Government accountability reporter
The Journal News/lohud is looking for a reporter to cover government accountability with a particular scrutiny on the ways in which civil rights intersect with misconduct on the part of police and public officials, immigration practices, parole and prison policies, gun reform and LGBTQ rights.
The government accountability reporter engages with members of underserved and marginalized communities to produce digital content that holds government and state and local agencies accountable.
If you value making journalism more diverse, equitable and inclusive and are passionate about flexing your reporting and writing muscles to help find new audiences through riveting storytelling, we should be your new home.
The ideal candidate will:
Pursue revelatory stories related to government accountability issues in communities in Westchester, Rockland.
Develop relationships with public officials, citizens, experts and others in order to provide unique insight into government accountability issues in our communities.
Give special focus to the impact of policing tactics on members of marginalized communities, relying on interviews with community members, records searches and discussions with experts.
Seek out and rely on public records, including databases, to hold governments and institutions accountable for when their actions fall short of their own goals and standards or cause harm in the community. Over the next 18 months, central to this reporters efforts will be pursuit of and analysis of 50-a police disciplinary documents working along with a team of other Gannett journalists, nonprofit partners and student journalists.
Act as a public ambassador through community outreach and connects with influencers and engaged readers through social media.
Provide thoughtful analysis of government accountability issues.
Work with investigative and storytelling editors and audience analysts to shape reporting and storytelling to meet audience needs and interests on every platform.
Help people in underserved communities share their knowledge and their lived experience.
Build strong relationships to learn what information these community members need/want to know.
Determine the best digital platforms and methods of presentation to inform underserved communities.
Consistently make use of solutions journalism principles to produce outstanding enterprise work that leads to positive change within these communities.
The job is based in White Plains, NY, but collaboration will be expected with our Hudson Valley and New York state teams on regional reporting around government accountability issues.
This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.