Sports Investigative Reporter

Washington, DC
Oct 16, 2020
Nov 02, 2020
Full Time
Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

The Washington Post is seeking an investigative reporter to bolster its sports coverage.

We are searching for an experienced, motivated reporter who has a relentless curiosity about the forces that shape the sports world and a drive to illuminate them and hold them to account.

We're looking for someone who has proven experience breaking stories, cultivating sources and obtaining documents, including through state and federal open records laws. Using the latest reporting techniques and technology, the candidate should be able to process legal and technical documents, synthesize complex reporting and write in a clear, engaging way.

The ideal candidate will be able to juggle long-term investigations with quick-turnaround news stories, and to pivot quickly toward developments that warrant deeper exploration. This person should have a record of using the tools of investigative reporting to craft narrative journalism that is revealing and engrossing.

This position requires a strong work ethic and sense of urgency, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and the desire to produce the kind of work our competitors must chase.

The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of accountability journalism. A deep knowledge of sports institutions and hierarchies, while beneficial, is not a requirement.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom. Once we resume normal operations, the position will not be eligible for remote work.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

Those interested should upload a cover letter, resume and three examples of outstanding coverage (as PDFs) to our job portal by Oct. 30. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field. The cover letter should be addressed to Sports Editor Matt Vita, Deputy Sports Editor Matt Rennie, Sports Investigations Editor Joe Tone, and Managing Editors Tracy Grant and Krissah Thompson.

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