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Communities and Engagement Coverage Editor

Job ID: 7126
Job Views: 1651
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Job Category: Newspapers,Online | New Media,Publishing
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 05.04.2022

Job Description

The Coverage Editor, Communities and Engagement will focus on connecting, engaging, and deepening relationships with communities in Philadelphia, by producing experiential content across a variety of platforms. Part of the newly formed Communities & Engagement desk, the Coverage Editor, Communities and Engagement works hand-in-hand with the Senior Editor of the desk, and thinks strategically about how the desk can best collaborate with product and audience to better serve communities in Philadelphia. 

The C&E desk is highly collaborative, and the Coverage Editor, Communities and Engagement will serve as an important part of the team, helping to forge a style of community-centered, participatory journalism unique to the Inquirer. 

What You Will Do:

  • Foster trust and build relationships between the C&E Desk and communities by developing and growing a portfolio of experiential content that encompasses a variety of forms, both virtual and IRL.

  • Plan and coordinate daily, weekly and monthly engagement efforts, and work closely with the Senior Editor to establish and maintain the
    desk’s quarterly “Soapbox Salon”— 60-75 community leaders and members who were part of the desk’s initial listening tour and whose
    ongoing participation helps co-define and co-design our efforts. 

  • With communities, establish feedback loops that deepen and maintain engagement, and offer insights and learnings for editorial, audience,
    marketing, and product.

  • Develop benchmarks for community participation in events (virtual and IRL), establish and track measures of impact, growth, and audience
    change for experiential content.

  • Work with marketing on strategic partnerships with BIPOC organizations, universities, and community groups.

  • Partner with the audience and product teams to identify and develop unique desk initiatives with community growth in mind.

  • Edit freelance and contributor content; edit staff content on an as-needed basis.

  • Coordinate translation process across desks; produce and publish translated work; curate translated pieces for weekly newsletter.

Job Requirements

What We Are Looking For:

  • A strong commitment to community engagement, deep listening, and centering community voices and experiences.

  • A service-minded journalist who knows Philadelphia understands the historic and ongoing trauma and barriers in many of its communities, and
    is committed to producing journalistic content that goes beyond mere representation.

  • A sophisticated and innovative digital communicator who also understands the value of face-to-face and in-person relationship- and

  • A strategic thinker who can articulate and execute a clear vision for journalistic engagement teamwide, and adjust that vision as news, staffing,
    and changing audience needs merit.

  • A big-picture, big-story thinker with an eye for detail and a heart for teamwork.

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