JOB OPENING: Consumer investigations reporter


The Chicago Sun-Times is a distinctly Chicago news organization, with a laser focus on impactful investigations, sports and politics — and on reporting stories that matter to the working people of Chicago. The news organization is seeking an investigative reporter with multimedia experience who can help Chicagoans protect their pocketbooks, illuminate readers about consumer issues that affect all of us and bring those stories to life on a variety of platforms.

Responsibilities

• Produce consumer-affairs investigations and consumer stories, with an eye toward understanding and solving the problems of everyday working women and men
• Identify stories that can be told not only using text, but visually and digitally through video and graphics. Coordinate with print and digital staffs to provide pictures, video and text
• Maintain an active social media presence to build the Sun-Times brand and drive website traffic
• Work with the Sun-Times audience engagement team to develop video, infographics and other interactive elements that engage both digital and print readers
• Be an ambassador of the Sun-Times brand, with a goal of discussing consumer stories with various business organizations and other media
• Other duties, including business and general-assignment reporting, as needed

Skills required

• Strong interviewing and writing skills
• Excellent editorial judgment and rock-solid journalistic ethics
• Proven ability to find and report compelling news stories using data-focused materials
• Creative multimedia storytelling ability that helps bring complex issues to life
• Ability to work collaboratively under pressure in fast-paced newsroom to meet deadlines
• Ability to cut through the many technicalities of business/consumer issues and give readers a clear picture of what’s going on

Requirements
• 5-10 years of news reporting experience, including investigations experience
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field
• Multimedia reporting experience preferred
• Willingness to work varied hours, if required by news coverage
• Highly self-motivated and self-directed

All candidates must submit three samples of work to provide evidence of the ability to excel in this position. Please send these clips or links to your work along with a resume and cover letter with “consumer investigations reporter” in the subject line to jobpostings@suntimes.com. (No phone calls, please.)

This is a non-exempt (union) position. Sun-Times Media Productions LLC does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, color, religion, age, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, citizenship or national origin, and military membership or veteran status, or on any other basis which would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law.