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Project Editor, Voting Rights Reporting

  • Requisition no: 503627
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: Graduate School of Journalism
  • Grade: Grade 13
  • Categories: General Administration
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary: 01/31/2021
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range:
 

Position Summary

The principal responsibility of the Project Editor will be to develop, oversee and participate in complex field and data investigative reporting by postgraduate fellows and other collaborators, to identify the project’s most promising leads. The Editor will be responsible for steering reporting and writing toward a successful conclusion – most likely in the form of a series of locally based reports, done in collaboration with professional news outlets, accompanied by rich digital and graphic content.

This is a full-time temporary position from fall 2019 until January 2021


Responsibilities

  • This grant-funded position is responsible for shaping and overseeing an ambitious investigative project to be carried out by a team of fellows of the Journalism School, directed under the supervision of Columbia Journalism Investigations editor Kristen Lombardi, with support from several school faculty members.

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    The project concerns voter rights and disenfranchisement in the United States. The work will be national in scope. The reporting will rely on the collection and analysis of data and documents and other investigative techniques to identify patterns and connect dots on this topic. The project requires an editor with substantial field and leadership experience, as well as knowledge of the American electoral system. The successful candidate will have completed to high standard more than one long-term, impactful investigative project. The successful candidate will also have a record of collaboration and management of reporters who are in the early stages of their careers.

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    The principal responsibility of the Project Editor will be to develop, oversee and participate in complex field and data investigative reporting by postgraduate fellows and other collaborators, to identify the project’s most promising leads. The Editor will be responsible for steering reporting and writing toward a successful conclusion – most likely in the form of a series of locally based reports, done in collaboration with professional news outlets, accompanied by rich digital and graphic content.

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    The Editor will be the frontline leader and coordinator of the project, capable of reporting in depth herself or himself while also supervising day-to-day field reporting by the fellows. The extent to which the Editor will join the reporting effort directly may vary over time, and is an issue to be discussed from time to time with the CJI editor. The Editor will be responsible for communicating regularly about the project with the CJI editor and several faculty advisors.

     

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    Provides day-to-day editorial direction to postgraduate and senior data fellows as they develop preliminary reporting and story outlines for the investigative project.

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    Conducts data and investigative reporting as part of a team effort.

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    Consults with faculty advisors and subject-matter experts to assess the most promising pathways for the project’s reporting.

  • Consults with faculty advisors and outside journalists to assess the most impactful pathways for publishing finished work.

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    Provides editorial direction for data mining, data analysis, and the review of public records to support the project’s reporting goals.

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    As reporting nears completion, edits written work and supervises the development of graphics, maps, timelines, data sets, videos, and other multi-media elements of a finished project, using the School’s resources or by developing partnerships with other media outlets.

  • This is a full-time temporary position from fall 2019 until January 2021. The exact start date will be negotiated at time of offer.

  • The successful candidate will work from the Journalism School, although travel may be required.

  • The incumbent will be paid in semi-monthly installments, over the duration of the appointment period, and will be eligible for Columbia University’s generous health-care and benefits package.

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    Performs other related duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

Education:       Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree desirable.

Experience:     A minimum of 4-6 years related experience.


Preferred Qualifications

Advanced investigative reporting and editing skills, including experience in publishing large, data-driven investigations; knowledge of electoral and voting rights issues and reporting; experience in data mining and presentation; and an understanding of successful publishing through digital and social media channels.

 

A keen ability to think critically and creatively about how to use data to get answers; extraordinary curiosity and desire to seek out the untold and hidden story.

 

Fundamental journalistic values and skills in the areas of media law, sourcing, ethics and data and investigative techniques.

 

A record of collaborative work demonstrating the ability to mentor and guide young journalists. 

 

An eagerness to pursue long-term investigative work about serious issues in the public interest, and an ability to overcome barriers and objections to difficult or controversial work.

 

An ability to collaborate with media partners, engaging them in the conception and development of coverage areas, stories and data sets.


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