We’re hiring an accomplished newsroom leader to serve as The Texas Tribune’s editor-in-chief. This visionary journalist will guide us as we produce top-flight daily, investigative, data and multimedia reporting and plan must-see live events consistent with our public-service mission: to inform and engage Texans about Texas politics, public policy and matters of statewide concern.
This is both an inside and outside role. In addition to owning our strategic thinking about the Tribune’s multi-platform editorial output, the editor-in-chief will be a key member of our senior management team, with responsibility for budgeting and priority-setting in close concert with the product and revenue teams. And the editor-in-chief will be a public figure, hosting events and representing the Tribune and our industry at conferences and in speeches around the country and the world.
Our job as journalists is no different at the Tribune than it is elsewhere: It’s to search for the truth and tell people what we find. It’s to hold elected and appointed officials and taxpayer-funded institutions accountable regardless of party or ideology. And it’s to tee up for people in their busy lives the things they should stop and pay attention to. This is important always, but especially at the end of a year like this one — when Texans have endured a once-in-a-generation pandemic, a once-in-a-generation economic downturn, a once-in-a-generation reckoning over systemic racism, and a once-in-a-generation winter storm all at once.
What makes this job different than others is Texas. The cliché about everything being bigger here extends to the issues and personalities we cover. We have the most contiguous miles with the Mexican border and the most uninsured residents of any state. We produce the most crude oil of any state. We have 10 percent of the nation’s public school students. We have a proud tradition of suing the feds at the drop of a hat. Our current state budget is more than a quarter of a trillion dollars, and our economy is among the world’s largest. We’re about to add two more congressional seats. We have a couple of possible presidential candidates in 2024. And on and on.
Most important, our population is among the nation’s fastest-growing and is predicted to nearly double, from 29 million to 54 million, between now and 2050. We’re an incredibly diverse state — we’ll soon be Latino-majority — and we’re rapidly urbanizing. This churn highlights the social and physical infrastructure challenges we face as we work to set the table of opportunity for all.
Here’s what you should know about the Tribune. From day one we’ve had disruption, innovation and risk-taking in our DNA. We’re ambitious as all get out but still have the punch-above-your-weight mentality of a scrappy start-up. We believe we can meet the demands of our audience and our own expectations for excellence without breaking the bank — or our staff. We understand not everything is a story for us — we have to make choices — but we’re always looking to expand our boundaries. We’re nonprofit because the challenging economic reality for media these days obligates us to find a different way, reliable and sustainable, to fund serious journalism. We’re nonpartisan because we live in the United States of Confirmation Bias — and we don’t need to be part of the problem. We don’t need to be yet another source of information affirming the voices and perspectives that are already in people’s heads. At the same time, nonpartisan is not non-thinking. We call B.S. when B.S. needs to be called.
Also: We believe the best way to achieve our mission is to best resemble the state we cover. We’re serious about building an inclusive newsroom for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for the editor-in-chief job, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
After 11 years in operation, we’re rightly celebrated as a success, as a best-practices lab for the evolution and transformation of the news business, but we don’t run in place. Our revenue is greater this year than last, and will be even greater next year. Same for our audience and staff size. Join us — lead us — as we launch ahead into the next 11 years and beyond.
This job is full time and has the following benefits:
- medical, vision and dental insurance
- a cellphone stipend
- 20 days of paid time off each year
- up to 16 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
- 401(k) matching
- support for professional training and attending industry conferences
How to apply:
Please submit your application here by June 11, 2021. Email Tribune CEO Evan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We can’t wait to hear from you.