|Date Posted||June 23, 2022|
|Industry||Digital Media, Nonprofit|
Carolina Public Press, an award-winning nonprofit news organization devoted to investigative, in-depth and independent journalism for all of North Carolina, seeks an editor to lead newsroom operations and serve as a member of the organization's executive team.
We’re looking for someone who can seek out the best overlooked stories in North Carolina to provide high-quality, trustworthy in-depth and investigative journalism. We want someone who will think critically and creatively, seek innovative ways to tell single stories and series, and who can lead, coach and supervise a high-performing team of award-winning journalists.
The editor will work collaboratively and across departments to fulfill our vision to be North Carolina’s largest and most impactful wholly independent investigative nonprofit news organization. The editor will, in collaboration with the executive director, steer the strategic vision of the newsroom, both in overall direction and outputs that include long-form pieces, short news updates, in-depth enterprise and investigative series. Along with other members of the executive team, the editor will prioritize the organization’s core principles of reach, impact and sustainability in decision making. The editor reports directly to the executive director.
As the supervisor of newsroom staff, the ideal candidate will be an experienced and effective leader, supervisor and manager who can work with seasoned and emerging journalists, as well as teams of freelancers located across the state. The editor will also manage, participate and inspire collaborations at the local, state and national levels, and be able and willing to consider and track the impact of our journalism from the individual to policy levels.
Today, our journalism is freely delivered digitally through carolinapublicpress.org; content sharing partners at local, state and national levels; third-party aggregators; and daily/weekly email newsletters. We seek an experienced editor who can elevate these existing distribution channels to increase loyalty among current audiences and who can work collaboratively across departments to conceive, test and evaluate innovative news products and methods to reach additional audiences.
Founded in 2011, Carolina Public Press has earned its reputation as a highly respected, nonpartisan and wholly independent nonprofit news organization in North Carolina. We prioritize producing nonpartisan journalism on the public interest issues that others overlook and high-impact investigative reporting that holds those in power accountable. And while we cover all of North Carolina, we are working to be one solution to filling news gaps in areas threatened by news deserts, particularly in rural communities.
While the organization’s headquarters are in Asheville, N.C., the editor may live anywhere in the state. The Carolina Public Press team is largely remote, with staff members located across the state. You should expect to travel, both throughout North Carolina and nationally.
The best candidates for this position will have the following experience and attributes:
At least 5 years of professional editing experience, preferably with a journalism publication
Experience proactively setting, leading and executing a strategic vision for a wide range of coverage, along with the ability to distill complex public interest topics
Enthusiastic leader with proven supervisory and team management skills that encourage collaboration, trust, collegiality and innovation
Excellent writing and editing skills, with the ability to place issues within a statewide context
Solid news judgment and the ability to work independently under tight deadlines
A high level of curiosity about our home state, across multiple and diverse beats, interests, geographies and communities
Creative self-starter who is eager to explore effective ways of covering North Carolina issues and create high-impact multimedia storytelling
Understanding and prioritizing DEI principles, from hiring to sourcing to story selection
Excellent project management skills, including the ability to juggle multiple deadlines in collaboration with other departments, meet deliverable expectations, and prioritize and plan long-term projects and initiatives
Have excellent interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate respectfully and inclusively with colleagues, community partners and other stakeholders
Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop and produce journalism in a variety of styles and formats, framing stories through a lens of systems and solutions that hold the powerful to account and drives local, regional and statewide conversations
Lead the hiring process for a growing newsroom and freelance cohort, and provide confidence-boosting supervision for newsroom staff through effective communication, coaching and leadership
Direct all newsroom operations, including supervising and managing staff and freelancers; daily and long-term news plans; and budget oversight
Schedule, assign, and edit stories on daily, weekly and monthly schedule, and use and improve internal systems and structures to support story planning, publication, sharing, collaboration and impact tracking
Think proactively about future coverage, including emerging and potential projects, priorities and news needs in North Carolina
Work with the executive team to develop and improve ways to grow audiences and measure impact
Leverage, participate and help lead community engagement efforts to elevate story-telling, sourcing and news production
Manage website development and updates, in conjunction with web development and audience engagement leaders
Other duties as assigned
We recognize that you may be an excellent/ideal candidate even when your expertise may be different from what we’ve described or envisioned for this position. Everyone is different, and you do not have to satisfy all requirements to be considered for this job. Carolina Public Press is very interested in reflecting the communities we serve and encourages women, people of color, those living with disabilities, those from rural communities, and others from underrepresented communities in the traditional media to apply.
Along with the opportunity to do meaningful work with a team of experienced journalists, Carolina Public Press offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a 95% paid primary health care plan; access to additional coverage including life insurance and accident plans; generous vacation leave and paid holidays; and professional development opportunities. The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000, based on experience, education and potential.
To apply, you must submit your application via this form. Your cover letter should clearly state 1) how your experience and education will help you succeed in this role, 2) your understanding of Carolina Public Press’s mission and role in North Carolina, and 3) why you're interested in this position.
The editor may start immediately, though the position will remain open until filled.
If you need more information, you may either email your questions or you may book a 15-minute call with Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newsome. Contact her by email at email@example.com. Please note that emailed responses and phone calls are only for you to ask questions about the role; they will not be interviews for the position itself.