Assistant Audience Editor, Local, Temporary

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 11:33 AM
    Message # 9301144

    ProPublica’s unconventional audience team is looking for an assistant editor to join the newsroom for a one-year position (January to December 2021) focused on helping develop and execute our local news strategy.

    As Assistant Editor, Audience you’ll be:

    • Working with our regional offices and our partner newsrooms, large and small, to help with the framing, packaging and distribution of stories throughout the year.

    • Pulling numbers, looking at location and performance data, and explaining your findings to reporters, editors and our team.

    • Coordinating with editors, producers and developers on images, video and other visual storytelling means. Sometimes, you’ll be helping to combine all of them.

    • Doing more than writing social copy  though you’ll definitely be doing some of that. At ProPublica, we have a collaborative approach to social storytelling (you’ll like it, we promise). Still, we need someone to bring it all together and make sure everything’s :chefskiss: in the end.

    • Working with editors to contribute to newsletters, explainers, sidebars and other supporting content across platforms. You might even do some reporting of your own.

    • Helping connect journalists to communities on- and offline in service of journalism (and vice versa). Research, brainstorming and creativity go a long way on our team.

    • Learning. A lot. This is a junior position in a newsroom of very experienced (and very nice!) journalists. Candidates who are excited to take on an intense learning opportunity will thrive.

    Apply if you:

    • Have an interest in local news reporting, specifically, and a sharp point of view on how to help revitalize it.

    • Believe deeply in the power of collaboration.

    • Have experience working with diverse and hard to reach communities.

    • Are energized at the thought of experimenting with new ways of reaching sources, subjects and readers — and are excited by the idea of sharing what you’ve learned.

    • Believe that people are what make platforms interesting, not the other way around. Opinions about the current state of social platforms and digital media don’t hurt, either.

    • Have some history of leveraging social media platforms to maximize resonance — and a good plan for applying it to journalism. We’re not just talking distribution here — reach is great, sure — but in the best cases, you’ll be contributing ideas before the reporting even begins.

    • Can write a hed, dek, lede, takeaways, social copy and pitch for any story you come across.

    • Are down with using data and analytics to improve and explore the impact of a story and shape larger newsroom strategies.

    • Are organized (in your way) and are comfortable communicating, prioritizing and asking for help when you need it.

    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 Sunday, Nov. 1, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

    This job is full time for one year and includes benefits. The position will be based in our New York office, but we’re open to remote working. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

    Questions? Send them to kengo@propublica.org. No phone calls, please.

    Please note that there are two positions available. If you have applied for this role before, you do not need to apply again.

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