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Project Editor

Philadelphia, PA, USA Req #31
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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:


    • 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.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Job Start Date Tuesday, June 30, 2020
  • Job End Date Wednesday, June 30, 2021
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA