Senior Editor, ProPublica-Texas Tribune Initiative

ProPublica and The Texas Tribune are creating a joint investigative unit based in Austin to cover important accountability stories throughout Texas. And we’re looking for a senior editor to lead it.

The editor will have the responsibility to guide, edit and elevate the work of five reporters who will work for the unit and to ultimately create compelling investigations that spur change.

The editor will be an employee of ProPublica but will work with editors and staffers at both news organizations. The job is based in the Tribune newsroom in Austin.

What you would be doing:

  • Helping to hire and then overseeing five Texas-based investigative reporters.
  • Coordinating with a team in Austin and New York that includes a researcher, data visualization reporter, engagement reporter and story producers.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Has a track record — as either an editor or reporter — of landing revelatory stories about abuses of power.
  • Aches to tell stories that are both important and powerfully told.
  • Is truly excited about all the possible ways we can do journalism nowadays: from deep data-digging to working with readers to marrying narrative and investigative forms.
  • Really likes working with others. ProPublica and the Tribune are both collaborative news organizations. We want the same for this new team, which will combine the strengths of two great newsrooms.

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.

ProPublica is dedicated to improving its newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. Here is a breakdown of the ProPublica staff. The Tribune shares this goal – its staff breakdown is here.

We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And here are some steps ProPublica is taking 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.

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.
  • A description of any experience you’ve had with collaborations between newsrooms.
  • Your thoughts on local or regional projects you think ProPublica and the Tribune 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.

The job is full time and includes ProPublica benefits.

Apply using this form. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Central on Nov. 15.

Got questions? Email charles.ornstein@propublica.org. No phone calls, please.

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