Investigative Editor - IndyStar

Indianapolis, IN, USA Req #12400
Thursday, November 19, 2020
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The IndyStar is looking for an editor to lead its talented investigative reporting team. At IndyStar, high-impact stories that lead to revolutionary changes, that shock readers into action, and that help communities seek solutions is how we measure the success of our investigative reporting.

Investigations about our local and surrounding communities are a top priority but we are also the largest news organization in the state, so we think and act like a statewide and national news organization as we should being part of USA Today Network.

That's evidenced by IndyStar's history with significant and life-changing investigations. Just this year, the investigative team won an Editor & Publisher top honor for "Careless," a probe into the state's nursing homes. It produced a strong project on how police dogs in Indianapolis bite more people than police dogs in any other major city in the nation and of course there's the recent look at the team's work on the Netflix documentary "Athlete A," which focused on the culture of sexual abuse that impacted dozens and dozens of young female athletes within USA Gymnastics. And that's just to name a few recent projects.

While this work is critically important, our next investigative editor must not just see getting projects like this to the finish line as their only barometer for success. This editor must place a high value on brainstorming and questioning and developing ideas and our reporters and must see coaching and helping others as the primary focus of this job.

We also want an editor who can not only land the big stories, but who also sees the importance in this team writing and producing short-term and quicker hit watchdog and investigative stories.
This editor must also understand analytics and what drives readers and audiences to support this very important work. They must also think about all the different aspects of good investigations: from photography to video to podcasts if it fits the project at the very beginning of the process.

Application Instructions:  We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, on't limit yourself to a resume; show us what you've done. Please upload a single document with as much of the following as possible: a brief cover letter explaining your interest and fit for the position, your updated resume, and portfolio/clips/links to a few samples of your work. It’s important that your materials be combined into a single document (preferably in PDF format). The application will only allow one document upload. Completing these steps will ensure that you receive the highest consideration. 

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  • Job Family Content Strategy & Coaching
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA