Capital B is a first-of-its-kind local and national nonprofit news organization reporting for Black communities across the country. Cofounded by CEO Lauren Williams (former senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Vox) and Chief Audience Officer Akoto Ofori-Atta (former managing editor of The Trace), Capital B is looking for a criminal justice reporter to join its Atlanta newsroom. In this position, you will cover some of the most pressing issues — rising crime rates, community policing, police brutality, law enforcement funding and training — facing Black residents in the region.
The ideal candidate will bring creativity; unique approaches; and careful, accurate, and open-minded reporting to criminal justice coverage tailored specifically to this audience. We’re looking for a flexible and tenacious reporter and writer, meaning you'll have ideas for meaty pieces that cover the major ideas, issues, and stakes at the heart of local criminal justice debates; the hunger to quickly turn around reported news pieces on their beat; and the drive to uncover stories and angles that other news outlets missed. This position reports to the Atlanta editor.
- Report and write daily, weekly, and longer lead enterprise news stories about criminal justice for a Black Metro Atlanta audience
- Work with editor and community engagement editor to craft story ideas based on your news judgment and beat expertise, as well as community information needs
- Write explanatory service pieces pertaining to your beat
- Moderate Capital B Atlanta live journalism events as they relate to criminal justice
- Partner with national team reporters and editors for occasional national stories, and with outside journalists on occasional co-publishing partnerships
What you'll bring
- Academic or professional knowledge of criminal justice issues, particularly in Black communities
- Deep understanding of the specific justice issues in the Atlanta region, and their impact on Black residents
- The ability to contextualize national stories for a local audience
- Local sources and/or ideas for how to build out the beat
- 3+ years reporting experience
- Strong story ideas
- Clear, concise writing. We’re looking for readable and accessible stories at Capital B.
- 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.)
- Sensitivity to the responsibilities of reporting for underrepresented communities
- Empathy, kindness, 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 and long-term disability
- Professional development fund
- Monthly phone and internet stipend
- Stipend for home office setup
We want to hear from you! Please submit your resume (including links to relevant clips) and a note telling us why you’re uniquely suited for this role by Wednesday, February 9. 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!