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Religion Unplugged is Hiring

JOB TITLE:  Managing Editor of ReligionUnplugged.com

REPORTS TO:  Executive Director of The Media Project / Executive Editor of Religion Unplugged

WORKS CLOSELY WITH: Media Project advisory board, Fieldstead & Co., MPJI.

LOCATION: New York City 

EMPLOYEE TYPE: Full-time    Start Date: June 15

 

OVERVIEW OF POSITION:

Looking for an ambitious editor to lead a soon-to-be launched web site called ReligionUnplugged.com (formerly www.TheMediaProject.org), helping to build a large audience and develop revenue streams and manage a large network of contributors. Knowledge of religion and interest in religion as a journalistic and intellectual topic is of utmost importance. Interest and knowledge of international affairs and news as it intersects with religion is also extremely important. Managing editor will act as a player/coach, reporting and writing some stories as well as editing a network of contributors (both news and commentary). The editor will need to manage an intern and sometime 1-2 other full-time reporters and editors. The position can involve some travel and involvement in other areas of activity (depending on the candidate’s skill sets and interests) for Religion UnPlugged and The Media Project such as: podcast work, video production, international reporting, international journalism education / training programs and journalism training programs at The King’s College in NYC. Pays $50,000 per year plus benefits. (Bonus or raise potential after hitting key goals and targets.) 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee every aspect of the ReligionUnplugged.com web site under the direction of executive editor. Wake up every day with a passion to make ReligionUnplugged the most vibrant and important site and platform for religion reporting on the planet. 

  • Commission and edit original journalistic news and feature stories for our web site from correspondents around the world (3-6 pieces per week). Administer pay for these pieces as well. 

  • Edit and republish commentary and reporting from six or so key contributors that allow the site to republish their work. 

  • Think creatively on how to maintain and gain traffic for the content. Look for and recruit talent to provide original and republished work for our site on our key topics.  

  • Manage the automated newsletter of headlines for ReligionUnplugged with the goal of growing the list of recipients to 100,000 people and institutions, including many who might want to re-publish the stories in their publications and web sites. 

  • Produce and distribute monthly In300 words newsletters for program constituents (writing the monthly In300 words newsletter with Executive Director. But you edit and send out).

  • Manage the TMP database of 1,400 + international journalists, keeping accurate records and notes on new contacts. Working with the Executive Director to grow and manage and grow the network and database. 

  • Be open to teach some topics in journalism to working journalists, student journalists and faculty members in foreign or domestic locations. Possible travel once a year for such purposes. 

  • Manage social media content for the news organization on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Be willing to travel at least 2-3 times per year for reporting, conferences or training programs.

  • Be a consistent presence five days a week in the downtown NY office. 

  • Be a creative thinker with a knack for spotting, pursuing and executing story angles that other publications don’t see. 

  • Be an extremely organized and thorough editor who can see ahead of stories, execute coverage and gain audience and traffic because of your anticipation of news and events on our coverage zone. 

  • Be open to developing younger reporters, managing interns, mentoring young people and helping to build journalism and media program capacity with MPJI at The King’s College. Being willing to teach an occasional seminar or semester-long course (extra pay from King’s provided for these functions).

  • Consider revenue generating ideas, strategies and proposals for the web site and organization. 

  • Consider audience building ideas, strategies and proposals for the web site and organization. 

  •  Be a tech-forward person, who can think and navigate and execute ideas and stories and coverage with good design, photography, multimedia storytelling.

 

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Entrepreneurial mindset and background

  • Experience in journalism and/or journalism education. Roughly 3-years experience is preferred. 

  • Proficient in Excel and Microsoft Office Suite

  • Expertise with AP Style and professional journalistic writing and editing skills. Proven ability to write, and rigorously edit, copy-edit journalistic content.

  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of The Media Project

  • Excellent general writing and speaking skills

  • Able to move fluidly between details and big picture, to think strategically and to execute plans in a creative, resourceful and orderly manner. 

  • Strong organizational skills. 

  • Ability to mentor younger writers and reporters with aplomb and grace.

  • Interest in religion journalism and the role of religion in public life.

STRONGLY DESIRED SKILLS:

  • Experience with web design, social media marketing, email marketing, computer programming, and Adobe creative suite are a plus.

  • An interest in new media skills and training. 

  • An interest or capacity for fundraising and grant-writing. 

  • An interest in or capacity for mentorship and discipleship. 

  • Fluency in one or more foreign languages

  • Experience traveling or living in foreign cultures