had experience with data, code, design and/or journalism who want to go further. Candidates possessing the following experiences are encouraged to apply:

  • Proficient in one or more programming languages
  • Designed or developed visual or interactive work
  • Published data analysis or reporting

Also, we encourage people to apply who are:

  • From diverse backgrounds, including groups underrepresented in technology or journalism
  • Enthusiastic about their work and willing to take direction
  • Eager to apply their skills to public-interest journalism

Compensation

The fellow will receive a salary of $50,000 and full benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation and sick leave.

To apply: 

All applications should include a resume and several examples of journalism, visual or programming work (personal projects are fine), along with a description of what the candidate did on those projects. 

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Deadline to apply: Feb. 15, 2020

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.

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.

Money and Democracy Reporter

Can you find journalistic gold in government documents, reveal the inner workings of shady political organizations and explain how government isn’t always working for the people it’s supposed to serve? Can you write clearly and compellingly? 

The Center for Public Integrity wants a relentless, creative and whip-smart reporter to join its money and democracy reporting team, which routinely publishes major investigations and scoops that drive national political news. This reporter will pay particular attention during Election 2020 to issues such as voting rights, and produce stories that resonate outside the Beltway.

The reporter will write for the Center for Public Integrity’s website, PublicIntegrity.org, and for distribution through the digital, print and broadcast outlets of our national and local media partners, such as NBC News, NPR, The Atlantic, the Tampa Bay Times and POLITICO Magazine. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Use sources, documents, data reporting, and other journalistic tools to develop, report, and write exclusive stories and investigative projects. 
  • 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 major news outlets.
  • Provide political analysis on television, radio and online-only programs.
  • Maintain an active presence on social media and develop digital storytelling skills.
  • Work with the team leader and the communications, data and digital 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

Requirements

  • 5+ years of experience as a journalist, with at least some experience in deep-dive reporting.
  • An ability to find illuminating stories; 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.

*Fluency in Spanish and data reporting skills are a plus.

Supervisor’s title: Elections editor and executive editor

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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.

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.