Date Posted October 08, 2020
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Investigative
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


Updated 10/22: Application deadline is now November 8.

The Trace seeks a hands-on, collaborative, and imaginative editor to lead and support a team of our reporters as they develop high-impact stories.

This is an opportunity to join our growing nonprofit newsroom at a critical point in its evolution. As the only media organization dedicated to reporting on gun violence, we use the power of journalism to improve public understanding, increase accountability, and identify solutions that can lead to safer homes and communities for all. The story editor will assign and edit articles and projects spanning the range of topics that intersect with gun violence — firearm trafficking and gun law enforcement, police violence and prosecutorial abuses, economic disparities and trauma care access, city funding priorities and emerging interventions, and so on. 

Some of those stories will be co-published with partner organizations ranging from national magazines to local and neighborhood outlets in Chicago, Baltimore, and New Orleans, to name a few. (Articles by The Trace have appeared in 175 different outlets, so far.)

This position will run a small team of reporters, so candidates should have a track record of managing and motivating colleagues or a strong desire to move from reporting to editing. Prior work editing or reporting stories on racial justice, or about communities most affected by gun violence, is a plus. 

At The Trace, we are committed to producing journalism that is equitable and inclusive. We welcome applications from journalists of all experience levels and strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. 

We are looking for an editor with the talent and motivation to excel at the following responsibilities: 

The ideal candidate is:

We know that all of the attributes and interests listed here won’t apply to all candidates. If you think you’d be a great fit and have skills and qualifications we may have left out of this listing, we encourage you to submit an application and tell us why you’d thrive in the role. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone at The Trace is working from home until it makes sense to return to an office. Much of our staff is based in NYC, but this position can be based anywhere in the continental U.S. 

To apply

Please send your resume; four samples of your best work; and a memo (two pages, tops) sketching how you’d approach the job to

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, with a deadline of November 8.

The Trace offers competitive salaries and benefits, including no-premium health insurance for 2020. 

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