As ProPublica, one of America’s most innovative newsrooms, launches its first regional operation in Chicago, we are looking for a senior editor to work with our editor-in-chief to create and run a successful online news site and to guide, edit and elevate top-notch, compelling investigations that spur change.
What you would do:
- Oversee a team of up to half a dozen reporters, each of whom is working on ambitious, important, complex stories.
- Collaborate across the ProPublica Illinois newsroom and with publishing partners on projects that can take a variety of forms, from newspaper-style take-outs to magazine, radio and TV pieces, often accompanied by groundbreaking interactive databases.
- Work alongside the editor-in-chief to build relationships outside the newsroom with audiences, publishing partners, funders and other stakeholders.
We’re looking for someone who has:
- A strong track record of delivering excellent, hard-hitting stories and investigations, ideally both as an editor and reporter.
- Experience working with data-intensive projects and with online storytelling, whether with interactives, text, visuals or other forms.
- The ability to bring new ideas, experiences, backgrounds and viewpoints to expand and elevate ProPublica’s coverage. A solid working knowledge of the issues facing Chicago and Illinois is a plus.
- A sense of fun and a willingness to take risks
- A demonstrated commitment to collegiality and collaboration.
Most importantly, though, we want to hire journalists who bring a diversity of experiences, talents and viewpoints to their work. So, if you don’t think you can check off every box on the list above but are confident you can contribute to our efforts, please don’t hesitate to apply.
What you should send us:
The most important part by far is your past work. Send us URLs to your best stuff. Let us know how your editing shaped and improved the stories you send. Don’t be shy — tell us what worked (numbers and evidence of impact welcome) and how you’d do it differently next time.
Editing is about far more than moving around words. Show us how you think. Lay out a project you think ProPublica Illinois should do and tell us how you would approach guiding that project. What might specific stories be? How should they be told? Be expansive: Are these narratives, hard news stories, immersive interactives, etc.?
ProPublica is dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. Therefore, ProPublica is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.
The deadline for applying is March 24.