Rolling Stone: Senior Researcher

Penske Media Corporation, Washington, DC USA

Content is the cornerstone to all we do, and our audience is why we do it.

Salary: Base + Benefits + 401-k

Duration: Full-Time

Rolling Stone: Senior Researcher

Rolling Stone, the leading voice of popular culture for more than 50 years, is adding a senior researcher to our news operation — someone who can unearth exclusive information about the biggest pop culture, technology, true crime, national security, and political stories of the day.

Join our fun, fast-paced, talented team as a senior researcher. The ideal candidate should have the proven ability to obtain on deadline and find the most important information in public documents—from campaign records to financial transactions to federal, state, and local court filings. This candidate should be able to report sensitively and smartly on stories of interest to diverse communities, and have experience with technical-based reporting. The candidate must have the proven ability to deliver scoops and respond to fast-moving events quickly. Finally, the senior researcher will have the opportunity to write their own stories, as well.


  • Identify and verify the identity of sources, using a variety of methods.
  • Interpret legal documents, scientific studies, financial paperwork, and other public records.
  • Unearth previously-unreported information in those documents.
  • Help colleagues learn best practices in technical reporting, open social intelligence, operational security, and more.
  • Brainstorm ideas and share tips for pop culture, politics, true crime, technology, and national security stories.


  • 5-10 years of experience in journalism or another research-intensive fields
  • The ability to juggle several projects at the same time and keep a cool head under pressure
  • A track record of delivering exclusive and high-quality material on deadline
  • A proven ability to dig through court records, financial filings, and other documents
  • Familiarity with digital news gathering tools
  • A commitment to collaborating with colleagues at every level of the organization

We believe our newsroom should represent the communities we cover and our readership.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

It’s all About You…

At PMC, your wellness is top of mind. We offer a comprehensive benefits package to nurture you and your loved ones, including pets! Our package includes Healthcare (medical, dental, and vision) HSA with an employer contribution, FSA (Healthcare, Dependent Care & Commuter), EAP, Life Insurance, 401K with an employer match, Paid Parental Leave, Long-term Disability, generous Paid Time off (PTO), Pet Insurance, and Home & Auto insurance. Our Wellness initiatives rotate yoga, meditation, wellness weeks on a variety of topics, and financial wellness. We continuously elevate our offerings with more, for you.

About Rolling Stone:

Rolling Stone, the number one brand in music publishing, has been the leading voice of music and popular culture for 50 years. The multi-media brand features the latest in music reviews, in-depth interviews, hard-hitting political commentary and award-winning journalism across many platforms including magazine, digital, mobile, social and event marketing. Rolling Stone provides “all the news that fits” to a global audience of approximately 60 million people every month and publishes over 100 pieces of content every day.

About PMC:

PMC is a leading independent global media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a passionate monthly audience of more than 310 million. Since 2004, Penske Media has been a pioneer in digital media and a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens across its ever-growing constellation of iconic brands, which includes Deadline, Variety, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, VIBE, WWD, SHE Media, Robb Report, Sportico, TVLine, BGR, ARTnews, Art in America, Fairchild Media, and, among many others. PMC’s journalists and content creators deliver daily the most comprehensive news and information in their industries and areas of coverage, unequaled in ambition, depth and courage. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 14 countries worldwide, PMC believes companies should not only be profitable but also forces for good. To learn more about PMC, our 2% Foundation, and our portfolio of brands, please visit

About Penske Media Corporation

Penske Media Corporation (PMC) is a leading digital media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a monthly audience of more than 260 million a month and reaches users in more than 175 countries as well as a collective 390 million social media followers. The company houses a constellation of globally prominent and legendary brands, including Variety, Rolling Stone,, WWD, Robb Report, SHE Media, BGR, IndieWire, Beauty Inc, Sourcing Journal, TVLine, FN, BlogHer, HollywoodLife, Gold Derby, and SPY. PMC delivers exceptional content to consumers, business leaders and organizations around the world across multiple platforms: digital, mobile, social, print, video, broadcast, and dynamic live events. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 11 countries worldwide, Penske Media is the way global leaders and influencers are informed, connected, and inspired.

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