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Environment Editor


Job ID: 6670
Job Views: 356
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Postal Code: 64111
Job Category: Newspapers
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: commensurate with experience per year
Posted: 11.11.2021

Job Description

Environment Editor

The National Catholic Reporter, the country's premiere, fully independent, lay-run Catholic news organization, is hiring an editor for EarthBeat, the NCR project focused on the climate crisis. The Environment Editor reports to the executive editor and works with other editors and members of the editors team to help NCR make a major impact on the interfaith conversation about the climate crisis at a critical time in the history of the church, the country and the world. The job does not require residence in Kansas City, where NCR is based.

The Environment Editor will be expected to:

  • Set the strategic direction of EarthBeat within the overall framework of NCR by maintaining expertise in the area of faith, environmental activism and the climate crisis, and by developing coverage plans for innovative coverage of the beat.
  • Commission writers (including staff writers, NCR interns and freelance writers), review and edit manuscripts, and provide feedback on articles being considered for publication.
  • Edit and occasionally post breaking and/or wire stories using a Drupal content management system.
  • Write articles and editorials in the area(s) of expertise.
  • Collaborate with NCR and Global Sisters Report editors and teams.
  • Interact regularly on social media platforms that grow traffic and reach across generations as well as work with production and engagement editors to expand EarthBeat's presence on social media and with multimedia content.
  • As part of editors team, contribute to planning and implementation of website redesign and content management upgrade/switch.
  • Explore multimedia forms of storytelling, including video and podcasting.
  • Represent EarthBeat and NCR in the wider community of religion journalists and climate activists and scholars through speaking engagements, at conferences and through media appearances.
  • Work from a home base and through pre-approved travel.
  • Maintain high standards of accuracy, accountability and integrity.
  • Other duties as assigned by executive editor.

To apply:

Interested parties should submit a cover letter explaining their interest and describing their qualifications. Please include a resume with career history and three writing samples. Women and journalists of color are encouraged to apply. 

Position will be full-time, carries benefits and salary will be commensurate with experience.

National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for its employees. Reasonable accommodations or exemption will be considered for medical-related or sincerely held religious objections.

All communications will be treated confidentially. All nominations, applications and inquiries should be directed electronically to jobs@ncronline.org by Nov. 29, 2021. 

The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate in the hiring process on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, color, age, national origin/ethnicity or religion. 

Organizational overview:

The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company is a non-profit, independent, lay-led news organization that reports on the Catholic Church and wider moral issues facing the human family. It publishes the National Catholic Reporter bi-monthly in print and daily at NCRonline.org. It also publishes Global Sisters Report and EarthBeat online. These publications are committed to shaping a world that recognizes the sacredness and dignity of every human being, regardless of religious belief, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation. Throughout our history, NCR has been a voice for the voiceless, disadvantaged and marginalized. It has held authority, secular or religious, accountable.


Job Requirements

The ideal candidate for this position will be able to demonstrate:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, five years' experience reporting on Catholic and/or environmental issues, with a known range of contacts in the field.
  • A successful track record of editorial leadership.
  • Experience with environmental coverage, either as a reporter or editor.
  • Knowledge of the Catholic Church, especially Catholic social teaching and the history of the church's involvement with environmental issues.
  • Experience as an assigning editor on a variety of story forms including breaking news, profiles, investigations and interactive formats.
  • Capacity to achieve fluency in a content management system (NCR currently uses Drupal).
  • Ability to work collegially with a geographically dispersed staff.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Capacity to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly; a permanent residence in or near a major urban center is a plus.


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