The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com, 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.
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:
Your resume – one to two pages.
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.
Examples of at least 3-5 major investigative pieces with a narrative of how you led or contributed.