City Bureau is seeking a skilled editor with a passion for mentorship who is ready to help train the next generation of community-engaged journalists. This full-time, Chicago-based role will manage City Bureau reporters (staff and freelancers) to run our award-winning Civic Reporting Fellowship program and edit City Bureau reporting projects.
You should apply if…
- You are skilled at project management, especially developing multi-layered editorial projects and ensuring they reach their target audience
- You love mentoring journalists, troubleshooting reporting challenges and collaborating with reporters to make stories shine
- You are passionate about creating journalism with an equity lens—using an anti-racist framework and putting communities who are directly affected by issues at the center of the reporting process.
Since 2015, City Bureau has been at the forefront of a movement to reimagine journalism as a public good. Our programs inform, engage and equip people to strengthen information systems in communities underserved by existing media. We train journalists and community members to hold public officials accountable and keep their neighbors informed about issues affecting their daily lives. Our free workshops and trainings have reached hundreds of people in Chicago, focusing on the city’s South and West Sides. See examples of our editorial packages and press coverage at the link below.
- Manage our award-winning Civic Reporting Fellowship, a 10-week training program in which teams of journalists at different skill levels create editorial projects that serve City Bureau’s community. With support from other members of City Bureau’s team and contractors, this person will manage program activities, including recruitment of fellows, evaluating program effectiveness and curriculum design and implementation.
- Manage City Bureau reporters (staff and freelance) to develop, edit and publish editorial projects
- Assist with social media and promotion, publication partners and outreach
- Assist with cross-team collaborations with City Bureau’s Documenters and Public Newsroom programs
- Support City Bureau’s alumni network by assisting with meetings and acting as a liaison between alumni and City Bureau staff
- 3+ years experience editing in a professional journalism environment
- Well-versed in news production, with strong news judgment, ability to conceive and package news for target audiences and pitch content to news outlets
- Experience mentoring and/or teaching journalism
- Strong verbal communication skills and ability to facilitate thoughtful conversations about the media industry
- Deep understanding of the racist history and structures in the news industry and a demonstrated commitment to repairing that harm
- High level of emotional intelligence and the ability to communicate and work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds
- Ability to manage people and projects, with a knack for logistical planning
Compensation and Benefits
- $56,275 salary; City Bureau uses a fixed compensation structure that includes planned annual raises
- Benefits package including health care, dental, vision and 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