Hi! We’re Prism—a community of journalists, experts, truth-tellers, and justice seekers committed to delivering in-depth and thought-provoking news and analysis, by and for communities of color.

Want to join us? We’re hiring! Read on to learn more about our Editorial Director (full-time) role and check out our Jobs page for additional opportunities.

As a nonprofit, independent news outlet led by people of color and anchored in communities of color, Prism reports truth to power. Our coverage informs and animates the fight for justice at every point where power is built—from grassroots movements, to policy change, to lasting shifts in our culture. Activists, thought leaders, decision-makers, and all those who believe in justice for all come to Prism for deep reporting and honest insights on the most pressing injustices of our time—delivered through the lens of those who are most impacted.

While we are headquartered in California, we are a fully-remote team—with staff member locations ranging from the Bay Area, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and the US South.

About the role

Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Director oversees Prism’s day-to-day newsroom operations, including content management, program management, and staff supervision. This role directly supervises our Copy Editor, News Editor, and Features Editor.

The Editorial Director supports the Editor-in-Chief’s vision for Prism, which includes:

  • Getting to the second-day read for breaking news stories faster
  • Developing more consistent voices in opinion/analysis/commentary
  • Driving more regular follow-through on ongoing stories

While our Editor-in-Chief is tasked with setting editorial strategy (e.g., coverage priorities including major events/issues/news we want to tackle, newsroom-wide projects we want to undertake, and high-level story assignment), Prism is looking for an Editorial Director who can complement our Editor-in-Chief’s vision-making by handling the day-to-day execution of editorial priorities, overseeing the news and features desks, and collaborating with other directors on cross-disciplinary projects. This position does not directly manage reporters.

As Editorial Director and newsroom leader, you will:

  • Oversee the main editorial calendar and scheduling in conjunction with the News and Features editors
  • Manage the execution and rollout of series and special projects
  • Set and execute on daily news priorities in conjunction with the Editor-in-Chief, including curation of the homepage and newsletters
  • Deliver top edits and final reviews on stories from both News and Features departments
  • Oversee key editorial initiatives, such as Prism’s Reflective Journalism Project
  • Manage the newsroom freelance and contributing writers budgets with tracking and assigning done by News Editor and Features Editor
  • Act as primary newsroom liaison to the operations and audience teams
  • Supervise the Copy Editor, News Editor, and Features Editor

Starting salary will be between $90-100K.

This role is a salaried, full-time position with benefits. Like all of Prism’s team, this role is fully remote, and we will consider candidates based anywhere within the U.S.

Prism offers a generous benefits package including:
– 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance
– six weeks paid vacation per year
– nine paid holidays per year
– 70 hours paid sick leave per year
– 401(k) match
– professional development support
– home office stipend

Prism has a 36-hour workweek, with half-day Fridays. All staff are provided with a loaned MacBook Air, AirPods, and additional tech as needed.

Our approach

From everyday readers to movement leaders, we help people to see the full story of injustice, and to better understand what is broken, how to fix it, and who’s leading the way.

Our coverage deeply explores issues of racial justice, mass incarceration and policing, workers’ rights, gender justice, immigration, electoral justice, and the climate emergency. We report fully and accurately on the most pressing matters of our time by listening to and amplifying the experiences of people impacted by these issues. We’re led by and written for people of color, with a shared commitment to widen the lens on injustice. Prism’s approach to reporting is grounded in trust and relationships, centering the people and communities who experience injustices firsthand. We’re investing in this model by providing a platform for the next generation of journalists, storytellers, and thought leaders of color.

Who we’re looking for

Our ideal Editorial Director is an organized, detail-oriented leader with deep experience in a rapid-paced daily newsroom. The ideal candidate has an intuitive sense of the news that matters to the communities Prism serves, and the skill, passion, and discipline to shepherd content from assignment to publication. We’re looking for someone who has significant newsroom experience, including assigning and editing content and managing projects. The right candidate will be prepared to manage a growing team in a fast-paced environment while helping ramp up production and scope.

As with all our supervisory roles, we are looking for a candidate who is able to model and inspire accountability, attentive and empathetic leadership, trustworthiness and realness, and clear, compassionate communication.

Additional desired qualities include:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the issue areas we cover
  • Strong news judgment and a deep understanding of how best to position Prism’s coverage within the news cycle
  • Experience as an adept editor and strong writer
  • Facility with both short- and long-term planning
  • Flexible and adaptive work style with the ability to thrive in a growing, entrepreneurial, mission-driven environment
  • Project management and process development capability
  • Alignment with Prism’s mission and values

If you see yourself in some of the characteristics we’ve described—even if you may not have the exact experience you think we’re looking for—please reach out! We’d love to hear from you.

To apply

To apply for the Editorial Director (full-time) position, email your resume and cover letter in a single-document PDF to join@prismreports.org with the subject line Editorial Director by the conclusion of Monday, October 11. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Consistent with our mission, we believe the experiences of BIPOC, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and other invisibilized groups should be centered in our work and we encourage people from these identities to apply to join us.

Prism is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, disability, whistleblower status, or any other personal characteristics protected by state or federal law. Prism’s policies and practices are to reflect our commitment to nondiscrimination in all areas of employment.

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