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Futuro Unidad Hinojosa, a unit of Futuro Media, is seeking an experienced Senior Editor to help build and lead our newly formed investigative unit (FUHi) and produce highly impactful multimedia journalism that will hold the powerful to account for the communities we serve.
Futuro Media has a ten-year history of producing award-winning journalistic productions that bring to light topics of great importance to our civic space by centering the human experience. Our multimedia digital newsroom produces award-winning radio and podcast series including Latino USA, In the Thick, and Latino Rebels, as well as the standalone long-form narrative series. We regularly publish online digital reports focused on issues facing diverse communities across the United States and Latin America, as well as video documentaries that delve into the intersection of policy, data and community needs including the acclaimed series America by the Numbers for PBS and Humanizing America for NBC.
We are excited to be adding an investigative unit to our newsroom with the goal of expanding and deepening our reporting efforts across our current media properties, deepening the knowledge and resources available to our reporting teams, and creating new productions with outside partners that align with Futuro’s mission to report on the issues facing diverse communities whose concerns go unreported or that are frequently misreported.
The unit and team will include those who have a background or specific interest in accountability reporting and have specialized skills in procuring public records, data analysis, and connecting with communities to address the concerns they are facing through thorough reporting and narrative storytelling. We will also seek partnerships with other news organizations, community groups to fortify and expand our reporting capacity and impact.
We are specifically interested in NOT mimicking the worst aspects of investigative units that hold themselves above other parts of the organization or above the communities we serve. We want to foster collaboration internally, through training, mentorship, and reporting support, and with the audiences we serve. This effort will build on Futuro’s long-standing relationships with the communities we serve (Latino/a/x, Black, immigrant, Indigenous, LGBTQIA) to develop story ideas and work with them to create new areas of inquiry and data to illuminate issues they face.
Our goal is to define our unique approach to investigative reporting including challenging and interrogating data, centering the human experience, and holding the powerful to account with the people and communities impacted by policy and the powerful.
The Senior Editor will report to the Executive Producer of Futuro Unidad Hinojosa and be a key player in building the unit, establishing its priorities, editorial approach, and processes with the Executive team as well as with Futuro’s editorial leaders.
We are looking for a collaborative leader with an established knowledge of investigative reporting methods and who has experience with crafting powerful stories from complex findings and who can lead our team and be an enthusiastic advisor and collaborator with the journalists throughout our newsroom.
The Senior Editor will lead a unit consisting ultimately of three to four staffers, including Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa, a Senior Producer, an Associate Producer/Researcher, and a full-time Fellow. They will have a budget to hire freelance or consulting reporting talent and secure reporting resources and will work with a unit production manager/coordinator. Our initial goal is to produce two bespoke larger-scale projects per year while providing editorial guidance and resources for projects being reported by Futuro’s other production units.
We are a multimedia organization and much of our work is audio and video-based but we are open to candidates from digital or print who may not have lead audiovisual units but have an appreciation for the mediums and who are highly skilled at leading investigative efforts. First and foremost, we want a person who knows how to build and lead a team, someone who can shepherd projects with journalistic smarts and sensitivity, and who is passionate about mentoring the next generation of dedicated diverse journalists.
We want to hear from candidates who have a passion for the power of community-centered journalism, who have solid investigative skills that they use to challenge systemic issues, and who are equally passionate about creating a work environment that fosters collaboration and growth.
Responsibilities will include:
Staff & Project Management
Managing Internal & External Partnerships
The ideal candidate will have many, if not all, of the following qualifications:
Success in the job will require:
The offices of Futuro Media Group are located in Harlem, New York City and our preferences will be for a candidate who can be based there.
This is a full-time position, inclusive of benefits with a salary range of $90,000-100,000.
DEADLINE AND APPLICATION PROCESS
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Early consideration deadline December 7th, final consideration December 30. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted.
About The Futuro Media Group
The Futuro Media Group is an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Based in Harlem and founded in 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media is committed to creating multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.
Futuro Media is a diverse and equal opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without discrimination.