We are looking for Chief Editor to lead RFE/RL’s newly created Russian Investigative Unit. You will be responsible for coordinating work of a new team covering complex original stories in Russia and about Russia, which go beyond regular reporting of events both in the short and long-term, dealing with everything from investigative pieces to special reports or unearthing breaking news. You will act as the leading investigative journalist of the Unit working on complex investigations while curating and supporting the investigations team, proving them direction and support. You will work closely with other Russian teams, including Radio Svoboda (Russian Service), Current Time TV, as well as the Tatar-Bashkir and North Caucasus Services. You will work together with the central newsroom, multimedia, digital teams, other language services and various departments as needed to create and deliver standout investigations and special reports for the audiences in Russia that are having the biggest impact and are relevant to the RFE/RL mission. You will lead the investigations of the Unit and encourage journalists and content producers to focus their stories, dig for facts and context, and work with a sense of urgency. Per guidance of the Regional Director you will coordinate and develop long-term stories, projects and reports that help direct the company’s extensive use of social media and growing use of video to further expand RFE/RL’s reach and impact. Under the direction of the regional director, you will take full line management responsibility for the operations of the Russian Investigative Unit within the allocated budget, you will set the Unit strategy and goals in support of RFE/RL's mission, and have ultimate editorial responsibility for the Unit’s investigative content and organization.
- Responsible for editorial content of the Unit. Initiates, develops, produces, and edits long-form investigations and special reports, as well as other products covering news and current affairs, to the highest editorial standards.
- Sets the Unit’s strategy and leads its biggest investigations.
- Leads hiring of best talent to the team, mentors and develops the team members.
- Supervises production of the Unit for editorial and visual accuracy, style and thoroughness of reporting.
- Exercises excellent news judgment.
- Works with the team to assign reporters and producers contributing to the Unit to review production progress and approve material for publication, ensuring staff meet all deadlines.
- Assigns journalist and multimedia production staff to investigative projects and special reports.
- Monitors and gives guidance on work in progress, and gives immediate, fair, and constructive feedback.
- Liaises with RFE/RL’s Russian teams, other departments and field bureaus to plan and execute investigations and special reports.
- Explores innovative angles for investigations coverage, ensuring relevance for the Russian audience and to serve as an example for best practice journalism.
- Provides feedback and training to junior or less experienced journalists to improve the quality of reporting.
- Presents coverage ideas, looks far ahead for future coverage opportunities.
- Coordinates planning with other teams, striving for efficiency in the use of journalistic resources and capacity.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
• Combination of education and investigative journalism experience
• Journalism or related field university degree
• 8+ years experience as an investigative journalist in a major news organization, and a track record of own investigations.
• History of successful projects under deadline pressure.
• Broad, thorough and detailed knowledge of political, economic, and social situations in Russia as well as international affairs
• Sound news judgment and leadership qualities in editorial tasks and sensitive situations.
• First-class investigative journalism skills and a history of multimedia investigative projects
• Proven ability to produce innovative, creative, cross-platform investigative journalism and storytelling that can be held up as examples of best-practice journalism.
• Ability to produce, report and write from a network of original sources, including short and long-form pieces.
• Consistently pitches original ideas resulting in viable suggestions for coverage and delivery.
• Familiarity with political, economic and social issues in Russia and neighboring countries as well as regional and international news events.
• Ability to manage assigned staff, proactively providing support.
• Taking responsibility for personal professional development both in terms of challenging assignments and with training.
• Contributing to maintaining a positive, collegial working environment.
• Good understanding of the challenges facing the Russian Investigative Unit and other RFE/RL’s Russian teams in Russia and contributes to the overall Russia strategic planning.
• Russian language, mandatory.
• English language (spoken and written), strongly desired.
Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.
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