|Date Posted||November 09, 2022|
|Required Education||Bachelor's Degree|
Join States Newsroom as National Editor and support a portfolio of newsrooms that connect people to the state policies that shape their daily lives.
Minimum salary: $95,000
Where you’ll be located: Chapel Hill, NC, Washington, DC, if you prefer in-person; or wherever in the U.S. you work best
Who you’ll report to: Deputy Director
WHO WE ARE
States Newsroom, a growing nonprofit news network, is seeking a National Editor to help oversee a group of hard-hitting, award-winning news sites. In too many state capitals, stories go underreported or unreported. We are changing that, by increasing coverage in these places and sharing all of our reporting with readers and other news organizations for free.
If you have experience as an editor, are knowledgeable and passionate about state government, and you’ve always wanted to support state capital coverage in multiple states, this is the job for you.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
As National Editor you will work closely with States Newsroom’s management and editorial team to maintain editorial standards, coverage consistency, and commentary breadth at affiliated outlets. You will supervise and support state editors in their work as team leaders and mentors to their reporters. You will provide direct editorial and editing support to state outlets as needed and work closely with other national editors to improve and sustain the States Newsroom network. You may also advise state editors on national or cross-outlet projects, specific outlet improvement plans, and best editing practices.
As supervisor to a group of 8 to 10 state editors, you will be responsible for holding weekly (at least) virtual check-ins with your assigned state editors to ensure standards are met, communicate about analytics and audience strategies, and facilitate improvements in their newsrooms. You will also conduct annual performance reviews of editors and their outlets.
You will participate in regular in-person meetings of all States Newsroom editors, usually in Washington, DC, and more infrequent gatherings of the national editorial team and regional staff. Some travel to state outlets and our offices in Washington D.C. and Chapel Hill, NC will also be required.
WHO YOU ARE
This position requires a college degree, extensive reporting and editing experience, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. We are looking for the proven ability to manage newsrooms and complex reporting projects. Flexibility, a love for news, and an entrepreneurial spirit are essential qualities.
This full-time staff position can be based in the Midwest or elsewhere if you are willing to work a schedule that corresponds with the workday in Central or Mountain time zones.
Authorization to work in the United States is required. All States Newsroom employees are required to be fully vaccinated within 30 days of hire.
WHAT WE OFFER
Our generous benefits package includes:
- Premium-free platinum healthcare for employees and their families (i.e., nothing comes out of your paycheck!)
- 4 weeks of vacation per year
- 2 weeks of personal leave per year
- 20 hours of paid volunteer time per year
- 7 holidays and 4 floating holidays
- $75 monthly cell phone reimbursement
- $200 cell phone replacement benefit every two years
- $75 monthly fitness benefit
- 401K with up to 3% match
- 12 weeks of parental leave
- Full-service EAP
New laptop and any necessary equipment will be provided by States Newsroom.
States Newsroom is dedicated to producing journalism at all levels — from quick hit to investigative — but not at the expense of burning out its employees. We are supportive, exciting, welcoming and positive. We believe in creating sustainable careers for journalists on the crucial state government beat, and for the staff who support them.
States Newsroom’s mission is to connect people to the power that shapes their daily lives through relentless reporting and incisive commentary on state government and policy. Journalism is a powerful force for social change, uniquely suited to challenging systemic inequality and racism. Our goal is to build an organization that fulfills that mission.
The 150-plus people who make up States Newsroom include many from historically marginalized backgrounds, but our organization needs to improve in terms of racial diversity. We are always working to better represent our communities and are supported in these efforts by a network-wide Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committee and our Equity, Inclusion & Strategic Initiatives Director.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.