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Street Sense Media seeks an editor-in-chief

September 27, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Street Sense Media is looking for a hard-working, compassionate, and mission-driven individual to serve as a full-time Editor-in-Chief. This position oversees the print and digital production and operations of our editorial department.

We have a small but strong award-winning newsroom that relies on a fluid team of four student intern reporters, volunteer freelancers, and and full-time deputy editor. The ideal candidate should be able to work with a diverse team that includes other editors, writers, photographers, designers, and non-editorial staff members.

Street Sense Media (SSM) is an evolving, mid-size, nonprofit media company and social service organization committed to ending chronic homelessness by providing economic opportunities and powerful forms of self-expression to men and women living in extreme poverty. We work in a collaborative, dynamic, and collegial environment for and with the people the organization serves. We are one of more than 100 street papers worldwide.

What you’ll be doing: ·

Newspaper Production

  • Take final responsibility for delivering files for a high quality 16-page publication to the press by 7 p.m. every other Tuesday.
  • Generate story ideas and write occasionally.
  • Edit and assign news stories.
  • Solicit, evaluate, and edit poetry and prose submissions for the Art Section.
  • Coordinate with the Opinion Section editors (team of volunteers).
  • Develop page layouts and prepare graphics for print with the Adobe Creative Suite.·


  • Supervise the staff reporter.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise a rotating cohort of 5-7 interns. (Reporters, an audience engagement role, and a graphic designer).
  • Recruit and coordinate editorial volunteers.
  • Coach contributors to develop work for the News, Art, and Opinion sections.
  • This position reports to the CEO.

Community Engagement and Listening

  • Develop and nurture relationships with sources across the city.
  • Represent Street Sense Media at community events relevant to the issues we cover.
  • Remain current with research and best practices for addressing poverty.
  • Remain current with journalism best practices and innovative ways to build trust and serve audience members’ information needs.
  • Manage special projects, such as the annual news blitz, to engage new readers.


  • Manage digital promotion of editorial content through social media, email, multimedia.
  • Identify funding opportunities to support and sustain our journalism and publishing. When appropriate, help apply for those opportunities.
  • Build and manage partnerships with external newsrooms and internal media channels.
  • All other duties as assigned.

We’re looking for someone who…

  • Has the demonstrated ability to produce high-quality, ethical journalism.
  • Shares a strong commitment to accountability and enterprise reporting.
  • Has excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Has managed a team.
  • Is proficient with Adobe InDesign.
  • Can work in a fast moving, collaborative environment.
  • Is organized and able to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Can connect policy decisions to readers’ lives.
  • Meets deadlines and ensures accuracy.
  • Thinks strategically and creatively.

Preferred but not required qualifications include…

  • Experience working/volunteering with people experiencing homelessness; Lived experience of
  • homelessness is even more highly valued.
  • Background in critically reviewing art: personal essays, poetry, fiction, etc.
  • Experience managing other journalists.
  • Experience coordinating volunteers.
  • Community listening / audience engagement experience.
  • Proficiency with WordPress content management software.
  • Proficiency with audio/video storytelling and editing.

Education: 4-Year Degree Required

Experience Level: Mid-level/Managerial

Salary: USD $57,000 – USD $62,000 / year

Start Date: November 1, 2023

Application Deadline: October 20, 2023

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, three work samples, and three professional references to with the subject line “Editor-in-Chief.”

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