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: ·
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Editor-in-Chief.”
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