Capital B is a first-of-its-kind local and national nonprofit news organization reporting for Black communities across the country. We’re looking for an experienced editor who is committed to community journalism to manage our expanding network of local newsrooms.
Capital B’s managing editor of local will have the rare opportunity to build a collection of newsrooms in Black communities across the country that are underserved by local news. This is a senior editorial position in the Capital B organization, and this editor’s primary responsibility is to support our local newsroom editors and their teams as they execute Capital B’s mission — to produce high-quality civic and explanatory journalism that centers Black Americans — for their unique local audiences.
The ideal candidate will be a builder with experience establishing or expanding teams. They will work with senior leaders to identify locations for newsrooms, hire staff, oversee their development, and establish them as trusted sources of news and information in their communities. This person must be comfortable working with editors and reporters from a variety of backgrounds and with various experience levels, developing them in the practice of community-centered reporting.
This is an exciting and critical role at a time when local news sources are in decline nationwide. If you’re passionate about developing creative, community-driven solutions for Black news consumers across the country, this could be the job for you.
The position reports to the editorial director.
- Oversee the development and success of a growing network of local newsrooms, starting with Capital B Atlanta
- Work with a matrix of organization leaders to help research and strategize for new local market launches
- Manage hiring, training and development of local newsroom staffs
- Maintain editorial standards in alignment with Capital B’s mission of civic and community journalism across the network
- Collaborate with other departments on editorial programming for live events
- Work with other leaders on partnerships, collaborations and community engagement
- Occasional assigning and editing news stories
What you'll bring:
- A deep interest in Black media and serving Black news consumers
- 7+ years experience in local news reporting and/or editing
- 5+ years of editing experience and 3+ years of management experience (experience managing other editors is a plus)
- Demonstrated passion for community and civic journalism
- Experience working with new reporters and interest in developing them
- An openness to nontraditional approaches to journalism
- An extreme audience focus — Capital B’s work is not for industry peers or awards committees, although it’s a plus if they like it!
- Empathy, kindness and patience
What we'll bring:
- A compassionate, supportive workplace
- Unlimited PTO + company holidays
- 20 weeks parental leave
- 12 weeks caregiver leave
- Dental, health, and vision insurance
- Life insurance
- Health and dependent care flex plans
- Short-term disability
- Professional development fund
- Monthly phone and internet stipend
- Stipend for home office setup
Please submit your resume and a brief cover note explaining why you're a good fit for this role. The deadline for applications is January 20. Capital B is open to candidates with a diversity of experience, and we know that some very strong candidates won't have all the qualifications we list. Don't be shy — apply!