We are The Markup (https://themarkup.org/)—a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism organization in New York City. With little accountability or oversight, technology is affecting how we vote, how we raise our kids, who is able to get housing, jobs, health care, and have a comfortable life. People deserve to know more about how this is happening, who is being harmed, and what they can do about it. That’s where The Markup’s hard-hitting, investigative journalism comes in.
Our approach to investigative journalism is guided by the scientific method. We develop hypotheses and assemble data—through crowdsourcing, FOIAs, and automated data collection—to test our theories. We also strive to work in genuine partnership with local journalists and existing, local news organizations who have built trust with the communities they cover. We aim to equip people, communities, and organizations with information that helps them protect themselves when wrongdoing is exposed and that drives institutional and systemic change.
We also don’t take shortcuts, even if that means searching high and low for a newsletter platform that meets our privacy promise or taking the time to bulletproof an investigation. We pride ourselves on an organizational culture that is rigorous, collaborative, and courageous.
Our mission is woven into everything we do. We believe that at our best, our work drives tangible, positive impact in the world, and we work deliberately and strategically to ensure our stories have as much impact as possible. Read more about how we think about impact at The Markup.
The Markup is committed to becoming an antiracist organization. And as an organization led by women of color, we do our best to center justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do—of which hiring is just one 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, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and/or formerly incarcerated people. A college degree is not required to apply for jobs at The Markup.
Come do your best work with us. We’re excited to meet you.
As managing editor, you will:
- Report directly to Sisi Wei, our Editor-in-Chief, and be a key member of the editorial leadership team
- Collaborate closely with Sisi to refine and execute our journalistic vision, strategy, and goals, lead and manage the newsroom and newsroom culture, and shape our ambitious and impact-driven journalism
- Take the lead on creating and/or refining our newsroom processes and standards, such as our copy flow, editorial partnerships, or editorial standards, with feedback from editors and staff
- Drive the day-to-day running of the newsroom, including planning our coverage and editorial calendar, in direct collaboration with other editors and Sisi
- Oversee, edit, and coach reporters on stories from conception to final line edits, and on both long-form and short-term investigative and accountability pieces
- Collaborate internally across our editorial, product, audience, legal, communications, and operations teams, and externally with publishing partners (typically other newsrooms across the U.S.) to get stories across the finish line and set our stories up for success to have their biggest possible impact.
- Directly manage up to 3 journalists
At The Markup’s current size, the managing editor will also be responsible for editing stories directly, as well as thinking and shaping the newsroom at a higher level. To make sure that balance is possible, the managing editor will manage no more than three journalists at a given time.
If and when The Markup grows in size, we’ll also increase our editing capacity, and the managing editor will serve as the direct editor on fewer stories, or stop serving as a direct editor on stories entirely, as their newsroom-wide role will expand, and other editors will start reporting to the managing editor.
What we’re looking for:
We’ve done our best to list the relevant qualifications applicants might bring to this job below, but the list isn’t exhaustive—we highly encourage you to share with us other experiences and qualifications you have that may be valuable to this role.
We strongly encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds to apply. Research shows that underrepresented applicants often downplay their skills. Even if you believe that your experience doesn’t match the qualifications listed (and we certainly don’t expect candidates to be equally skilled in the areas we’ve listed), we still want to hear from you. Please apply!
We’re looking for someone with:
- A strong track recording of publishing impact-driven journalism that holds institutions accountable on behalf of the public
- 10+ years in a newsroom, or equivalent experience, with experience editing investigative projects and/or managing journalists
- Experience with investigative journalism practices, such as sourcing, leaking, anonymity, data collecting and analysis, FOIA requests, as well as relevant law
- The ability to develop compelling short, medium, and long-form investigative stories, and to teach others how to do the same
- The ability to think deeply about journalistic projects, uphold editorial standards, edit and coach journalists through any part of the reporting and writing process, based on their needs.
- Enthusiasm for thinking and working creatively and collaboratively with journalists, both internally (including with designers, visual journalists, engagement specialists, data journalists, and reporters) and externally (such as in collaboration with other newsrooms)
- A genuine interest in always working to be a better editor and a better manager.
- Data journalism or data analysis experience, as a reporter, editor, or another related role—is a plus. The person in this role will benefit from an understanding of data journalism's values, methods, and particular challenges.
We’ll start reviewing applications on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and will continue to accept and review applications afterward on a rolling basis.
Compensation and benefits
This is a full-time position with an expected salary range of $160,000 to $190,000, plus generous benefits, including paid time off and medical, vision, and dental insurance. Read more about The Markup’s benefits. We also want to encourage your leadership in our field, so we will support attending industry conferences and professional training.
The salary range above is our best estimate, in good faith, of what we expect to pay for this position. Our final salary figure will take into account the candidate’s experience and skills, as well as our commitment to pay our staff equitably.
The Markup is a remote workplace, but employees will be expected to travel from time to time, such as for reporting trips or events.
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