Managing Editor, The Imprint

Company: Fostering Media Connections
Location: Remote (Georgia preferred)
Compensation: $75,000 annually

Summary of Position

The Imprint, a news site published by the nonprofit Fostering Media Connections, is actively recruiting a managing editor to launch and manage a new Georgia bureau and to assist in national coverage. The managing editor will work closely with the executive editor, two associate editors and a growing team of eight reporters nationwide. Preferred candidates will be eager to join a close-knit, collaborative virtual newsroom, someone as committed to journalistic excellence as they are to our coverage areas: the foster care and youth justice systems. We encourage people from historically marginalized communities to apply.

Candidates must have demonstrable experience in reporting, news writing and editing. Primary responsibilities will include closely managing stories from inception through publication and meeting regularly with the newsroom to ensure deadlines are met. Edited copy must be accurate, readable and maintain our journalistic standards of providing unique content that is a public service to the children, youth and families who center our coverage.

A mix of skills is required for this job: The ability to deftly edit quick-turn daily news stories, as well as working with reporters over weeks or months developing richly reported, in-depth enterprise pieces. Investigative reporting skills are also desired. 

Preferred candidates will have experience covering, knowledge about, or deep interest in child welfare and youth justice systems. Candidates must have sensitivity to racial, social and historical injustice, and feel comfortable working closely with content that delves into the physical, emotional and psychological toll of this nation’s past; trauma is a common theme at the heart of our reporting. Preferred candidates will also be adept at tackling dense public policy, legal issues and complex reforms. The ideal candidate is deeply familiar with the Southeast and has a network of professional contacts and sources that will help establish our Georgia bureau. 

This is an exceptional opportunity for a journalist with reporting and editing experience interested in facilitating coverage of one of the most vital but under-covered topics in U.S. media today. High standards for our coverage is key: Our work is co-published by Indigenous media outlets, daily newspapers and other nonprofit news outlets across the country. We seek a managing editor who provides deep edits when needed, but always in a constructive, positive way, as well as someone who is interested in mentoring and nurturing reporters’ talent at various stages of their careers. Candidates should share our belief that a diverse and inclusive newsroom, and diverse sources and subjects, are vital to all news coverage.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Helping to establish The Imprint’s first-ever Georgia bureau. Related duties will include assisting with recruiting and hiring a Georgia child welfare reporter, finding a co-working space (if located in Georgia), and surveying the beat for initial sources and stories to launch the reporter
  • Editing stories from conception through drafts ready for the copy editor, including initial restructures and final-stage line editing
  • Assisting in story development, sourcing, backgrounding 
  • Developing story leads and assigning stories
  • Reviewing all written work for accuracy, content, breadth, depth, diversity of sources and readability
  • Meeting daily through video conference and phone calls with reporters and other editors, and keeping stories on track by assisting reporters to meet deadlines 
  • Editing op-ed submissions to The Imprint
  • Maintaining and pursuing co-publishing opportunities with other media outlets.
  • Helping to produce weekly and monthly newsletters

Required Qualifications:

  • Background in news reporting and writing
  • At least three years’ editing experience at a news outlet
  • Ability to communicate effectively with reporters during the editing process, offering supportive guidance and making specific suggestions for improvements in a constructive manner
  • Working knowledge of AP style and LexisNexis
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including consistent responsiveness
  • Attention to detail and accuracy 
  • ​​Excellent news-gathering, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Ability to provide deep edits and move reporters through multiple versions of stories
  • Strong organization and time-management skills; ability to prioritize and juggle multiple stories
  • Ability to assist reporters with research, including public records searches, backgrounding
  • Track record with enterprise, watchdog and accountability stories
  • Willingness to engage with early-career journalists from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to work closely through remote means with executive editor and associate editors despite geographical distance.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Background in child welfare, youth criminal justice and/or social issues reporting
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or a related field
  • Appreciation for and/or understanding of nonprofit journalism industry
  • Currently reside in Georgia, preferred but not required
  • Skills with longform, investigative stories 
  • Management or supervisory experience

    Organizational Summary
    The Imprint is a program of Fostering Media Connections (FMC), a nonprofit news organization that publishes media and journalism to lead conversations about children, youth, and families in the United States.

    FMC publishes a daily news site, The Imprint, and a print magazine, Fostering Families Today. Both have won numerous awards, and have impacted policy on the local, state and federal level. 

    FMC is also home to Youth Voices Rising, a program that trains youth who have experienced homelessness, the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems on the basics of journalism so they can take a more prominent position in the policy discourse that shapes their lives.

    Compensation and Benefits: The salary for this position is $75,000 annually. FMC provides two weeks of PTO per year, plus two personal days and a generous holiday schedule that includes an extended, paid winter break. FMC also offers subsidized health insurance and a matching retirement plan.

    If this sounds like a great fit for you, please submit your application here: Be sure to include writing samples that provide us with pre-edited and post-edited copy. 

    Inquiries may be sent to [email protected].

    Fostering Media Connections is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. FMC does not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind in the workplace. Applicants of all ages are encouraged to apply.