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Investigative Journalist / Research Assistant for Hyper-Local Topics (Chicago)

compensation: Per topic. Based on experience.
employment type: contract
job title: Investigative Journalists / Research Assistant
**Positions Available:**

1. **Investigative Journalist** – This role requires an experienced journalist capable of both researching and writing compelling articles about local business developments, with a focus on the food industry. Ideal candidates will have a knack for storytelling and a proven track record in journalism.

2. **Journalistic Research Assistant** – This role is perfect for those who excel in information gathering. Your main duty will be to travel to popular retail or restaurant areas to spot signs of business changes, primarily openings, closing or other major changes to business models. You will also be responsible for contacting business management, staff, or PR representatives to gather detailed descriptions and quotes.

**Job Responsibilities:**

- Investigate potential stories about local business openings and closings.
- Collect, verify, and analyze data from multiple sources.
- (For Investigative Journalists) Write detailed, accurate, and engaging articles.
- (For Journalistic Research Assistant) Provide thorough reports, quotes, and data to other staff for article development.
- Maintain high ethical standards in reporting and protect the confidentiality of sources.

**Qualifications:**

- Excellent communication and research skills.
- Ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines.
- Experience in journalism or a related field preferred (especially for Investigative Journalist role).
- Familiarity with the Chicago area and its various neighborhoods.
- Reliable transportation for on-site research.

**How to Apply:**

Please send your resume, a brief cover letter explaining why you’re the perfect fit for this position, and (for Investigative Journalist applicants) two writing samples. Indicate which position you’re applying for at the top of your message

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**We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.** We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

This is a freelance position. Freelancers are not employees of our company and are responsible for their own taxes and insurance.

Join us in bringing local journalism back to life, one story at a time. Apply today!

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post id: 7747597420

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