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The Seattle Times, one of the nation’s premier regional news sources for investigative journalism, is looking for a star Deputy Investigations Editor to help lead our growing and dynamic team of investigative reporters. We believe our future depends on our ability to produce deeply reported, compellingly told and visually striking investigative reporting that our digital and print readers can’t get anywhere else. Investigative reporting is a foundational element of The Seattle Times culture, from the publisher on down, with 11 Pulitzer Prizes (including the 2020 National reporting award). Through our recently launched Investigative Journalism Fund, a community-funded partnership with the Seattle Foundation, we are building one of the largest local investigative teams in the nation, with 10 journalists and plans for more. And you’d be doing this in Seattle, a unique, diverse city with world-class cultural and outdoor activities and a highly engaged audience.
We are looking for an experienced journalist with finely tuned investigative skills, one who is deeply committed to local accountability reporting, who thrives in a collaborative atmosphere, applies an equity lens to everything from hiring and staff development to story selection and framing, and has integrity in their bones. You may be a skilled reporter looking to pivot into editing, or an editor looking for a distinct challenge. The deputy editor will work with the Investigations Editor to develop and produce short-, mid- and long-range stories and projects, and to coach, edit and inspire a skilled, ambitious team.
Working with a team to produce investigations that spur change locally, regionally and nationally, and that shine a spotlight on injustice.
Working with reporters to produce compellingly written single stories or packages.
Using narrative writing and editing techniques to shape accessible investigative stories.
Using data and public records to identify stories and deepen their reporting.
Spotting stories that no one else has.
Effectively using the legal system to win access to information and safeguard the reporting and reputation of an organization.
Working collaboratively with the digital, visual and news developer teams.
Embracing diversity in the workplace and in our coverage, thinking inclusively about story selection, story framing, sourcing, word choice and presentation.
Collaborating with our audience-engagement teams to bring to the fore stories that broaden our audience, and drive subscriptions and impact.
Working with and mentoring beat reporters across the newsroom to generate investigative ideas.
We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your Cover Letter.
Experience: At least five years of experience as a reporter or editor working on watchdog stories.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism or directly related field (or equivalent combination of education and experience).
Strong belief in public service and in reflecting the humanity of story subjects.
Proven commitment to diversity in hiring, sourcing, and story selection and framing.
Direct experience producing investigative packages for multiple platforms.
Exceptional writing and editing skills.
Ability to understand, motivate and manage high-end reporters and help them grow.
Ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple projects.
Demonstrated grounding in FOIA and state public records law.
Experience working with the legal system, including working with lawyers, to gain access to information.
Experience training newsrooms in access and other legal issues.
Strong record of coaching and mentoring reporters across the newsroom.
Fluency with data journalism.
Familiarity and comfort with community-funded journalism.
Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 2.1 million. At The Seattle Times, you'll find work that matters.
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The Seattle Times, the nationally-renowned and award-winning digital and print media company, is the leading source of news, sports, business, technology, entertainment and other content for the trendsetting Pacific Northwest and beyond. As a news media company with a laser focus on journalistic standards and excellence, we provide clarity above the content clutter and engage readers across digital and print platforms to provide news that matters where, when and how they want it.