We are The Markup (https://themarkup.org/) — a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism organization based in New York City. We're hiring!
At The Markup, we believe that not everything that is “new” is “news” and not everything that is “news” is “new.” Our News Editor will oversee a steady rhythm of articles that aim to illuminate the impact of technology on society, some of which will be originally reported news and many of which will assemble for readers the best available knowledge about an important topic.
The News Editor will oversee a team of reporters and freelancers who will persistently monitor and uncover the ways that tech affects people. They will produce well-reported, creatively told short- and medium-term enterprise stories, accountability stories, graphics and explainers that will be published at least twice a week on the website.
The News Editor will not only provide wordsmithing but will also probe the accuracy and depth of the reporting and raise questions about tone and fairness. S/he will work with the copy editor, graphics editor and legal counsel to carry the stories across the finish line to publication.
The News Editor will report to the Editor-in-Chief.
The deadline for applications is October 30.
- Supervise a team of reporters and set the agenda for their output. Supervise and guide their reporting.
- Work with freelancer reporters.
- Ask reporters tough questions about accuracy.
- Edit and structure articles in ways that are most friendly to readers.
- Edit articles, graphics, social copy and all other work associated with each article.
- Coach reporters and freelancers on The Markup’s approach to explanatory journalism.
- Work with Editor-in-Chief to develop processes for pitching, approving, developing, scheduling, and vetting stories. Kill stories when necessary.
- Maintain editorial tone, style, and standards for The Markup's articles.
- Work closely with internal and external counsel on story review.
- Work closely with the copy editor to finalize stories.
- Work closely with the graphics editor to conceptualize and approve art for stories.
- Work closely with the audience engagement editor to approve social copy.
- Has five years experience editing copy on a deadline.
- Is committed to accuracy above all else.
- Respects readers time by producing clean, readable articles.
- Works well with others.
- Is willing to evolve as our startup newsroom evolves.
- Experience upholding newsroom editorial standards.
- Has worked as a reporter and can coach reporters on source cultivation, interviewing techniques etc.
- Familiarity with coverage of the technology industry is a plus, but not a requirement.
- Fact-checking experience is a plus but not a requirement.
Compensation and Benefits
This job is full time, with a competitive salary and generous benefits including medical, vision, and dental insurance, 20 days of paid time off each year, paid family leave, and 401(k) matching. We want you to be an industry leader, so we will support attending industry conferences and professional training.
Ideally, this role would be based in New York, but since we all live on video-conference now, we are open to a remote option for strong candidates.
Here’s what you should know about us
We investigate how powerful actors use technology to reshape society. 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 have a comfortable life. You deserve to know more about how this is happening, and what you can do about it.
This mission is woven into everything we do. We don’t take shortcuts -- even if that means searching high and low for the right newsletter platform or taking the time to perfect an investigation. We pride ourselves on an organizational culture that is inventive, rigorous, collaborative, and courageous.
The Markup is committed to becoming an antiracist organization. And as an organization led by women, we do our best to center justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do -- of which hiring is just a part. We encourage you to ask us about what concrete steps we are taking in service of these ideals. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and/or formerly incarcerated people. A college degree is not required. Grit, wit, kindness, and a strong work ethic are necessary.
Come do your best work with us. We’re excited to meet you!
How to apply
To apply, please fill out the form below and submit a cover letter, resume and 3-5 clips of stories you have edited and 3-5 story ideas for enterprise stories you might want to assign to reporters on your team. Please do not contact the hiring manager directly, and please do not send a resume to staff at their individual email addresses.
If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.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.
Research shows that underrepresented applicants often downplay their skills. This is not an entry-level position, but if your experience doesn’t exactly match the qualifications listed, we still want to hear from you. Please apply!