Deputy Editor, Local

ProPublica is seeking an accomplished investigative editor to help oversee its growing local journalism initiatives.

ProPublica is expanding its local presence by adding offices in the South and the Southwest and augmenting its presence in the Midwest. This will be in addition to our joint initiative with The Texas Tribune and our Local Reporting Network. All told, our local initiatives will include 26 ProPublica reporters, 21 partner reporters and nine ProPublica editors. Our team also includes researchers, engagement and data reporters, audience and video staffers, designers, news application developers and more.

This senior-level editor will be involved in hiring, training, story selection, editing, second-editing and supervising the application process for the Local Reporting Network. The deputy editor, local will report to the managing editor/local.

What you would be doing:

  • Helping to hire and manage local reporters and editors.

  • Leading the selection of Local Reporting Network partners.

  • Designing and carrying out training sessions for our staff and our partners.

  • Coordinating between local partners and ProPublica researchers, data visualization reporters, engagement reporters, audience and video staffers, and story producers.

  • Working with editors and reporters on story selection, overcoming reporting hurdles and editing.

  • Serving as a champion for local accountability journalism.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Has a passion for and experience with local journalism.

  • Has a track record as an editor of landing revelatory stories about abuses of power.

  • Can juggle many different responsibilities, meet deadlines and handle pressure while remaining calm.

  • Has exceptional organizational skills.

  • Is a leader who works just as easily with reporters and editors as with staffers throughout the newsroom. We’re a collaborative news organization. We want the same for this new team.

  • Can adroitly handle fast-breaking stories, monthslong reporting projects and exquisitely written narratives.

What you should send us:

  • The most important part by far is your past work. Send us links to your best stuff. Let us know how your editing shaped and improved the stories. 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.

  • Your thoughts on local or regional projects you think ProPublica should do. What kind of stories grab your attention? How should they be told? Be expansive: Are these more effective as narratives, hard news stories, immersive interactives, etc.?

  • Your resume.

We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our staff.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

If all of this sounds exciting to you, you can apply using this form. The deadline for applications is midnight Pacific time on Friday, Oct. 30.

This job is full time and includes benefits. We’d prefer for this job to be based in New York, but we are willing to consider strong remote candidates. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. Questions? Send them to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

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