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Senior Editor, Southwest Office

ProPublica is seeking an experienced editor devoted to journalism with moral force to lead its new investigative unit in the Southwest.

ProPublica is expanding its local presence by adding offices in the South and the Southwest and augmenting its presence in the Midwest. This will be in addition to our joint initiative with The Texas Tribune and our Local Reporting Network. We are adding reporters, editors and members of our specialized teams to work on these local efforts.

The Southwest, in many ways, represents the future of our nation. It has a front-row seat to the battles over immigration, the effects of climate change and the challenges of population growth.

This editor will be based in Phoenix and will have the responsibility to guide, edit and elevate the work of at least five reporters who will work for the unit and to ultimately create compelling investigations that spur change.

What you would be doing:

  • Helping to hire and then overseeing five investigative reporters who will cover Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and possibly Colorado.

  • Editing one project from our Local Reporting Network.

  • Working with ProPublica researchers, data visualization reporters, engagement reporters, audience and video staffers, and story producers.

  • Setting the tone for coverage in an important region with many untold stories.

Position: Senior Editor, Southwest Office
Organization: ProPublica
Location: New York,  NY 
United States
Posting Start Date: 1/1/2021
Date Posted: 10/9/2020

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Has a track record — as either an editor or reporter — of landing revelatory stories about abuses of power.

  • Aches to tell stories that are both important and powerfully told.

  • Is truly excited about all the possible ways we can do journalism nowadays: from deep data-digging to working with readers to marrying narrative and investigative forms.

  • Really likes working with others. We’re a collaborative news organization. We want the same for this new team.

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 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, Oct. 30.

Status: This listing expires on: 12/8/2020
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