We’re hiring an investigative reporting fellow

The Center has an exciting opportunity for a beginning journalist to learn the theory, skills and practice of evidence-based accountability reporting. A grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism has enabled us to establish our first Investigative Reporting Fellowship. The fellowship description follows — note the application deadline of Dec. 10, 2013.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is a nonprofit news service that specializes in investigative reporting about state and local government. It was established in 2009 by two veteran journalists to fill the gap created by the decline of in-depth journalism in Maine. Our stories have exposed fiscal waste, patronage, favoritism, slack public safety, poor ethics and judicial lapses and prompted numerous changes in state laws and regulations.
The Center’s stories are widely distributed, appearing in most of the state’s newspapers and their web sites and on the center’s own site, pinetreewatchdog.org.
The Center is seeking applications for its 2014 Reporting Fellowship. The Fellow will work with the Center’s staff to produce investigative and enterprise stories about Maine government and elections. One of the Center’s missions is to train beginning journalists in the methods and disciplines of evidence-based, independent investigative reporting.
The Center is based in the Maine State House in Augusta, one hour from vibrant Portland and one hour from the coast.
Preferred qualifications:
* Degree in journalism or related subject.
* One to two years professional experience.
* Demonstrated skills and interest in investigative reporting, including data reporting, document research and freedom of information filings.
* Ability to write for readers – “translating” complex material for a general readership.
* Multi-media skills
The Fellowship:
* Length: 10 months
* Period: February to November, 2014 (flexible)
* Stipend: $25,000
* Brief cover letter
* Resume
* Clips
* References
*Apply by Dec. 10
Send your application to John Christie, editor-in-chief, mainecenter@gmail.com. Feel free to call with any questions: 207-458-2023.

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