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Investigative Journalist, Russian Investigative Unit, Riga

Open until best-qualified candidate is selected.

Please quote vacancy number: BRUIJ00-2201

We are looking Investigative Journalist to join RFE/RL’s newly created Russian Investigative Unit based in Riga. You will initiate, prepare, produce and deliver complex original stories in Russia and about Russia on multiple platforms. The stories covered by the Unit go beyond regular reporting of events and come both in the short and long form, dealing with everything from investigative pieces to special reports or unearthing breaking news. Along with other investigative journalists on the team, you will work on complex investigations staying true to RFE/RL mission, adhering to and striving to exceed RFE/RL content quality standards. You will work closely with other Russian teams, including Radio Svoboda (Russian Service), Current Time, as well as the Tatar-Bashkir and North Caucasus Services. You will work together with the central newsroom, multimedia, digital teams, other language services and various departments as needed to create and deliver standout investigations and special reports for the audiences in Russia that are having the biggest impact, using social media to further expand RFE/RL’s reach. 


  • Initiates, develops, produces, and edits long-form investigations and special reports, as well as other products covering news and current affairs, to the highest editorial standards. 
  • Explores innovative angles for investigations coverage, ensuring relevance for the Russian audience and to serve as an example for best practice journalism.  
  • Works both in the newsroom and in the field on investigative reporting assignments. 
  • Conducts interviews in the studio, by telephone, or in the field. When able to draw on specialist knowledge, be ready to be interviewed or provide expertise as required. 
  • Moderates, delivers live, blogs, records, contributes, inputs online, shoots photos and video as required, coordinates other staff, sound and camera crews as necessary. 
  • Researches material and, exercising editorial judgment, selects reliable information from a varied range of reputable sources. 
  • Exercises excellent news judgment.  
  • Keeps deadlines and strives to meet or exceed RFE/RL standards for the quality of the output. 
  • Adheres to RFE/RL editorial standards at all times and takes editorial responsibility for all own material. 
  • Actively participates in program feedback sessions. 
  • Is expected to regularly suggest viable coverage ideas and to contribute to program planning. 
  • Coordinates planning with other teams, striving for efficiency in the use of journalistic resources and capacity.  
  • Liaises with RFE/RL’s Russian language teams, other departments and field bureaus to plan and execute investigations and special reports. 
  • Expected to explore innovative angles for coverage, ensuring relevance for the audience and to serve as an example for best practice journalism. 
  • Takes part, as required, in programs by local media and develops contacts for both journalistic work and RFE/RL reputation. 
  • Liaises with RFE/RL’s Russian teams, other departments and field bureaus to plan and execute investigations and special reports. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 



• Combination of education and investigative journalism experience  

• Journalism or related field university degree  

Work Experience: 

• 5+ years experience as an investigative journalist in a major news organization, and a track record of own investigations.   

• History of successful projects under deadline pressure.   

• Broad, thorough and detailed knowledge of political, economic, and social situations in Russia as well as international affairs 


•        Excellent investigative journalism skills and a history of multimedia investigative projects 

•        Proven ability to produce innovative, creative, cross-platform investigative journalism and storytelling that can be held up as examples of best-practice journalism.   

•        Ability to produce, report and write from a network of original sources, including short and long-form pieces.   

•        Consistently pitches original ideas resulting in viable suggestions for coverage and delivery.   

•        Familiarity with political, economic and social issues in Russia and neighboring countries as well as regional and international news events.  

•        Contributing to maintaining a positive, collegial working environment.   

•        Good understanding of the challenges facing the Russian Investigative Unit and other RFE/RL’s Russian teams in Russia and contributes to the overall Russia strategic planning.   


•        Russian language, mandatory.   

•        English language, desirable.  

Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.

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