As media organizations face great challenges and shrinking staffs, PA Post offers an exciting opportunity: the chance not only to lead, but to nurture the evolution of Pennsylvania’s first news organization with a truly statewide focus. PA Post launched in September 2018 with key products: the weekday e-newsletter The Context; weekly podcast The State of the State; and an important continuing series on mental health (Through the Cracks).
The fifth largest state in the country, Pennsylvania is regionally, politically and culturally fragmented. PA Post aims to change that by connecting Pennsylvanians to Pennsylvania, by finding and explaining issues that tie the state together in a way that hasn’t been done before.
The ideal candidate to guide the non-profit, digital-first, multimedia team at PA Post has a passion for listening to citizens, telling powerful stories with diverse voices and helping journalists explain complex topics with compelling audio, video, text and other digital tools for a statewide audience. You’ll be a confident user of social media to reach engaged audiences across Pennsylvania.
You will be key to PA Post’s relationships with media partners, donors and our readers, listeners and viewers statewide.
You will work with PA Post media affiliates and partners on content-sharing agreements and collaborative projects, bringing the best journalism in the state to whatever platform the audience is using. Among PA Post’s media partners are the new Spotlight PA (led by the Philadelphia Inquirer), WHYY in Philadelphia and the Harrisburg-based Patriot News/PennLive.
You will be able to inspire donors and sponsors to support non-partisan reporting while conveying PA Post’s editorial independence. The Executive Editor will oversee a small team, but a growing one as PA Post becomes more established. You will be responsible for working with the team to set a statewide editorial strategy, devise effective business models and establish editorial principles to build trust.
PA Post will avoid the 24-hour news churn to produce deep dive and explanatory journalism on legislative, policy and political issues. The Executive Editor will be able to lead journalists through short- and long-term projects that may take weeks, months or years to develop.
If you are a newsroom leader eager to put a fledgling digital start-up on the map, you want to be here.
In the few months since its launch, PA Post has garnered a rising number of newsletter subscribers, and appreciative reactions:
· From Twitter: “This is good journalism. … Looking forward to more like this from @papostnews.”
· In email: “Love what I’m seeing so far at PA Post.”
· From Facebook: PA people: “Sign up for this. Great resource.”
WITF Public Media, which serves as fiscal agent for PA Post, has built a national reputation for its work – earning a duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for its StateImpact Pennsylvania initiative and 15 RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Awards since 2007.