Capital B is a local and national nonprofit news organization reporting for Black communities across the country. Capital B launched a year ago with a national hub and its first local newsroom in Atlanta. It’s now expanding into its second market, Gary, Indiana, and looking for an enterprising editor to build a first-of-its kind newsroom to meet the news and information needs of Black residents in NW Indiana.

There are precious few reporting resources dedicated solely to covering Gary, and Capital B is looking for a creative and entrepreneurial editor who has deep knowledge of its Black communities and is eager to tackle the unreported and underreported stories around every corner, while using community engagement strategies to bring a true civic journalism ethos to the newsroom's mission. The ideal candidate has local expertise, is a deft line and assigning editor, has an eye for raw talent, and enjoys training new journalists in reporting and writing.

The Gary editor will have the tremendous opportunity to combine their news judgment and knowledge of the region with the results of Capital B’s community listening efforts to shape coverage for a new kind of journalism outlet.

This position reports to Capital B’s managing editor, local.

Salary: $95,000-$110,000

Location: Gary, Indiana

Responsibilities:

  • Manage a start-up local newsroom — from recruiting and training reporters to planning and executing coverage
  • Work with community engagement editor to develop editorial strategy based on community information needs, current events, and Gary’s unique characteristics
  • Assign and edit stories
  • Work with local and regional publishing partners on reporting collaborations
  • Communicate editorial strategy and editorial calendar to central editorial and business teams — with regular updates on priorities, challenges, and wins
  • Work with central editorial and business teams on network-wide collaborations, special projects, events, and other relevant development projects

What you’ll bring:

  • A deep knowledge of and passion for NW Indiana’s Black communities
  • 3+ years editing experience
  • Some management/leadership experience
  • Story editing and assigning magic
  • Big ideas — the ability to look beyond the daily grind to think about what’s next
  • An understanding of civic journalism and community engagement as essential to Capital B’s local model
  • An extreme audience focus — Capital B’s work is not for industry peers or award committees, although it’s a plus if they like it!
  • A non-traditional mindset (Traditional journalism experience is an asset, but Capital B is operating under the belief that some of traditional journalism is broken, and you should be, too.)
  • Familiarity with the big issues facing Gary and the region, and their impact on Black residents
  • Sensitivity to the responsibilities of reporting for underrepresented communities
  • Experience with accountability journalism/investigations a plus

What we’ll bring:

  • A compassionate, supportive workplace
  • Unlimited PTO + company holidays
  • 20 weeks parental leave
  • 12 weeks caregiver leave
  • 401K
  • Dental, health, and vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Health and dependent care flex plans
  • Short-term disability
  • Professional development fund
  • Monthly phone and internet stipend

Please submit your resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re the right person for this role by March 15.

Capital B is open to candidates with a diversity of experience, and we know that some very strong candidates won’t have all of the qualifications we list. Don’t be shy — apply!