Research Reporting Fellow, Local Reporting Network

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

We are expanding our Local Reporting Network and hiring a research reporting fellow.

We launched the network last year to support local journalism by covering the salaries of, and providing editorial support for, reporters doing investigative journalism at news organizations across the country.

In the first class of Local Reporting Network projects, we’ve covered everything from PTSD in first responders to West Virginia’s natural gas industry. Researchers have contributed to those stories, and even written some of their own. We’ve also added another set of partners this year, focusing on local government.

Now we’re adding an additional six slots to do ambitious investigative stories on the local level. And we’re hiring a research fellow to help us make that happen. This a one-year position.

So what will the role of a research fellow be? The fellow will work with our Local Reporting Network editors and researchers to help local journalists find the public records that will shape their story. No two Local Reporting Network stories are alike, but researchers may help reporters learn to use research tools, file FOIA requests or connect the dots between bits of information, depending on the project.

This fellowship is for somebody who has experience with or a strong enthusiasm for public records, databases such as LexisNexis and Pacer, and FOIA requests. The ideal candidate has a meticulous attention to detail, a passion for digging and strong reporting skills. The fellow will work closely with reporters and editors to help with ad hoc requests while also balancing longer term research projects.

We want to hire journalists who bring a diversity of experiences, talents and viewpoints to their work. So, if you don’t think you can check off every box on the list above but are confident you can contribute to our efforts, please don’t hesitate to apply. A background in journalism is not required for this position, but experience in local reporting can be a plus.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our staff.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

This is a yearlong position starting in July, with benefits, and you’ll be based in our Manhattan office. We are not considering remote applicants for this position. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

If all of this sounds exciting to you, apply using this form. The deadline for applications is Sunday, May 5.

Have questions? Email Katie.Zavadski@propublica.org. Katie is ProPublica’s research editor, and this position will be reporting to her. No phone calls, please.

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