Welcome. We are The Markup (https://themarkup.org/) — a new nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism organization in New York City. We're hiring!

Our mission is to investigate and illuminate the societal effects of new technologies. With little accountability or oversight, technology is affecting who we vote for, how we raise our kids, who is able to get housing, jobs, healthcare and a comfortable life. We will investigate these impacts, with the goal of holding the powerful to account, raising the cost of bad behavior, and spurring reforms. We begin publishing in 2019.

Along with deep-dive investigative projects, we also want to persistently monitor and hold accountable the ways that tech affects people. That’s why we’re building a quicker-turn enterprise team that will produce a steady drumbeat of well-reported, creatively told short- and medium-term accountability stories, graphics and explainers for the website. Among them will be useful tools that have wide national appeal and a long tail.

The Markup is committed to building a team that includes a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, and an organizational culture that is reader-centered, inventive, rigorous, collaborative, and courageous. We won't tolerate jerks. We aim to be a place where a diverse mix of dedicated people will want to come, to stay, and do their best work. 

We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities, and/or formerly incarcerated people, and a college degree is not required. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact jobs@themarkup.org. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, country of origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. 

About the position

We are seeking an inventive, rigorous and collaborative Senior Editor who can conceive of, shepherd and edit quick-turn enterprise and explanatory articles that reveal the impact of technology on society. S/he will manage a group of 4 beat reporters, to start, who will cover: data exploitation, labor, infrastructure and technology’s effect on children and families.

The editor will ensure that the team produces original reporting on these topics and will edit the explanatory articles produced by everyone on staff.

Our goal is to investigate and illuminate these issues, with a special emphasis on accountability, equality and justice. 

Creativity around presentation and distribution is a plus. The editor will need to be not only a wordsmith, but also a visual thinker, working closely with the data and graphics team to find ways to best tell stories. 

This position will report to Editor-in-Chief.

Responsibilities

The Senior Editor manages a team of enterprise beat reporters and is responsible for keeping the website fresh, relevant and informative. This includes not only the creation of new articles but also determining when and how to re-surface prior work during relevant news, in collaboration with our Audience Engagement Manager.

The Senior Editor helps the team craft and refine ideas, cultivate sources, report and write articles on a daily basis. S/he is also responsible for editing explainers written by members of the broader newsroom. 

The Senior Editor will also initially oversee social media, graphics and a web producer. S/he will also collaborate closely with the data journalists and the Managing Editor for Investigations. 

Requirements

We are looking for an editor who can take a rigorous, inventive and collaborative approach to enterprise, short-term accountability investigations and explanatory stories.

We want to hire an editor who: 

  • Has at least 5 years of experience editing news articles for the web on deadline or 10 years combined of reporting and editing experience.
  • Has shown a flair for conceiving of and shepherding enterprise stories and has creative ideas about how to present those stories on the web. 
  • Is a stickler for accuracy.
  • Has a track record of editing for clarity and can translate complicated ideas for a general audience.
  • Has some experience in stories about technology or related fields such as business reporting and has a passion for the subject matter.
  • Prefers mentoring as a leadership style.
  • Is motivated by the issues of equality and justice.
  • Is not scared of numbers.
  • Works well with others.
  • Is willing to evolve as our startup newsroom evolves.

Nice to Haves

  • Experience covering technology is a plus
  • Past experience reporting or managing meaningful enterprise stories on a beat.
  • Experience managing editorial operations, including social media, graphics and production.
  • Knows how to use Excel and/or SQL. 
  • Multi-lingual.

Compensation

We pay people fair and reasonable salaries, in accordance with their skills, abilities, and experience. We also provide a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, disability, parental leave, fertility support, pet insurance, and retirement plan contributions.

The salary for this position begins at $110,000 and will be established based on the successful candidate's experience, education and skills.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the form below and submit a cover letter, resume and 3-5 clips of stories you’ve edited (and explain what your role was in each story) and 3-5 story ideas for enterprise stories that you might want this team to pursue. Applications that don't include a cover letter will not be considered. Please do not contact the hiring manager directly. Please do not send a CV or application package to staff at their individual email addresses. 

This position will work out of our New York City office. If you don't currently live in New York but are willing to relocate for this position, please make that clear in your cover letter. 

At this time, due to our status with our fiscal sponsor, we unfortunately cannot consider applications from people who don't already have the legal right to work in the United States. In order to work for The Markup, a project of NEO Philanthropy, you'll be required to provide documentation establishing that you're eligible for U.S. employment.

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