News Lab Director

  • Full-time
  • Chicago

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City Bureau is seeking a journalist or writer/researcher with a passion for local government, policy and power in Chicago to support our team as our Civic Producer. In this full time role you will work closely with Chicago Documenters and program staff to fact-check and approve community reporting on local government meetings and produce a curated, high-quality daily newsletter.

You should consider applying if:

  • You’re able to distill complicated topics into conversational and easy-to-understand language
  • You believe that getting more people engaged with local policy and government is an important way to create a more equitable society
  • You’re a thorough and detail-oriented civic nerd

As City Bureau’s Civic Producer you will:

  • Review, fact-check and approve Documenters content daily and on deadline
  • Provide written and verbal feedback to Documenters
  • Produce a daily newsletter based on approved Documenters content
    Consult with/support City Bureau reporters on editorial coverage about local government and civic power
  • Support City Bureau events, including Documenters workshops



  • Understanding of and commitment to City Bureau’s core values, mission and vision
  • Strong journalistic writing skills, with an ability to identify and appeal to diverse stakeholders
  • Excellent fact-checking and copy-editing skills, with a strong detail-orientation
  • Basic knowledge of local policy-making and the ways that people can get involved in local government
  • Ability to quickly learn about complex issues and prioritize information accordingly
  • Excellent time-management skills and an ability to work on deadline
  • Impeccable organizational skills and an ability to move projects forward independently



  • $42,500 salary; City Bureau uses a fixed compensation structure that includes planned annual raises
  • Benefits package including health care, dental, vision, life insurance
  • Professional development stipend, work tools stipend
    15 days paid vacation in addition to 8 paid company holidays and 7 health days
  • Flexible work schedule – some night/weekend hours may be required
  • Fully remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, with flexible work-from-home options post-pandemic

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