Deputy Editor

Center for Sustainable Journalism
  • Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jun 18

Position description

The Georgia News Lab and the Center for Sustainable Journalism seek an experienced reporter/editor with at least five years of professional journalism experience to assist with editing duties, general operations and helping to train young, diverse journalists. Familiarity with investigative reporting, data journalism, child welfare, criminal justice or health/science reporting is a plus.

Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.

This full-time staff editor position is multifaceted, with responsibilities split between the News Lab and the Center. Both are housed in the School of Communication & Media at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., an Atlanta suburb.

This is not a remote position. We cannot pay to move you.

For the News Lab, this editor will assist with general operations, help plan and develop investigative projects, mentor and train student journalists and coordinate projects with our professional partners.

Responsibilities include helping to conceive, plan and guide three to six major investigations each year; assist in developing and guiding weekly reporting plans for students, which may include weekly meetings with students; participating in weekly editorial meetings with students and professional partners; advising and counseling students, and assisting with student placement in high-level investigative internships, fellowships and jobs.

For the Center for Sustainable Journalism, this editor will assist the senior editor in all aspects of publication of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) and Youth Today, the Center’s two national publications.

This editor will help oversee long-term regional and national reporting projects, edit daily stories and opinion columns, work with freelance reporters nationwide, help coordinate coverage with the bureau chief in New York and assist with coordination and execution of short-term reporting projects.

This editor will also help coordinate with national photographers and videographers who support reporters by producing standalone videos and photo essays. Editor must be able to edit breaking news and features, and assist seasoned and new reporters through long-form stories.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in journalism, communications or related field.

Applicants need to have excellent interpersonal, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organizational, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills.

The Georgia News Lab is an award-winning investigative reporting collaborative. It is a partnership between the top college journalism programs in Georgia along with two of the leading news outlets in the Southeast, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV. The News Lab’s dual mission is to make the vital work of investigative reporting affordable for news organizations and increase diversity in professional newsrooms.

Through the News Lab’s unique partnership, students learn advanced reporting techniques, work side by side with professional reporters, publish major investigative stories and prepare for careers as investigative journalists. In training a new generation of diverse investigative reporters, the News Lab helps news outlets better serve the public and bring marginalized voices into the public debate.

Youth Today is the only independent news website that's read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field. It covers major trends and issues in the child welfare field, including the foster system, opportunity youth, trauma, substance abuse, after-school and out-of-school time, mental health, federal policy and federal funding. Its readers are direct youth workers, managers of nonprofit and for-profit agencies, operators of faith-based programs and public agencies, academics, lobbyists and government administrators, legislative and executive staff.

JJIE covers youth-related legislation, national reports and topics including reform of the juvenile justice system, community-based alternatives to incarceration, evidence-based practices for helping troubled youth, dual-status kids, the school-to-prison pipeline and racial-ethnic fairness. Its readers are government officials, academics, attorneys, people who work for juvenile justice reform and justice-involved families.

Application instructions

Send your cover letter and resume to Senior Editor Leslie Lapides at [email protected] and to Georgia News Lab Director David Armstrong at [email protected].

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