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The Arizona Republic/USA TODAY

200 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix Arizona United States 85004


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Investigative editor

Job ID: 3966
Job Views: 558
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Job Category: Newspapers,Online | New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 01.02.2021

Job Description

Investigative Editor

The Arizona Republic/, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a content coach. investigative editor to work with its award-winning team of investigative and data reporters.


The ideal candidate will have a track record of high-impact work in accountability reporting, with a readiness to conceive of and execute big projects, while also editing ongoing watchdog and enterprise reporting. Foreign language skills, a background in public records access and familiarity with data analysis would all be a plus. But this is most important: a core familiarity with leading an investigative report, and relentless dedication to helping your reporters get there.

This opening gives you the opportunity to work with a multi-person data team, shaping the ongoing vision for a set of public-facing databases that drive traffic and loyalty to our site. It also lets you lead some of our most experienced and aggressive reporters, with the support of our newsroom and our nationwide network.

Our newsroom led the 2017 examination of Trump's border wall that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. Since then, the investigative and data reporters, on their own and in collaborations, have been honored by the Goldsmith, Polk, Headliner, Philip Meyer and Eppy awards and the Victor McElheny award from MIT. We have fought a public-records lawsuit against the state over coronavirus data. We accessed and published secret, hate-filled internet postings by politically connected groups. And we fought to obtain and analyze never-before-seen records about police brutality.

Our newsroom, as a whole, brings authority and focus on key topics in the Southwest, including immigration and diverse communities, the environment and climate change, and the shifting political landscape in a key swing state. We're one of the largest newsrooms in the USA TODAY Network, where more than 300 newsrooms nationwide can collaborate and contribute to national projects.


Application Instructions:  

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

  1. Your resume – one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job and outlines your vision for leading an investigative team and serving a diverse community.
  3. Examples of at least 3-5 major investigative pieces with a narrative of how you led or contributed.

To apply:


Job Requirements


  • Lead a team of reporters and collaborate with others across the newsroom to identify and execute powerful investigative journalism.
  • Drive innovative storytelling in all formats, from written word to video, audio and graphics.
  • Conceptualize stories, work with reporters to develop reporting plans and edit their work into a polished and engaging final form.
  • Collaborate with other investigative editors across the USA TODAY Network on best practices and multisite projects.
  • Edits projects and complex stories, as well as daily stories and follow-ups from team members.
  • Guides journalists by consultation and coaching before, during and after the creation of content.
  • Participates in community-connection discussions to advocate for audiences.
  • Identifies and address training needs of individuals and groups.
  • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.



  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Five years of professional and/or media management experience.
  • Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.
  • Must embrace peer-to-peer training, as a both a teacher and student.  
  • Strong news judgment and editing skills.
  • Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
  • A passion for empathetic, compassionate storytelling.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Able to build a coverage strategy using analytics and innovation.
  • Experience with advanced storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.   
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills.  
  • Understanding use of metrics, social-media and SEO knowledge.  
  • Self-motivation and self-direction.  
  • Strong grasp of journalism skills (reporting and editing) and advanced knowledge of writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style.  
  • Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.  
  • Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the company’s goals.
  • News often requires employees to work extended hours, evenings, weekends and holidays, sometimes unexpectedly.

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