Careers

Publication: Soapbox Cincinnati
Open position: Managing Editor 
Date: May 2, 2022

 
Are you passionate about the future of the Cincinnati region? Are you plugged into the people, places, and projects shaping and transforming our community?
 
Issue Media Group (IMG)  is seeking a creative and energetic self-starter to fill the role of managing editor for one of Cincinnati’s earliest digital-first publications, Soapbox Cincinnati. Ideal candidates will have previous professional digital storytelling experience or be a recent graduate with relevant qualifications and work experience and samples. Candidates should have a passion for finding interesting stories and be able to perform under the parameters of deadline requirements. Check out our publications and tell us how you and your work can help achieve our editorial vision for Soapbox.
 
The ideal candidate will have experience writing and editing high-quality magazine-style features and news stories; experience in online journalism, social media and solutions journalism; and an interest in community and social issues including economic development, diversity, social justice, housing innovations, environment and sustainability, healthy communities and entrepreneurship. Preferred candidates are based in the Cincinnati region and have a good grasp of the area’s neighborhoods, challenges and opportunities.
 
This candidate will also bring a willingness to learn and experiment, a collaborative spirit, a knack for spotting emerging trends, and connections to thought leaders and creative talent.
 
Managing Editor responsibilities may include:

· Drive the editorial vision and IMG mission (process, standards, etc.)
· Manage the publication's editorial calendar identifying and assigning story ideas/topics
· Edit stories (including special project and partner content)
· Regularly contribute features and news stories
· Proofread and publish stories in CMS
· Write and publish email newsletters to subscribers
· Support editorial advisory and engaged journalism gatherings
· Identify, develop and engage a diverse base of freelance talent
· Manage monthly editorial budget
· Support social media efforts
· Collaborate regularly with Issue Media Group local and national leadership on new initiatives including audience development
 
This position is currently a contract role. If you are interested, please get in touch with our team.
 
In your application, please include your resume, cover letter and links to 2-3 clips and an idea or two for stories you would like to see in Soapbox. Feel free to include links to your blog, Twitter, Instagram, website or other social channels.

Please submit your application by 5/26/2022 to publisher Patrice Watson at [email protected] ​​.
 
IMG is committed to fostering and preserving a culture of inclusion and diversity. View Issue Media Group’s Commitment to Diversity here. Everyone is encouraged to apply. 
 
ABOUT ISSUE MEDIA GROUP

Incorporated in 2005 in Detroit, Michigan, Issue Media Group (IMG) operates a national network of online media outlets leveraging the power of solutions-based journalism and narrative storytelling to advance community change. Our publications aim to connect readers to their communities’ most visionary and innovative people, businesses and organizations—fostering civic capacity, improving narrative around issues and increasing community attachment during a time of local media erosion. We work with like-minded and cross-sector stakeholders who have shared values and missions through an underwriting model of publishing. Our journalists engage the community through regular editorial advisories, events, and conversations to build trusted relationships with leaders and residents that shape the community’s unique stories. 

Current Issue Media Group assets include over 220 community partners, 3.8 million annual readers, 186,000 emails, 126,000 social media followers and an annual content reach exceeding 7.6 million.

IMG's work has been recognized and supported by leading journalism organizations nationally including INC Magazine, Knight Foundation, Facebook, Lenfest Institute, Google, Solutions Journalism Network, Ground Source, Cincinnati SPJ and both Ohio and Michigan Society for Professional Journalists. 
 
You can learn more about Issue Media Group and our network of publications at www.issuemediagroup.com.