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New head honcho for ABC Investigative Journalism - a skill the ABC temporarily warehoused during the Gillard search warrant et al

Remember the ABC's determination not to report on the Victoria Police search warrant naming Gillard?

Investigative journalism is expensive.

Most Australians have the Twitter-inspired attention span of a gnat.  So long form investigative reports tend not to sell well in the commercial world.

That makes this new ABC Mandarin very powerful.  He or she will choose who and what gets the investigative blowtorch.  And who doesn't.

By design, the person in this job will be wholly unaccountable to us for the way he or she will spend our money.

The ABC can choose to investigate who or whatever it wants to investigate.

And because it gets its money as a result of how well it pleases governments there will always be a temptation to "assist" the side which pays best.

Here's the job:

Job Details

Head Investigative & In-depth Journalism

  • Be a part of Australia's independent national broadcaster
  • Convenient CBD location in the heart of Ultimo (near Central Station)
  • News Leadership role - salary commensurate with experience

About the ABC

The ABC is the nation's most trusted and independent source of Australian conversations, culture, and stories. With over 4,000 employees from diverse backgrounds, located across over 50 locations around Australia and overseas, we are proud to create, curate and deliver high-quality programming that informs, educates and entertains Australian communities.

Come and join ABC News, the most respected name in news and current affairs and the nation's leading independent news service on television, radio, digital and social media. Our flagship brands and services include 7.30Four CornersAustralian StoryAM, PM, Lateline, Foreign Correspondent, ABC News on digital and social media and ABC news channels on radio and television. 

ABC News is committed to career development: we look for potential and we invest in our people to be leaders in their fields. We believe in flexible approaches to working and in building diverse and collaborative teams.

About the Role

Are you committed to the rich tradition of ABC News, reaching new audiences with reporting of the highest quality? This is an excellent and unique leadership opportunity for a passionate and skilled editorial leader to set the tone and agenda for the ABC’s investigative and long-form teams.

As Head Investigative & In-depth Journalism, you will play a key and strategic role leading our talented team of specialists to deliver outstanding, distinctive and in-depth content to audiences across all platforms. Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Building on the ABC’s position as an industry leader in investigative and in-depth journalism, ensuring newsgathering and story treatment for TV, radio and digital audiences is agenda-setting and impactful.
  • Setting the highest standards for production quality and storytelling craft across video, audio and text
  • Leading a culture of agility and innovation, constantly exploring new ways to tell and deliver outstanding stories.
  • Actively using audience data and insights, and evolving technology and production trends, to adapt newsgathering and delivery formats as needed.
  • Driving collaboration across programs and other ABC teams.
  • Providing direction and leadership to staff through regular editorial discussions, mentoring, coaching and effective performance management. 
  • Actively contributing to the development of News strategy and key strategic projects.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will have outstanding editorial and programming leadership skills, as well as the ability to lead and motivate diverse teams in a positive and supportive manner.

We would love to hear from you if you have:

  • Proven track record in leading investigative projects or leading journalistic teams that impact the national agenda
  • Proven experience at a senior level in radio, television and digital news and current affairs reporting, production, programming and editorial management
  • Incisive judgement on matters of great editorial sensitivity and complexity, and the ability to prioritise and interpret the key stories of the moment.
  • Proven track record in inspiring and delivering outstanding editorial storytelling across broadcast and digital platforms.
  • Strong personal drive and aptitude to mobilise others and lead change in a complex media environment.
  • Demonstrated track record of principled leadership and ethical decision making designed to get the best out of teams and individuals.
  • Extensive networks and relationships within the media industry.

For an overview of the role, please refer to the position description: Download File Head Investigative In-Depth Journalism_EL3.pdf

For further information contact Jodi Fleming on (02) 8333 3095.

Recruitment Agency applications will not be accepted.

Through its services the ABC seeks to represent, connect and engage with all of the Australian community. In line with our focus on diversity, applications are strongly encouraged from Indigenous Australians, people from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with disabilities and a gender-balanced workforce.

Job no: 498020
Work type: Ongoing Full Time
Location: Sydney - ALL
Categories: Executive/Management, Journalism/Editorial, Production/Content, Projects, Strategy & Planning
Advertised: AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time