Managing Editor

Sahan Journal, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Date Posted November 25, 2019
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Other
Job Status Full-time
Salary 55,000 — 70,000


Sahan Journal is seeking a dynamic Managing Editor to lead its groundbreaking news reporting on Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities. The ideal candidate for the job is someone who possesses strong editing and digital skills, adept at reporting stories independently or as part of a team, and is forward-thinking and innovative.

Our new colleague will be passionate about telling compelling stories about immigrants and refugees that are designed to resonate with our audience. We are looking for an editor skilled at inspiring and training student and emerging journalists alike while engaging the public in our work.

The Managing Editor will edit and also report daily and enterprise news stories for our website,  The position includes assigning stories to reporters, working closely with our freelancers and commentary writers, and overseeing the day-to-day activities of the newsroom.

Successful candidates will have significant experience in hard news and investigative/data reporting, and the ability to write narrative nonfiction stories that use literary styles and techniques.

The Managing Editor will be based in Sahan Journal’s office at the Glen Nelson Center in downtown St. Paul. We’re a startup newsroom, and this role may require some weekend and evening work and a flexible schedule.

In just three months of operation, we’re growing fast to better fulfill our mission — to provide fair, groundbreaking news coverage that illuminates issues affecting Minnesota immigrants and refugees and to chronicle how these communities are changing and redefining what it means to be a Minnesotan.

The Managing Editor, Sahan Journal’s first full-time hire, will be a newsroom leader, reporting directly to Editor/Executive Director, who is responsible for the news and business operations.

Sahan Journal is the only independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) news organization dedicated to providing authentic news reporting for and about immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. Sahan’s journalism illuminates and amplifies the significant contribution of Minnesota’s immigrant to the state’s culture, economy, and public life. In the first months since the launch of Sahan on August 12th, 2019, our newsroom has produced original stories that no one else is covering. We reported stories specific to the immigrant experience that shed new light and create shared understanding. These stories are available to all of our readers for free.

We are looking for an experienced journalist who will report and write stories independently or as part of a team and will edit reports produced by staff, student interns and fellows, freelancers and collaborating news organizations. Some of the Managing Editor duties will include:

If you have just some of the skills listed below, or others we failed to list, please consider applying for this position. We are a small, nimble organization that makes best use of, and is dedicated to developing the skills of our staff.

We’re looking for some combination of the following:

High-priority skills:

Bonus skills:

Expected salary range: $55,000 — $70,000, commensurate with skills and experience. This is a full-time benefited position.

Deadline: The initial application window will be open until Dec.31, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

How to apply:

Send us a no more than 500 words cover letter, written in Google Doc. Share the Google Doc link with us in view mode. Do NOT send us an attachment. In the cover letter, please tell us why you’re qualified to lead our newsroom and why you want to join Sahan Journal. What are we missing in our coverage that you’d like to change or improve? What are some of the mistakes you made when covering people, cultures, religions that are different from your own? What did you learn from those mistakes? Tell us why you want to be part of our team.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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