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Managing Editor

MLK50, Memphis, Tennessee

Date Posted July 09, 2020
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary $75,000 to $80,000


MLK50: Justice Through Journalism is hiring a managing editor to supervise news coverage for our small and scrappy digital newsroom. You’ll be the #2 on the editorial side, where you’ll manage the editorial calendar; develop and oversee publishing processes; assign and edit stories; write and edit newsletters and help manage our social media channels.

You will report to the executive editor and work closely with the senior editor and visuals director to supervise staff reporters and freelancers.

The successful candidate would be expected to live in Memphis or relocate. We will work with the employee to determine a moving schedule that incorporates the latest local public health advice and the employee's safety concerns. We are not considering long-term remote candidates.

The organization:

Founded in 2017, MLK50 is an ambitious nonprofit digital newsroom focused on poverty, power and policy. Our mission is to report on the intersection of poverty, power and policy, and to equip residents to pursue reform.

Since 2017, MLK50’s journalists have won several national and regional awards, including the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting. We believe in collaboration: We’ve partnered with national outlets such as ProPublica and The Marshall Project, and are leading the Memphis Media Collaborative, a group of four local news outlets.

We are fiscally sponsored by Community LIFT. Our core funders include the Surdna Foundation, the American Journalism Project and Racial Equity in Journalism at Borealis Philanthropy.

Job Responsibilities:

You’ll be a good fit if:

Compensation and Benefits:

Application Process:

To apply, please send the following to by 12 p.m. CT, Thursday, July 27:

We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

If you meet most of the qualifications but not every single one, apply anyway. We’re growing, so if you’re not right for this job, you might be right for the next one.

Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis, giving an advantage to early applicants.

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