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Project Editor

The Philadelphia Inquirer |  Philadelphia | Other

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The Philadelphia Inquirer is a public benefit corporation owned by the nonprofit Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Together, we’re at the center of a critical mission to create a lasting future for ambitious, engaging, and useful local journalism. We’re doing this, in part, by deepening our connection with the communities we serve. Our integrated digital and print platforms are the Philadelphia region’s largest media network. We’re passionate about building a sustainable model for indispensable local journalism, and we take pride in finding diverse, dynamic, and talented individuals to help push our team forward.

Job Summary

The Inquirer is seeking a detail-oriented and innovative editor to lead a collaborative reporting project focused on the critically important issue of The Future of Work in Philadelphia. In this role, the Editor will spearhead a one-year, grant-funded project focusing on how the city and region can create more family-sustaining jobs as well as exploring potential solutions for stronger job creation for the working- and middle class against a backdrop of epic change spawned by the coronavirus pandemic.


The project is designed to provide reporting on best practices across the country as well as help shape the rapidly-evolving local and national conversation about the future of work. The goal is to  explore the public policy, political and cultural dynamic in Philadelphia to help citizens as well as business and government leaders better understand the problem and potential solutions.

This news initiative will be supported by existing talent in the Inquirer newsroom and product team as well as content partners in Philadelphia’s vibrant news ecosystem. This force multiplier effect will allow the content to be distributed across multiple channels to reach a larger, more diverse audience.


We are looking for a proven leader who can manage a project of this scope in a way that combines strong digital journalism skills, extensive data analysis acumen and superb reporting, writing and editing to shed light on this critical issue. The editor will need to work collaboratively with the partnering newsrooms and Inquirer product team.


What You’ll Do

  • Develop the coverage plan for this yearlong grant-funded project
  • Report, write and edit stories on the subject of the future of work in Philadelphia
  • Report directly to the AME/Health & Business to coordinate coverage
  • Work cross-functionality with reporters across the Newsroom and Product Teams
  • Develop a freelance network with experts on workforce development
  • Collaborate with local media partners
  • Participate in several public events on the subject
  • Document results, milestones and activities of the project

Who We’re Looking For

  • A proven track record of developing and editing projects of this magnitude
  • Experience reporting on the labor/workforce issue in general and the future of work
  • The ability to create a coverage plan that is ambitious and purposeful, and tells stories in a variety of ways on multiple platforms in close collaboration with a product team
  • Significant management experience
  • The ability to edit effectively and quickly as well as strong reporting and writing skills
  • The experience and desire to collaborate with other newsrooms and product teams


Please include the following application materials:

ONE DOCUMENT UPLOAD CONTAINING

    • Resume
    • Cover letter detailing any experience you’ve had with collaborations between newsrooms
    • Examples of your best work and what role you played in elevating past projects
    • A general description of how you would approach the coverage of the project

*We know not everyone reading this will fit exactly what we’ve described. We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it. As an equal opportunity employer, The Inquirer is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to submit an application, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with special needs*

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Other
  • Game Room
  • Work from Home
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Mother Rooms
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Online Trainings
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

What kinds of opportunities exist for technologists at The Philadelphia Inquirer?

It’s a really exciting time to work here. We’re in a unique position right now where we can focus on what we want to do and what we want to build.

Because the industry is changing so fast, there’s a lot to explore and figure out. It’s challenging because it’s completely new territory.

Currently, we’re looking to make 10-15 new hires in Engineering, Design, Product Management, UX Research and Scrum roles.

How can interested job candidates get a better feel for the kind of technical work they might do there?

Visit Inquirer.com. Look at what we’re producing online. We’ve been doing a lot of creative work on the site.

There’s an opportunity to get your hands on so many different types of projects: the website, the app, the digital storytelling of investigative pieces, etc.

What exciting things are happening at the organization these days?

One thing we’ve done recently is to create “The UpSide.” It’s a section of the Sunday Inquirer and Inquirer.com that only features positive stories happening across Philadelphia. It’s a nice way to add light into readers’ lives when the news can feel very heavy.

There’s also been a big push internally for more inclusivity in our reporting. We’re making huge strides to dive into, uncover and report on stories that represent all Philadelphians in all communities. We’re serving an increasingly diverse city and region, and we’re passionate about covering all of it and about making sure our workforce reflects our region.

How does The Inquirer tackle career growth and development?

Though there is no formal structure, we encourage internal growth in many ways.

We love to build from within, from filling roles internally to enabling employees to follow their passions and build new skill sets through mentorship, access to Lynda.com courses, side projects and weekly digital trainings. 

We’ve also just launched our Employee Resource Groups. There is a Women’s, Multicultural, and Volunteer and Veterans’ ERG. It can take shape in many ways. We might bring in speakers, have lunch-and-learns, or host events internally or out in the community. It’s another way for employees to engage, break down workplace silos, get mentorship and professional development, as well as grow in ways you don’t get to on a day-to-day basis at the office.

Tell us about the internal culture at The Inquirer.

We’re mission-driven and that bleeds through every single department. Our goal is always to be the go-to resource for news and information in the greater Philadelphia area. Everyone is very collaborative in that effort. We are all working towards the same goals; it’s very cohesive. 

We have been doing a lot more lately to add some fun and engagement to the office culture. We started First Fridays to encourage people to mingle and get to know one another better, as well as established more social activities like ping pong and sports groups.

What is it like to work in a news organization?

It’s a lot of things. It’s hectic and takes a lot of hard work. But it’s also incredibly inspiring and rewarding. You get to see the impact of your work and the changes that the news you helped deliver has on the community.

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