The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute seeks a Senior Editor

Full- or part-time position

About The Investigative Fund

The Investigative Fund’s mission is to produce high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. We seek to bring underreported stories to light, cultivate diverse journalistic talent, and create a home for independent journalism that serves the public. We enable independent investigative reporters to produce deeply reported journalism for a wide variety of print, broadcast and digital media outlets by providing them with editorial guidance, institutional support and funds to cover their travel, time and other reporting costs. Investigative Fund stories have sparked Congressional investigations, federal indictments, and more; they have also won some of journalism’s top honors.

The Investigative Fund is a project of The Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center, which is also home to a book imprint, Nation Books; a journalism fellowship program; TomDispatch; a journalism internship program; and other media projects.

Job Description

The Senior Editor will be responsible for directing the Ida B. Wells Fellowship program, a new initiative launched in 2016 to promote diversity in journalism. By mentoring reporters of color and other diverse reporters on their first in-depth investigative projects, this editor will have the opportunity to make a meaningful intervention in the careers of emerging reporters and to contribute to diversifying the field of investigative journalism.

Running the Ida B. Wells program is currently a half-time position. We are equally open to structuring the position as a full-time post, with additional editorial duties.

The Senior Editor will be responsible for:

• Providing intensive, hands-on guidance to four fellows each year as they fashion their investigative projects; develop their reporting plans; plan field reporting, source cultivation, interviews, and document acquisition; and shape their story narratives
• Commissioning and overseeing additional projects from fellowship alums
• Developing a vision for the program’s growth and expansion
• Overseeing an outreach plan to attract diverse fellowship applicants, and expanding our diverse team of outside nominators and mentors
• Coordinating an application and editorial review process
• Working closely with the fellows to place their stories in appropriate partner outlets and guiding them through early drafts
• Participating in routine editorial meetings as part of the Investigative Fund team
• Participating in development activities related to the fellowship program

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion for diversifying journalism; strong reporting, writing, editing, and organizational skills; and sound editorial judgment. We seek candidates with experience reporting or editing feature-length work, reporting or editing investigative journalism, and mentoring reporters of color. We seek candidates who can thrive as part of a small, hardworking team with a deep commitment to seeing ambitious projects reach fruition.

If you can imagine passionately guiding this new project, please send a resume, cover letter, references, and a writing sample by December 13 to:

Taya Kitman, executive director, The Nation Institute, 116 E. 16th St., 8th floor, New York, NY 10003, or by email to, with the subject line: Ida B. Wells.

This is a unionized position, with generous health, retirement, vacation, parental leave and flex-time benefits. The editor will be based out of our offices at New York City’s Union Square.

The Nation Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are particularly encouraged to apply.