Sr. Investigative Reporters in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project Department are highly experienced reporters who research, develop, write and produce groundbreaking investigative content on the radical right in the United States. Sr. Investigative Reporters take on specific groups and areas of expertise and lead major investigative initiatives.
The successful candidate will be tasked with:
generating long- and short-term investigative content and projects;
producing major articles focusing on extremism and hate groups for the Hatewatch Blog, Intelligence Report magazine as well as for other in-depth publications;
contributing research and analysis on emerging events;
providing written and digital content for our website; and
developing and maintaining sources that will generate exclusive and compelling story content.
The Investigative Reporter will work closely with the Intelligence Project’s research team to conceptualize and produce factual, ethical and impactful investigative content. The Investigative Reporter must ensure accuracy, clarity, consistency, and overall quality of content while meeting deadlines and balancing short- and long-term assignments.
Primary Job Functions:
Create, research and write short- and long-form content through investigation and research;
Use sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting, and other journalistic tools to develop, report, write and produce exclusive, impactful stories and investigative projects;
Research and write news stories and analysis;
Review copy for accuracy, clarity and libel;
Compile documentation to facilitate ease of fact checking;
Answers correspondence and inquiries from external stakeholders, including donors, journalists, and outside partners;
Gives external presentations about the department’s work;
Speak to the media as needed.
Education and Related Work Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or English required;
Minimum of 5 to 7 years of investigative journalism experience with demonstrated results;
Excellent research skills, including familiarity with public records and data-based reporting methods;
Breaking news experience preferred;
Strong communication skills; ability to conduct interviews and to write clearly, accurately and persuasively;
Proven ability to work independently, meet multiple deadlines and function under pressure;
Familiarity with and commitment to social justice issues and the SPLC’s mission;
Team player with entrepreneurial spirit and ability to collaborate effectively with staff members at all levels in fast-paced environment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong familiarity with AP style;
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
Commitment to the mission of the SPLC.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
About Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, we work toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.