About The Intercept:
The Intercept is an award-winning news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations & unflinching analysis focus on politics, war, surveillance, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media, & more. The Intercept gives its journalists the editorial freedom & legal support they need to expose corruption & injustice wherever they find it.
The Investigative Researcher will collaborate with a dynamic team of Intercept investigative journalists around the world to identify & pursue research & reporting strategies that hold the powerful to account. Youll work with colleagues on short- & long-term projects, videos, & podcasts, & spend about 20% of your time working with Field of Vision to assist filmmakers in producing short & feature-length documentaries.
Were looking for a candidate who brings together state-of-the-art research skills & strong editorial judgment to help us do groundbreaking, high-impact investigative journalism. In collaboration with reporters & editors, you should be able to think your way through the reporting process, anticipate what will be needed at every stage, & then help us find it. Youll analyze & synthesize the information you uncover in ways that strengthen & sharpen our journalism.
The Investigative Researcher will formulate strategies for supporting both long-term investigative projects & daily breaking news coverage, & maintain awareness of emerging research trends across a range of subject areas, including national security & criminal justice. Youll also be gifted at collaborating & sharing new approaches & best practices with colleagues across the newsroom.
As part of your application, please show us some of your best work & tell us how you did it. What was the thought process behind your inquiry, & what tools did you employ? Did you play a key part in obtaining hard-to-get data or documents? How do you think your work could improve The Intercepts journalism?
- 6+ years of news research or equivalent experience
- Expert ability to search online information sources, including public records databases & social media
- Proven track record of informing high-quality published journalism
- Proven track record of finding people who dont want to be found
- Demonstrated proficiency in databases, including but not limited to Lexis-Nexis, PACER, & TLO.
- Strong familiarity with government documents & domestic & international FOI laws
- Demonstrated proficiency using open source intelligence, including but not limited to FEC data, IRS data, FARA, SOPR, & government contract databases
- Familiarity with various state court & police records systems & regulations
- Demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Excel & Google Sheets
- Expertise in cleaning & standardizing messy data sets
- Awareness & knowledge of emerging web-based tools & social media platforms, & comfort learning new technologies & tools
- Strong journalistic instincts & ability to distinguish newsworthy information from extraneous detail
- Excellent written & verbal communication skills
- Excellent analytical & problem-solving skills
- Ability to work effectively in a fast-moving, multi-project team environment
- Comfort pitching new research methods & strategies using unconventional sources & collaborative approaches
This position is recognized as part of the Writers Guild of America, East, Union."
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, & LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, & to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.