Position Information

Midwest Editor

ProPublica is seeking an experienced editor to lead its large and accomplished investigative unit in the Midwest.
In our Chicago-based Midwest hub, you’ll be one of two editors leading 10 reporters and one reporting fellow as the group investigates stories in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri and possibly other states. The team’s work has changed lawsprompted reforms to a citywide gang database, restored driver’s licenses to tens of thousands of people, revealed children in state care languishing in psychiatric hospitals longer than medically necessary, and led to freedom for a teen who was jailed for not doing her coursework during the pandemic.
The editor will directly supervise a handful of reporters, as well as set the overall tone for our coverage of the region, playing a role in reporter assignments, staff hiring, audience acquisition, regional events, collaborations and our broader local strategy. You will also work closely with our specialty teams, several of whose members work out of the Midwest office.
Apply here: https://www.propublica.org/jobs/midwest-editor

Position: Midwest Editor
Organization: ProPublica
Location: Chicago,  IL 
United States
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 9/29/2021

We’re looking for:

  • Previous experience leading a team, office, bureau or newsroom, and the skills to strengthen team camaraderie, foster a culture of inclusion and execute a vision.
  • Knowledge of the Midwest region, though that’s a plus, not a requirement. We’re interested in the vision you have for the newsroom and for the impactful work we can continue to do here.
  • A track record that shows a commitment to diversity in all ways, from ensuring that story topics and sources reflect the communities we cover to empowering a team of journalists who bring with them a variety of identities, journalism backgrounds and lived experiences.
  • A perceptive leader who leads by example and is deft at communicating clearly, honestly and compassionately. You should feel as comfortable easing staff fears and bolstering their confidence when they hit roadblocks or struggles as you do motivating them to stretch out of their comfort zones and championing their successes.
  • An eagerness to advise on reporting strategy, as well as an ability to elegantly edit drafts that precisely nail investigative findings while retaining the reporter’s voice and bolstering narrative elements.
  • Someone who aches to tell stories that are both important and powerful.
  • A contagious excitement about all the ways we can do journalism nowadays, including digging deep into data, working with readers, and marrying narrative and investigative forms.
  • A belief in the power of teamwork. We’re a collaborative organization that values partnership both internally and externally. We want the same for this team.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/28/2021
Apply Apply for this Position
Send to a Friend  Send to Friend
Return to Job Search  Return to Job Search
Post a Position  Post a Position
Organization Information

Chicago,  IL 60603
United States
(917) 512-0222
Charles Ornstein