Searchlight New Mexico has an opening for a talented and ambitious reporter who’s capable of writing deeply-sourced, investigative/enterprise stories about immigration and other issues throughout New Mexico and the Southwest. The reporter needs to be a self-starter who can work independently, develop sources, and ferret out stories that will generate impact. S/he is an excellent researcher who digs deep, incorporates fact-checking into every assignment, and is passionate about beautiful writing and narrative storytelling. S/he delivers her/his stories on time, juggles several projects at once, and loves entertaining and talking story ideas.
Searchlight is a small nonprofit investigative news organization based in Santa Fe, perhaps the most unique city in America. We publish one story a week – typically a long-form narrative on a subject that is not being addressed through deadline reporting by other media in the state. Our work is published by every news outlet in New Mexico, in addition to The Guardian, USA Today Network, Rolling Stone, Slate, The Trace, Indian Country Today, High Country News and others. In less than three years, we have achieved solid financial footing and are now in expansion mode. We have won major national awards and are ready to take it to the next level.
We’re looking for a reporter to help us get there – someone who knows how to useatabases to find trends and build on ideas – but doesn’t rely on numbers to tell the story. Rich details, great quotes, and a strong sense of storytelling are essential to every piece we publish. Excellent writing skills are a must. Every story goes through several drafts, so the reporter should enjoy the editing process. Spanish-speaking preferred.
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