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Carolina Public Press, an award-winning nonprofit news organization devoted to investigative, in-depth and independent journalism for all of North Carolina, seeks an editor to lead newsroom operations and serve as a member of the organization’s executive team.
We’re looking for someone who can seek out the best overlooked stories in North Carolina to provide high-quality, trustworthy in-depth and investigative journalism. We want someone who will think critically and creatively, seek innovative ways to tell single stories and series, and who can lead, coach and supervise a high-performing team of award-winning journalists.
The editor will work collaboratively and across departments to fulfill our vision to be North Carolina’s largest and most impactful wholly independent investigative nonprofit news organization. The editor will, in collaboration with the executive director, steer the strategic vision of the newsroom, both in overall direction and outputs that include long-form pieces, short news updates, in-depth enterprise and investigative series. Along with other members of the executive team, the editor will prioritize the organization’s core principles of reach, impact and sustainability in decision making. The editor reports directly to the executive director.
As the supervisor of newsroom staff, the ideal candidate will be an experienced and effective leader, supervisor and manager who can work with seasoned and emerging journalists, as well as teams of freelancers located across the state. The editor will also manage, participate and inspire collaborations at the local, state and national levels, and be able and willing to consider and track the impact of our journalism from the individual to policy levels.
Today, our journalism is freely delivered digitally through carolinapublicpress.org; content sharing partners at local, state and national levels; third-party aggregators; and daily/weekly email newsletters. We seek an experienced editor who can elevate these existing distribution channels to increase loyalty among current audiences and who can work collaboratively across departments to conceive, test and evaluate innovative news products and methods to reach additional audiences.
Founded in 2011, Carolina Public Press has earned its reputation as a highly respected, nonpartisan and wholly independent nonprofit news organization in North Carolina. We prioritize producing nonpartisan journalism on the public interest issues that others overlook and high-impact investigative reporting that holds those in power accountable. And while we cover all of North Carolina, we are working to be one solution to filling news gaps in areas threatened by news deserts, particularly in rural communities.
While the organization’s headquarters are in Asheville, N.C., the editor may live anywhere in the state. The Carolina Public Press team is largely remote, with staff members located across the state. You should expect to travel, both throughout North Carolina and nationally.
The best candidates for this position will have the following experience and attributes:
- At least 5 years of professional editing experience, preferably with a journalism publication
- Experience proactively setting, leading and executing a strategic vision for a wide range of coverage, along with the ability to distill complex public interest topics
- Enthusiastic leader with proven supervisory and team management skills that encourage collaboration, trust, collegiality and innovation
- Excellent writing and editing skills, with the ability to place issues within a statewide context
- Solid news judgment and the ability to work independently under tight deadlines
- A high level of curiosity about our home state, across multiple and diverse beats, interests, geographies and communities
- Creative self-starter who is eager to explore effective ways of covering North Carolina issues and create high-impact multimedia storytelling
- Understanding and prioritizing DEI principles, from hiring to sourcing to story selection
- Excellent project management skills, including the ability to juggle multiple deadlines in collaboration with other departments, meet deliverable expectations, and prioritize and plan long-term projects and initiatives
- Have excellent interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate respectfully and inclusively with colleagues, community partners and other stakeholders
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and produce journalism in a variety of styles and formats, framing stories through a lens of systems and solutions that hold the powerful to account and drives local, regional and statewide conversations
- Lead the hiring process for a growing newsroom and freelance cohort, and provide confidence-boosting supervision for newsroom staff through effective communication, coaching and leadership
- Direct all newsroom operations, including supervising and managing staff and freelancers; daily and long-term news plans; and budget oversight
- Schedule, assign, and edit stories on daily, weekly and monthly schedule, and use and improve internal systems and structures to support story planning, publication, sharing, collaboration and impact tracking
- Think proactively about future coverage, including emerging and potential projects, priorities and news needs in North Carolina
- Work with the executive team to develop and improve ways to grow audiences and measure impact
- Leverage, participate and help lead community engagement efforts to elevate story-telling, sourcing and news production
- Manage website development and updates, in conjunction with web development and audience engagement leaders
- Other duties as assigned
We recognize that you may be an excellent/ideal candidate even when your expertise may be different from what we’ve described or envisioned for this position. Everyone is different, and you do not have to satisfy all requirements to be considered for this job. Carolina Public Press is very interested in reflecting the communities we serve and encourages women, people of color, those living with disabilities, those from rural communities, and others from underrepresented communities in the traditional media to apply.
Along with the opportunity to do meaningful work with a team of experienced journalists, Carolina Public Press offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a 95% paid primary health care plan; access to additional coverage including life insurance and accident plans; generous vacation leave and paid holidays; and professional development opportunities. The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000, based on experience, education and potential.
To apply, you must submit your application via this form. Your cover letter should clearly state 1) how your experience and education will help you succeed in this role, 2) your understanding of Carolina Public Press’s mission and role in North Carolina, and 3) why you’re interested in this position.
The editor may start immediately, though the position will remain open until filled.
If you need more information, you may either email your questions or you may book a 15-minute call with Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newsome. Contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that emailed responses and phone calls are only for you to ask questions about the role; they will not be interviews for the position itself.
Posted June 23, 2022
Carolina Public Press, an award-winning nonprofit news organization devoted to investigative, in-depth and independent journalism for all of North Carolina, seeks a new executive director, with the flexible start date of late 2023.
The executive director will lead a high-performing, innovative and mission-driven team of professionals to lead Carolina Public Press towards meeting and surpassing its vision to be North Carolina’s largest and most impactful wholly independent investigative nonprofit news organization. The executive director has leadership and oversight responsibility for an operating budget of nearly $1M from multiple and variable revenue sources.
This is a job for someone who is a strong and innovative nonprofit leader, believes that nonprofit news organizations are critical to the future of the news industry, and wants to share the story of Carolina Public Press on a national stage.
This position encompasses all aspects of a “typical” executive director of a highly impactful nonprofit news organization, but the best candidates will champion Carolina Public Press’s core values:
- Quality, ethical and nonpartisan journalism that puts public service first;
- A dedication to fighting for and seeking out public information, public data and open courts including, when necessary, pressing legal challenges to obtain that information;
- A willingness to ask hard questions of those in power;
- Making supporting the journalism and journalists who produce investigative, accountability and explanatory journalism a top priority;
- A collaborative spirit, both internally through cross-team efforts and externally through local, statewide and national collaborations that we join or lead;
- Seeking and implementing best practices for digital-first nonprofit news organizations;
- A belief that every North Carolinian deserves access to high-quality, trustworthy and context-rich journalism, especially those people and issues that have been overlooked or underrepresented in traditional media;
- Championing investigative and accountability journalism and understanding the work, time, dedication and risk it takes;
- Focus on impact, reach and sustainability; and
- A dedication to the future of North Carolina.
The executive director reports to the Carolina Public Press Board of Directors and will be a strong and effective leader of a growing team of high-performing professionals. The ideal candidate will preferably have 7-10 years of top level management of nonprofit organizations and/or news organizations or equivalent experience. They will also have demonstrated experience in:
- Successful fundraising with a nonprofit organization, including seeking support from individual members, major donors, for-profit and nonprofit sponsors and public and private foundations, from the local to national level;
- Successful collaboration with the Board of Directors to identify, create and implement strategic plans to actualize organizational objectives;
- Successful team and staff leadership management, including oversight of key human resource needs, including staff benefits programs;
- Understanding the role and importance of nonpartisan, independent, investigative journalism in a working democracy;
- Entrepreneurial and innovative program development, including business plan development and organizational strategy development and implementation;
- Transparent and effective administration and financial oversight of a nonprofit organization, including meeting all local, state and federal guidelines and expectations for nonprofit organizations; and
- Community and partner engagement with a variety of stakeholders, including current and potential audiences, volunteers, other news organizations and current and potential funders and sponsors.
Carolina Public Press is very interested in diversity among its top leadership and encourages women, people of color, those living with disabilities, those from rural communities, and others from underrepresented communities in the traditional media to apply. The salary range for this position is $80,000-$90,000, based on experience, education and potential. The organization’s benefits package includes generous leave and professional development opportunities, as well as health insurance and access to additional benefits.
While the organization’s current headquarters are located in Asheville, the executive director may live anywhere in North Carolina. The Carolina Public Press team is largely remote, with staff members located across the state. You should expect to travel, both throughout North Carolina and nationally.
To apply, you must submit a resume and brief cover letter via this form. Your cover letter should clearly state 1) how your experience and education would help you succeed in this role and 2) demonstrate your understanding of Carolina Public Press’s mission and role in North Carolina. Questions can be submitted to email@example.com with “CPP Executive Director Questions” in the subject line, but all applications must be submitted via the form.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
If you have any questions about this role before applying, you may book a 15-minute call with Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newsome by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note these calls are only for you to ask questions about the role to inform your decision to apply; they will not be interviews for the position itself.
Carolina Public Press welcomes inquiries from professional freelance journalists and photojournalists residing in North Carolina. Currently, we prioritize inquiries from journalists living in and around the Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Wilmington areas.
Contributing state government reporter(s)
Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news organization focused on in-depth and investigative journalism in the public interest, seeks talented contributing writers to enhance our coverage of state government, what’s happening in Raleigh and how it affects our readers. Applicants should be based in or live close to the Triangle, have a college degree and news media experience. Reporters with a predominance of experience working for advocacy organizations or advocacy news organizations are not eligible. Our pay rates are competitive, and we will keep this writer busy. Those interested should email email@example.com, with the subject line of Freelance State Government Reporter. Include a resume, two or three examples of your best recently published work and a cover letter describing why you’re interested. Also note any special areas of knowledge or interest. Incomplete applications will not be considered. [Rolling deadline.]
Contributing reporter(s), general assignment
Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news organization focused on in-depth and investigative journalism in the public interest, seeks professional freelance journalists to join its North Carolina team. We’re based in Asheville, but assignments may be handled by writers living anywhere in North Carolina. Applicants should have a college degree and some experience working in the news media. Reporters with a predominance of experience in and/or are currently working for advocacy organizations or advocacy news organizations are not eligible. Our pay rates are competitive and we will keep writers who show they can produce high-quality work and meet deadlines busy. Those interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line of Freelance Reporter. Include a resume, two or three examples of your best recently published work and a cover letter describing why you’re interested. Also note any special areas of knowledge or interest. Incomplete applications will not be considered. [Rolling deadline.]
Carolina Public Press is an independent nonprofit news organization dedicated to nonpartisan, in-depth and investigative news built upon the facts and context North Carolinians need to know right now. Our award-winning, breakthrough journalism breaks down barriers and shines a light on the critical overlooked and under-reported issues facing our state’s 10.5 million residents.
Carolina Public Press is a highly efficient, fast-paced news organization. We’re online, but we aren’t opinion bloggers or advocacy journalists. We have received national, regional and local support and recognition for our high-quality, unbiased, in-depth and investigative reporting.
We are members of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Institute for Nonprofit News and the N.C. Press Association.
We offer a variety of internship opportunities, including for reporters and photojournalists, those interested in social media, those interested in community outreach and event planning, and those seeking to become editorial assistants. Our internships are individualized, not cookie-cutter busy work. Expect to have fun, to challenge and to be challenged and to learn a ton. Your portfolio and resume will thank you.
While we are based in Asheville, Carolina Public Press welcomes interns from across the state. Remote internships are available. Applicants must have access to the internet during their internship.
Organizational Internship Program
Our organizational internships are open to all journalism, communications, public policy, marketing, political science and business students or those in related fields. Applicants should be highly reliable self-starters with strong interest in online media, particularly the nonprofit media sector devoted to public interest and investigative reporting.
Applicants will have the opportunity to assist in nearly every element of directing and operating a nonprofit media organization, with a strong emphasis on events, social media, community engagement and other outreach programs.
To be considered for the program, applicants should submit:
1: a cover letter explaining your interest in an organizational internship with Carolina Public Press,
2: a resume and
3: two references.
Strong preference will be given to students with nonprofit and/or journalism experience. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For more information and to submit your application, email email@example.com, with the subject line Organizational Internship Program.
Carolina Public Press may offer additional internship opportunities. Please check back soon for more details.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line Internship Program.