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ProPublica Illinois Is Hiring a Communications Manager

Our ideal candidate is someone with proven marketing savvy who is passionate about journalism that serves the public interest.

ProPublica Illinois is seeking a communications manager to help support the launch of our first regional publishing operations.

The communications manager will be responsible for outreach with media, community, and other partners within Illinois and nationally, helping to introduce, establish, and promote ProPublica Illinois as a brand consistent with our editorial mission and core values. On a day-to-day basis, the communications manager will be responsible for spearheading outreach surrounding our stories, working closely with the audience engagement team to identify and build relationships with key audiences.

This person will work closely with the New York-based director of marketing and director of public relations on a variety of other tasks, including helping to develop, execute, and promote a series of local events; drafting press releases and other posts on our website about our work; managing the development of accurate local and state press lists; responding to media requests; compiling media clips; and contributing to our annual and periodic reports to stakeholders.

Our ideal candidate is someone with proven marketing savvy who is passionate about journalism that serves the public interest. This role will report to the director of business development and work closely with the editor-in-chief of ProPublica Illinois.  


  • 3+ years experience in marketing and public relations, including at least some for a news organization

  • Superb written and verbal communication skills

  • Impeccable news judgment and experience vetting/verifying information on deadline

  • Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and environment

  • Strong team player with desire to collaborate with others

  • Strong organizational and time management skills

This full-time position will be based in our Chicago office, located in the Loop.

We also know that great candidates can bring skills to ProPublica that we haven’t thought of, and who won’t fit everything we’ve described above. If this is you, don’t hesitate to apply, and tell us what unique contributions you can offer. A strong track record will go far in our eyes.

You can apply using this form. Applications close on August 13, 2017.

ProPublica is dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. Therefore, we are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color and people with disabilities.

Have questions? Email [email protected].

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