Type Investigations seeks an Editor in Chief
Type Investigations is seeking an experienced, ambitious, proven investigative editor to lead an award-winning newsroom in creating high-impact journalism. The Editor in Chief will oversee our editorial agenda while envisioning creative approaches to growing the project.
In addition to bringing significant experience as an investigative reporter and editor; impeccable journalistic standards; strong writing, editing, and organizational skills; an eye for impactful stories; and management or leadership experience, the ideal candidate will:
- Be able to develop and articulate a strategic vision for our newsroom, bringing an entrepreneurial and approach to growth. The candidate must have an inspiring vision of the role of the independent press in our democracy, a detailed understanding of the shifting media landscape, and the ability to synthesize these into a dynamic game plan. This person will be nimble in envisioning our vital role in that landscape, and flexible enough to pursue multiple avenues through development and execution.
- Work with our CEO and development team to build a sustainable fundraising plan for general support, writer fellowships, and special projects that reflect our editorial priorities.
- Conceive, assign, edit, and supervise high-impact investigative projects to appear in a variety of media including radio, broadcast, and the written word. This will require a strong track record of developing long-form narrative projects, as well as a deep understanding of the complex interplay of hard-hitting investigative findings and compelling story-telling that allows our work to resonate with its intended audience.
- Engage in high-level newsroom supervision, overseeing our team of editors and researchers, ensuring meticulous ethical and journalistic standards, and updating protocols with an eye toward best practices. At the same time, they must be a leader who encourages dialogue with colleagues, trouble-shoots problems, builds consensus, and motivates team members. They should also have a proven track record of attracting and developing talent among writers, editors, and researchers.
- Embrace the collaborative nature of our partnership model and create a collaborative news-making environment. In a newsroom where each project is worked on by our team, a freelance writer, and ultimately a partner outlet as well, this cooperative spirit is essential. This will require an intuitive understanding of the diplomatic work of each project, as well as an ability to help guide that process, including building consensus around journalistic decisions, navigating complex editing and fact-checking processes, and negotiating fair and consistent credit for all partners. In addition, they should have a keen eye for opportunities to place our work in various media, trends in assigning and readership, and a the industry’s shifting priorities. An excellent network in both the for-profit and non-profit media worlds is a plus, as is experience with editorial partnerships.
- Work to attract and cultivate a talented and diverse pool of independent investigative journalists. Our project has a long and successful track record investing in and developing talent from a variety of backgrounds. The incoming editor must share the goal of continuing to push for change in the field of investigative journalism, have a track record of successful efforts on this front, and be able to develop a vision for how our project can continue to expand its efforts in this area.
- Serve as an ambassador and public face for the project for development and public relations. This will include high-level meetings with foundations and individual donors, which require an ability to clearly express the importance of our work in persuasive and inspiring ways.
Type Investigations is a non-profit newsroom for independent journalists, dedicated to incubating investigative reporting with the potential for social impact. Our investigations are published or broadcast in partnership with a wide variety of print, broadcast and online outlets. Our stories have sparked FBI investigations, Congressional inquiries, federal indictments, the resignation of public officials, and more. They have also won many of journalism’s top awards, including the Emmy, the Polk Award, the National Magazine Award, and the Investigative Reporters & Editors Medal. Type Investigations is a project of the Type Media Center, a non-profit media center that is also home to a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books; the widely syndicated website TomDispatch; and a Fellowship program that supports dozens of writers and journalists every year.
Please send a resume and cover letter, including links to some investigative projects you’ve worked on, by November 1 to:
Taya Kitman, executive director, Type Media Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position includes generous health, retirement, vacation, and flex-time benefits, and is based in New York City.
Type Media Center is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity.