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San Francisco Chronicle
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Investigative Editor

The San Francisco Chronicle has an opening for an ambitious and resourceful editor to lead investigations, narrative storytelling and special projects across the newsroom. The editor will supervise a team of investigative journalists, while also shepherding deeply reported stories from writers in other departments including metro, business, sports and features. In addition, the editor will take the lead in planning out the production and publication of the most enterprising stories, including those edited by others. Ultimately, the goal of this editor is to provide readers meticulously reported, sharply written, inclusive stories on issues, people and news events affecting Northern California.

We are looking for a strong, positive communicator who can help journalists come up with ideas, work with them at every step of the reporting and writing process, make creative decisions about how stories should be presented, and partner with photographers, artists, designers and others to make stories captivate and resonate. A successful candidate will thrive in a collaborative environment and work hard to develop talent in the newsroom. The person will embrace multimedia tools, including video and podcasts, and be energized by the challenge of producing work, often on tight deadlines, that is revealing, exclusive and prompts change. Investigative reporting, editing and project management skills are a must, as is a deep commitment to journalism that is fair and reflects a diversity of viewpoints. 

What you will do: 

● Generate high-impact ideas that lead to stories of consequence, both short-term investigations and longer-term, project-level journalism.
● Supervise, edit and professionally develop a team of investigative reporters, while building fruitful relationships with journalists across the newsroom.
● Work collaboratively with other teams across the newsroom, including digital, photo and design, while pitching ideas for special projects, videos and podcasts.
 ● Coordinate the long-term planning of the most in-depth stories, managing calendars, timelines and workflows.
 ● Take a leadership role in the newsroom in developing investigative reporting skills and tools.
 ● Ensure that resources used on high-impact reporting reflect the diversity of experiences and needs in the Bay Area.

What it will take to be successful: 

● At least five years’ experience at a daily newspaper, magazine or web publication or the equivalent as an investigative reporter and/or editor.
● Demonstrated expertise in investigative reporting techniques, strong news judgment, creativity and meticulousness.
● Ability to edit long investigative and narrative pieces to make them more clear and compelling.
● Knowledge of multimedia storytelling, social media engagement and other strategies to broaden readership and deepen impact.
● Ability to collaborate with all newsroom teams and work in a fast-changing news environment. 

About The San Francisco Chronicle & SFChronicle.com: 

The San Francisco Chronicle is world-class journalism. With name-brand voices and a keen editorial eye, The Chronicle is an authority that still surprises. The Chronicle, one of the largest news organizations in the West, has been named California’s best large newsroom for four of the past five years. 

SFChronicle.com is home to the Bay Area’s best journalism and has been recognized as the best large newspaper website in California. It is the Bay Area’s authoritative online news source, focused on San Francisco but inclusive of all California and Western news that reflects the unique Bay Area experience. 

Join our team of world-class journalists. 


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