We are not currently accepting applications for this position.
ProPublica is looking for someone to oversee our expansion into visual investigations — that is journalism that uses video, images and audio as primary sources of information. We’ve already started using FOIA and social media to obtain evidence of wrongdoing and abuses of power. Here are some examples:
- We obtained this audio of children screaming after being separated from their parents at the border. President Donald Trump changed his policy days later.
- We used crowdsourced footage to identify neo-Nazis who participated in the Charlottesville, Virginia, rally and white supremacists who assaulted people at rallies across California. Several of those men have since been arrested.
- We obtained footage of police officers beating a handcuffed man in Elkhart, Indiana. A few weeks later, the police chief resigned.
Now, we want to do even more ambitious, impactful visual investigations.
So who exactly are we looking for to do it? We want someone who is obsessed with finding visual evidence and has a record of using it to make journalism.
You should be comfortable managing a small team that gathers visual evidence, analyzes it and turns it into a compelling video or visual story. You should be excited about overseeing a project from concept to publication and working across teams — from research, to graphics, to social media.
We don’t pretend to have all the answers. This is new for us, and you will be a key part of our team deciding what works best. And to be clear, we want someone who will do the investigations and not just manage them.
Here are a few things you’ll probably be doing, and we want to know if you have experience with them:
- Using FOIA and other public information laws to obtain videos, audio and photos.
- Verifying images and video from social media.
- Doing research and digging into data and information, following breadcrumbs that may lead to important information.
- Thinking creatively about how to follow a visual trail of evidence and using that to tell stories in whatever medium.
We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our own 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.
If all of this sounds exciting to you, use this form to apply.
The deadline for applications is Dec. 24.
This is a contract position that runs through December 2019. The job is full-time and include benefits. We are based in New York.