News & Investigations Editor

The Capital Times

Madison, Wisconsin

Date Posted January 26, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time

Description:

The Capital Times, an independent, 105-year-old news organization noted for aggressive journalism and progressive opinion, seeks a News & Investigations Editor who will shepherd and sharpen our journalism, drive accountability, investigative and enterprise journalism and be a hands-on coach and mentor for a talented and committed news reporting team.

This is a senior position in the newsroom that works with other editors and the publisher to carry out a strategic vision for Cap Times coverage, direct the news reporting staff and support our member and audience growth initiatives.

The News & Investigations Editor should have a wealth of experience with investigative and public affairs journalism and a knack for coaching reporters of various experience levels to produce compelling work that breaks news and empowers people in all corners of our community. This editor will help reporters identify public documents, databases and other resources to find and tell high-impact stories readers won’t find anywhere else.


Our home is Madison, Wis., a major university town, state capital and technology hub. A distinctive and livable city, it is renowned for its intellectual vibrancy, eclectic culture, natural and architectural beauty and its lakes.

Candidate profile

The ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Identify investigative and enterprising angles on daily news stories, and advocate for use of data and public records.
  • Help to shape and present stories, using a variety of storytelling formats, so that the impact is clear and compelling for readers. 
  • Prioritize and develop content that supports the Cap Times’ audience and membership growth efforts. This includes frequent consultations with the audience director and top editor to make a candid assessment of what is working and what is not, then make adjustments. 
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to the highest standards of journalistic ethics.
  • Help to evolve and enforce newsroom policies, procedures, workflows and deadlines.
  • Cultivate relationships in the community, including within historically marginalized communities.

 

Preferred skills and experience

  • Extensive experience as a journalist, preferably with a record of accomplishment as an assigning editor. 
  • Attention to detail and a fierce commitment to accuracy and fairness.
  • Top-notch planning, organizational and time management skills.
  • Understanding of metrics, social media and SEO.
  • Command of AP Style, media law and principles of ethical conduct.
  • Experience engaging with and serving a diverse audience.
  • Degree in journalism or relevant field.

About The Capital Times

The Capital Times, which is locally owned and operated, is business partners with the Wisconsin State Journal and Lee Enterprises. Editorial operations are entirely separate. We emphasize enterprise and accountability journalism. While we publish a tabloid on Wednesdays, we prioritize digital journalism. We are proud of our bold opinion voice, which operates separately.

Why join us?

We are, foremost, an organization with a long and proud history of aggressive local journalism. We offer an extensive benefit program that includes medical, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, company-provided life insurance and supplemental life insurance. In addition, we offer a 401K retirement plan with company match. We also offer generous paid time off. This includes paid parental leave for new parents. Our philanthropic arm, the Evjue Foundation, offers a generous scholarship program to Wisconsin’s public universities for children of employees. The Capital Times is an equal opportunity employer. We respect and celebrate diversity and are committed to an inclusive environment.

Pre-employment background and drug screenings apply.

The Capital Times is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are committed to maintaining a workforce that accurately reflects our audience and expands our voice. Women, people of color and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Please submit a resume, cover letter and clips to Editor Mark Treinen at mtreinen@captimes.com.

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