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ProPublica seeks a senior editor, National

November 1, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

We are seeking an investigative editor to help oversee and elevate the accountability journalism produced by reporters on our national staff.

The senior editor will supervise a team of reporters producing revelatory and impactful investigative journalism. The ideal candidate enjoys the challenge of helping reporters envision the most ambitious and creative paths for their projects; deeply understands and embraces ProPublica’s accountability mission; has a facility for high-level story honing and writing as well as investigative reporting; and is dedicated to helping our reporters grow and develop. We’re looking for an experienced journalist with sound news judgment who is equally comfortable and adept at weighing in on what’s working, or not, in a long-form narrative as in a complicated, multipart investigation.

This position involves juggling a variety of high-level projects, weighing in on story selection and direction, guiding the reporting and writing process, handling big-picture editing and line editing, as well as working with staffers from other ProPublica teams, such as data, research, video and audience.

The senior editor will report to a deputy managing editor, national.

What you would be doing:

  • Supervising national reporters working on revelatory, important stories and projects.
  • Providing support and guidance to ensure projects are conceived of and told as ambitiously and creatively as possible.
  • Working with reporters to select stories with the potential for impact and helping them overcome reporting hurdles.
  • Editing stories, including identifying and fixing structural and logical issues and elevating writing when necessary.
  • Helping reporters collaborate with researchers, data visualization reporters, engagement reporters, audience and visual staffers, and story producers.
  • Serving as a champion for accountability journalism.

We’re looking for someone who has:

  • At least five years’ experience in accountability reporting and has managed or led complex investigations as a reporter or editor.
  • Experience with — and an appetite for — collaborating, both across the newsroom and with external partners. Strong communication skills are key!
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to juggle many responsibilities, meet deadlines and handle pressure while remaining calm.
  • The editing range to handle and think creatively about different types of investigative storytelling, including rolling investigations, traditional investigative projects, narratives and multimedia formats.
  • The bedside manner to help reporters land what is often the most challenging work of their career.

The expected salary range for this position is $150,000 to $195,000.

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