The Intercept is an award-winning news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations and unflinching analysis focus on politics, war, surveillance, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media, and more. The Intercept gives its journalists the editorial freedom and legal support they need to expose corruption and injustice wherever they find it.
The Investigative Researcher will collaborate with a dynamic team of Intercept investigative journalists around the world to identify and pursue research and reporting strategies that hold the powerful to account. You’ll work with colleagues on short- and long-term projects, videos, and podcasts, and spend about 20% of your time working with Field of Vision to assist filmmakers in producing short and feature-length documentaries.
We’re looking for a candidate who brings together state-of-the-art research skills and strong editorial judgment to help us do groundbreaking, high-impact investigative journalism. In collaboration with reporters and editors, you should be able to think your way through the reporting process, anticipate what will be needed at every stage, and then help us find it. You’ll analyze and synthesize the information you uncover in ways that strengthen and sharpen our journalism.
The Investigative Researcher will formulate strategies for supporting both long-term investigative projects and daily breaking news coverage, and maintain awareness of emerging research trends across a range of subject areas, including national security and criminal justice. You’ll also be gifted at collaborating and sharing new approaches and best practices with colleagues across the newsroom.
As part of your application, please show us some of your best work and tell us how you did it. What was the thought process behind your inquiry, and what tools did you employ? Did you play a key part in obtaining hard-to-get data or documents? How do you think your work could improve The Intercept’s journalism?
6+ years of news research or equivalent experience
Expert ability to search online information sources, including public records databases and social media
Proven track record of informing high-quality published journalism
Proven track record of finding people who don’t want to be found
Demonstrated proficiency in databases, including but not limited to Lexis-Nexis, PACER, and TLO.
Strong familiarity with government documents and domestic and international FOI laws
Demonstrated proficiency using open source intelligence, including but not limited to FEC data, IRS data, FARA, SOPR, and government contract databases
Familiarity with various state court and police records systems and regulations
Demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets
Expertise in cleaning and standardizing messy data sets
Awareness and knowledge of emerging web-based tools and social media platforms, and comfort learning new technologies and tools
Strong journalistic instincts and ability to distinguish newsworthy information from extraneous detail
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to work effectively in a fast-moving, multi-project team environment
Comfort pitching new research methods and strategies using unconventional sources and collaborative approaches
This position is recognized as part of the Writer’s Guild of America, East, Inc., “Union."
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer?--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.
About First Look Media
About First Look Media
First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices, from fearless investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking to smart, provocative entertainment. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media was created with the belief that independent perspectives are vital to both a vibrant culture and a thriving democracy.
First Look Media is currently in the market with its flagship properties, The Intercept, Topic, The Nib and Field of Vision, and plans to continue expanding its mission of supporting independent voices via a variety of new brands, formats and platforms as well as through foundational technology helping creators and audiences develop, distribute, discover and connect with meaningful stories.