Investigations Editor

Gannett Co. Inc. Milwaukee , WI 53201

Posted 2 months ago

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched local-to-national reach, Gannett touches the lives of more than 110 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Gannett brands include USA TODAY NETWORK with the iconic USA TODAY and more than 100 local media brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal and SweetIQ, and U.K. media company Newsquest. To connect with us, visit

Investigations Editor

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking an experienced Investigations Editor to lead its award-winning watchdog team.

This person will oversee an outstanding team of highly-motivated and skilled investigative reporters squarely focused on identifying and exposing inefficiency, corruption, injustice and abuse of power or authority. Our reporters search for best practices and better ways. We bring problems to light so citizens can remain in charge of their government. We expect all staff members to be on the lookout for stories and frequently pair them with our investigative team to elevate and accelerate the stories.

As a result, our investigations often have national scope and impact. In recent years, our team has had major impact, for example, by exposing how sloppy newborn screening practices across the nation have led to unnecessary infant deaths and disabilities; how tourists were being drugged, raped and even killed at all-inclusive Mexican resorts; how the ATF targeted people with mental disabilities in ineffective drug and firearms sting operations; how pharmaceutical companies marketed OxyContin and other powerful opioids as non-addictive with deceptive marketing campaigns that included payments to major universities.

The charge for the team is to be an active part of the newsroom, regularly breaking stories. This means being attached to a coverage area to mine for tips and ideas, but also being flexible enough to follow the best stories and to tell them using every available digital tool.

This requires an experienced editor who knows how to work well with reporters -- cultivating and vetting ideas, troubleshooting problems, structuring stories and polishing final copy and other teams across the newsroom, particularly those involved in digital presentation.

The successful candidate will be as comfortable overseeing shoe-leather reporting efforts as investigations based on deep data dives. She or he must have a sharp nose for a story and a dogged approach to obtaining records and pursuing tips. The successful candidate will be able to orchestrate a balance of quick-turn investigations and longer-range pieces from the team, and work with beat reporters across the USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms in the state to identify and develop accountability stories. He or she will work with the national network to help amplify our projects or, as appropriate, form regional and national teams to work on important national stories.

In short, we are looking for a collaborative, highly-skilled coach who will work tirelessly to develop our journalists and elevate their work to the best it can be. (And, of course, to contribute to an upbeat culture that is fueled by a supportive atmosphere, free coffee and, sometimes, candy at meetings)

The position reports to Greg Borowski, Deputy Editor/News, projects and investigations.


  • Lead a team of reporters and collaborate with others across the newsroom to identify and execute powerful investigative journalism.

  • Drive innovative storytelling in all formats, from written word to video, audio and graphics.

  • Conceptualize stories, work with reporters to develop reporting plans and edit their work into a polished and engaging final form.

  • Collaborate with other investigative editors across the USA TODAY Network on best practices and multisite projects.

  • Edits projects and complex stories, as well as daily stories and follow-ups from team members.

  • Guides journalists by consultation and coaching before, during and after the creation of content.

  • Participates in community-connection discussions to advocate for audiences.

  • Identifies and address training needs of individuals and groups.

  • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.

  • Performs other duties as necessary.


  • Bachelor's or master's degree in Communications, Journalism, or related field preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience in managing or coaching a reporting team, or as a reporter who has functioned as a "project manager" on high-level large-scale efforts.

  • Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.

  • Proven ability to lead teams and push journalists to do their best work.

  • A fine-tuned sense of right and wrong and a keen understanding of how to make complex stories relatable.

  • A deep understanding of how to use records and data to answer questions.

  • Organizational ability to manage multiple projects and juggle short-term and long-term reporting efforts.

  • Ability to digest large amounts of information, "see the story," and help reporters execute with urgency.

  • Excellent story-telling skills.

  • Knowledge of libel law, open records law, data reporting and digital publishing.

  • Experience with advanced storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.

  • Experience editing and shaping watchdog and investigative journalism.

  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills.

  • Understanding use of metrics, social-media and SEO knowledge.

  • Self-motivation and self-direction.

  • Strong grasp of journalism skills (reporting and editing) and advanced knowledge of writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style.

  • Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the company's goals.

  • News often requires employees to work extended hours, evenings, weekends and holidays, sometimes unexpectedly.

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don't limit your upload to a resume; show us what you've done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

  • Your resume one to two pages.

  • A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.

  • Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you've produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.

All applications must be received no later than April 1, 2019 to be considered for this position.


Here's what we have to offer:

We offer a competitive base salary and career growth opportunities. We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k) is topnotch and the contributions you make, up to the first 5% are eligible for a 100% Company match!

Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status.

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  • Job FamilyNews

  • Job FunctionConsumer

  • Pay TypeSalary

  • Required EducationEquivalent Experience

  • 333 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53203, USA

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