Investigative Climate Reporter

Posted On: November 8, 2023

Journalism Job

Media Organization: Proof News

Company Description

Proof is a nonprofit news organization led by Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin, launching in 2024. Proof is dedicated to pursuing data-driven, scientific investigations in the public interest. Proof is multiplatform, looking to infuse truthful, transparent, trustworthy information into the media ecosystem. We are committed to investigations that provide our audience with transparency into all the data, assumptions, and methodologies underlying our findings.

Proof is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, we ensure equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status, or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

Job Description

Proof is hiring a data-minded investigative reporter for a six-month contract to investigate the climate impacts of the Internet sector. The reporter will investigate data-driven answers to questions like, are Big Tech companies accurately counting their carbon emissions? Have carbon offsets really cut down on industry emissions? And, how do we quantify the energy costs of AI? The goal is not to explain different sides of policy questions, but to follow a scientific process for reaching defensible, transparent conclusions.

The journalist will be expected to produce three separate investigations and accompanying detailed methodologies. The reporter will work jointly with an editor to produce video scripts describing the investigative findings.
Your roles and qualifications:

Ideal candidates will have a minimum of three years experience investigative reporting. Background in covering climate and/or Big Tech preferred but not required. Candidates do not need to have had a formal role on an investigative team, but should be able to point to investigative and enterprising work experience.

Proficiency with and affinity for data and data analysis is crucial. Climate is a data-heavy topic and to be successful in this role requires a fearlessness and creativity about assembling and analyzing complex data sources. Familiarity with writing scripts and appearing on camera is also preferred but not required.
Contract details:

—Term: Six-month (January-June 2024), independent 1099 contract with specific deliverables.
—Compensation: $2,000 per week (based on an estimated 35-40 hours per week).
—Location: remote but available during United States EST working hours.

To Apply

To apply please email with a resume, cover letter containing a short statement about why you’re interested in the position, as well as 3-5 samples of previously published work.
Questions? Email
The deadline to submit an application is Dec. 8, 2023. We’re reviewing applications on a rolling basis.