Managing Editor of a new nonprofit local newsroom serving Los Angeles

Foundation for Los Angeles Journalism

Los Angeles County, California

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Date Posted July 14, 2022
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Local News
Telecommute? Yes
Job Status Full-time
Salary $79,000 minimum.

Description:

This posting is for a Managing Editor who will help build a new nonprofit newsroom for the residents of Los Angeles County. Although we don't yet have a publication name, this newsroom is fiscally sponsored by the Institute for Nonprofit News.

This job is for someone who is rooted in Los Angeles County, and has a vision for how they want to revise how we collectively ‘do the news.’ Our newsroom aims to fully include Angelenos routinely erased by local mainstream media in the making of “the news.” To do so, we will rely on your work to ensure our newsroom’s journalism is bulletproof, accessible, and timely. 

The best person for this job is an expert editor who is excited to experiment with producing news that isn’t bound by a legacy media revenue model. You are sensitive to how people use news and information in their daily lives, and want to lead our newsroom to create moving and resonant journalism produced in a way that meets people’s information needs.

The Managing Editor is a supervising employee who oversees reporters and freelance contributors. You must have no patience for news that is deferential to Official Sources, and you are willing and able to patiently coach journalists of different skill levels to get to the truth of the matter. It will help greatly if you already have a robust understanding of people and politics of greater Los Angeles. 

The person for this job is experienced with editing and managing content in multiple mediums, and organizing a moderately complicated workflow. Our newsroom aims to deliver journalistic findings in whatever media or forum is most relevant for the audience with the most to gain from our work, and you should be excited by publishing on multiple platforms and mediums. 

Bulletproof news copy is the foundation of this newsroom’s journalistic products. But the editor for this role questions whether a story is impactful if it’s read only by, or accessible only to, a select and unrepresentative few. 

The Managing Editor will hold great influence over structuring this newsroom’s workflow in its start-up period. Practically, you should expect to have eyes (and ears) on almost all of our public facing content like email, social, audio, and other presentations of journalistic findings. 

Ultimately, you’ll work closely with our Audience and Audio directors to ensure our journalistic efforts are sound, on schedule, and presented in an appropriate and resonant newsproduct.

What can you expect working here to be like?

  • This is a newsroom that derives its expertise, direction, and power from all employees, regardless of their level in the organization. It’s an organization led by people of color who have no tolerance for racism and other identity-based discrimination inside or outside the workplace. 

  • This is a start-up newsroom aiming to democratize news media in the largest and most exciting county in the country. There’s no ready-made template for how a digital news organization should attempt to meet the information needs of millions of linguistically, racially, and socioeconomically diverse people. It means we’ll have to be experimental, tenacious, and willing to go the extra mile (or three) to ensure all the i’s are dotted, and t’s crossed.   

  • In light of the stress and uncertainty of bootstrapping a new news organization into existence, prioritizing our employees’ health is a foundational value of this newsroom. This will be a humane and dignified work environment founded on peer support and coaching built into the newsroom’s daily operations. It also means newsroom employees are encouraged to make full use of employer-provided benefits, and paid time off. 

  • In the spirit of a humane and dignified workplace, this newsroom’s employees will have input on the organization’s budgeting, planning, and development processes. For this endeavor to succeed, it must be a team effort. 

  • You can expect to work mostly remote with occasional, but purposeful, in-person gatherings and meetings. Your remote work will be supported through a company provided home office stipend, company covered communications equipment, plus other company equipment required to complete job duties. We accommodate (and encourage) flexible and non-traditional work schedules.

  • This position requires that you be vaccinated against Covid-19 unless you need a reasonable accommodation for religion or a health-related need.

  • The minimum salary for this position as written is $79,000 annually.

What experience do you bring?

  • 7+ years working in news, and at least four years as a multi-platform editor.

  • You have a detailed understanding of Los Angeles County’s socio-cultural landscape, including how other news media report in that geography.

  • You’re thoughtful and current on the evolving crossover between news media and social media, particularly in Southern California.

  • You’re an expert at managing an editorial calendar and production schedule. 

  • You know how to ensure journalism is legally defensible.

  • You have a track record of successfully editing hard news and accountability reporting. 

  • You’re a capable digital producer in your own right, and know how to use a variety of tools to produce web, email, social media, and other platform-based digital content.  

  • Ideally you also have experience as a fact-checker and/or a copy-editor.

  • It will be an asset for our newsroom if you are proficient in a language other than English that’s spoken widely in Greater Los Angeles. 

How to apply:

Submitted as email PDF attachments

  1. A short cover letter that introduces yourself, and provides a few links to works you’ve helped edit in the past. For one of them please explain your contributions, and why you are especially proud of them.

  2. A resume.

Send hiring@lajournalism.org with the subject line “Managing Editor.”

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at JournalismJobs.com.