About The Intercept:

The Intercept is an award-winning news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations and unflinching analysis focus on politics, war, surveillance, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media, and more. The Intercept gives its journalists the editorial freedom and legal support they need to expose corruption and injustice wherever they find it. 

The Position:

The Investigative Researcher will collaborate with a dynamic team of Intercept investigative journalists around the world to identify and pursue research and reporting strategies that hold the powerful to account. You’ll work with colleagues on short- and long-term projects, videos, and podcasts, and spend about 20% of your time working with Field of Vision to assist filmmakers in producing short and feature-length documentaries.


We’re looking for a candidate who brings together state-of-the-art research skills and strong editorial judgment to help us do groundbreaking, high-impact investigative journalism. In collaboration with reporters and editors, you should be able to think your way through the reporting process, anticipate what will be needed at every stage, and then help us find it. You’ll analyze and synthesize the information you uncover in ways that strengthen and sharpen our journalism.

The Investigative Researcher will formulate strategies for supporting both long-term investigative projects and daily breaking news coverage, and maintain awareness of emerging research trends across a range of subject areas, including national security and criminal justice. You’ll also be gifted at collaborating and sharing new approaches and best practices with colleagues across the newsroom.

As part of your application, please show us some of your best work and tell us how you did it. What was the thought process behind your inquiry, and what tools did you employ? Did you play a key part in obtaining hard-to-get data or documents? How do you think your work could improve The Intercept’s journalism?


  • 6+ years of news research or equivalent experience
  • Expert ability to search online information sources, including public records databases and social media
  • Proven track record of informing high-quality published journalism
  • Proven track record of finding people who don’t want to be found
  • Demonstrated proficiency in databases, including but not limited to Lexis-Nexis, PACER, and TLO.
  • Strong familiarity with government documents and domestic and international FOI laws
  • Demonstrated proficiency using open source intelligence, including but not limited to FEC data, IRS data, FARA, SOPR, and government contract databases
  • Familiarity with various state court and police records systems and regulations
  • Demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets
  • Expertise in cleaning and standardizing messy data sets
  • Awareness and knowledge of emerging web-based tools and social media platforms, and comfort learning new technologies and tools
  • Strong journalistic instincts and ability to distinguish newsworthy information from extraneous detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-moving, multi-project team environment
  • Comfort pitching new research methods and strategies using unconventional sources and collaborative approaches

This position is recognized as part of the Writer’s Guild of America, East, Inc., “Union."

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer​--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

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