The Institute for Nonprofit News strengthens and supports more than 400 independent news organizations in a new kind of news network: nonprofit, nonpartisan and dedicated to public service.
INN is seeking a news product manager for the INN Network – an innovator and strategic thinker with brilliant judgment in packaging content into news products that engage people and support new revenue opportunities. This product developer and manager will work with INN’s 400+ member newsrooms to create products that expand public access to valuable news coverage, to develop products that can be used by individual news outlets to build audience and revenue, and to generate new revenue for Network members through collective efforts.
More than 400 INN member newsrooms now produce more than 400,000 stories per year, focused on the public interest of each of their communities – and also collectively producing some of the country’s deepest coverage of key topics including rural issues, health, education and the environment. Their more than 3,000 journalists also produce broad coverage of local news issues of shared interest across many communities. They are committed to values of transparency in producing nonpartisan, public service content.
The ideal candidate will be a skilled media professional with experience in product conceptualization, design and revenue development, as well as deep knowledge of market and industry practices for reaching and engaging news consumers. This is both a strategic and a hands-on job, working to conceptualize and develop products with INN members, managing partnerships and initial operations. Success in this role will necessitate working closely and collaboratively with editorial and product leaders across the INN Network to develop, test and implement new ideas.
The ideal candidate had experience making decisions about news coverage and presentation, is dedicated to engaging news consumers and brings an innovator’s approach to seeking out opportunities and designing solutions to fit them. This isn’t a job for someone who sees themself as exclusively a reporter or editor, or a salesperson or fundraiser. The ideal candidates thrives in the middle spaces between all of those roles and wants to identify the right levers to bring them together to serve news consumers. The first task will be to identify and develop products for INN’s Rural News Network, but the role will quickly expand to include other areas of collaborative editorial interest such as environment, state politics and beyond.
The Network Product Manager will report to the chief network officer, and will work closely with INN’s director of collaborations. The product manager will also work closely in coordination with the manager of distribution and audience growth as well as the Rural News Network editor. This nexus of relationships means that an ideal candidate will be simultaneously empathetic and strategic, visionary and diplomatic. This is a job for someone with exceptionally high emotional intelligence, experience analyzing and synthesizing complicated and potentially conflicting data to make decisions a passion for moving journalism forward. Nonprofit news is the fastest growing corner of the journalism industry and this is a role for someone who wants to put increased octane in the tank to accelerate that growth.
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Even if you don’t tick every box on the job description, consider where you’re interested in growing your skills and what unique value you would bring to this role. If you’re still not sure if you should apply, ask people you trust. They’ll probably tell you you’re great and should go for it. Please use your brief cover letter to tell us how your own strengths and experiences would make you successful in this role.
INN has operated as a remote team since 2016, and this will be a remote position. The salary range for this position is $105,000-$115,000 based on experience, education, and potential; generous benefits include employer-paid individual health, vision and dental insurance, and competitive, vacation, retirement and learning benefits, as well as a competitive paid parental leave program. This job may involve limited U.S. travel.
We value diversity, work in the open and do everything we can to give back to the journalism and nonprofit communities. INN is an equal opportunity employer, and we’re actively seeking to increase diversity in our operation and across the field of journalism. We encourage applications from communities traditionally underrepresented in news media. Our values.
To apply for this role, you must submit a resume and brief cover letter via this form. Questions can be submitted to email@example.com with “INN Network Product Manager” in the subject line, but all applications must be submitted via the form. Initial application review will start January 15, though new applications may be considered after that date until the position is filled.
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