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Award-Winning Investigative News Publication Seeks Editor-in-Chief

The award-winning investigative news publication Capital & Main is seeking a dynamic editor-in-chief to lead its editorial department. The position is based in Los Angeles and offers a great opportunity to join a growing newsroom of passionate, talented journalists.

We are an engaged, inquisitive and highly collaborative staff committed to telling stories about the most important issues of our time. Our newsroom provides an ideal  environment for an experienced, team-oriented journalist who is eager to help shape and guide an evolving news organization.

We are looking for an editor with at least ten years of experience in investigative, narrative and news reporting to lead a small team of highly skilled reporters and editors. We produce both national and California stories that reflect the changing newscycle as well as deep investigative reports and long-form enterprise stories. 

The most important qualifications for this position are:

  • Proven ability to assign and edit a wide range of investigative, news and narrative stories
  • A high level of skill in working with and supporting both veteran and younger reporters
  • Excellent judgment with regards to editorial assignments and content
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and balance a range of responsibilities
  • Outstanding communications skills and experience in managing editorial staff
  • Knowledge of policy, politics and social movements in both Greater Los Angeles and California
  • A strong interest in and commitment to social-impact journalism including coverage of economic inequality and climate change.

The editor-in-chief oversees all editorial content for Capital & Main and is responsible for ensuring that the publication produces between 20 and 30 stories a month. This includes news and news analysis, investigative stories, narrative articles, data analysis, interviews and multimedia content. The editor works closely with the managing editor, multimedia editor and staff writers as well as the publisher, fact-checkers and proof-readers. Stories are written both by staff reporters and freelance contributors. 

People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position, which offers a salary of $125,000 and excellent benefits. Please send a resume and cover letter to dfeingold@capitalandmain.com.

About Capital & Main

Founded in 2013, Capital & Main reports on economic inequality as well as race, climate change, immigration, education and health issues, both in California and nationally. Our stories are co-published in a wide range of outlets, including USA Today, Newsweek, the Guardian, Fast Company, the American Prospect and many others. In 2020, Capital & Main produced the largest American reporting project on inequality, with nearly 100 stories over the course of 12 months, and also launched a major new reporting initiative last year on climate change as well as two original podcasts on COVID-19. In 2020 the publication won more than 40 awards from a range of regional and national contests, including Online Journalist of the Year and Best News Website Exclusive to the Internet (Southern California Journalism Awards). 

 


How to Pitch to Capital & Main

Help us cover some of the most consequential issues of our time. The award-winning investigative news publication Capital & Main is seeking to work with journalists of diverse backgrounds, freelance photographers, and graphic designers.

We welcome pitches from freelance journalists of color who are interested in covering income inequality, climate change, the green economy, housing, health care, public education, immigration, race, and criminal justice.

What you need to know about us:

Founded in 2013, Capital & Main reports on inequities related to class, race, immigration, gender, corporate accountability, climate change and energy, education and health, both in California and nationally.

Our stories are co-published in a wide range of outlets, including USA Today, Newsweek, the Guardian, Fast Company and the American Prospect. In 2020, Capital & Main produced the largest American reporting project on inequality, with nearly 100 stories over the course of 12 months. We also launched a major new reporting initiative on climate change as well as two original podcasts on COVID-19. Last year the publication won more than 40 regional and national awards, including Online Journalist of the Year and Best Internet-Only News Website in Southern California.

We are a small team but we work with a wide range of freelance writers and photographers from all backgrounds.

Pitch FAQs**

**Due to the high volume of pitches Capital & Main receives, we can only respond to those story proposals we decide to accept. Capital & Main will reply within one business week of receipt of an accepted pitch.

Where do I send my pitches?
Send your pitches to stories@capitalandmain.com.

If  you are a videographer, photographer or a graphic designer please send your pitch and contact information to Marco Amador at camador@capitalandmain.com.

When should I pitch?
We publish daily and accept pitches all the time.

Do you accept opinion or personal essays?
Not from first-time writers, unless we specifically commission one.

I’m ready to pitch, what do you need from me?
Email stories@capitalandmain.com with your full name, contact information, links to past work experience, and a summary of your story idea with a rough word count and the sources/research you plan to use.

If  you are a videographer, photographer or a graphic designer please send your pitch and contact information to Marco Amador at camador@capitalandmain.com.

How to pitch

Send your pitches to stories@capitalandmain.com with the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Contact information including email and phone number
  • Link to website(s) that show your past work
  • A very concise summary of your story idea
  • Make sure your story idea fits along the focus of our coverage on inequality related to class, race, immigration, gender, corporate accountability, climate change and energy, education and health.

If  you are a videographer, photographer or a graphic designer please send your pitch and contact information to Marco Amador at camador@capitalandmain.com.

Topics/Stories we seek

At Capital & Main, our freelance journalists report on inequality related to class, race, immigration, gender, corporate accountability, climate change and energy, education and health both in California and nationally.

Your story should include:

  • Anecdotal narratives from everyday people impacted by the issue(s) covered in the story
  • As much original reporting as possible, including remarks from experts, elected leaders, government workers, businesses, etc.
  • Opposing viewpoints
  • Supporting documents; additional data is highly encouraged
  • No anonymous sources

We do not accept:

  • Personal essays, anecdotes
  • Opinion pieces
  • Previously published material 
  • Unfounded hearsay or rumors

Here are some examples of the stories we cover and publish.

Homelessness:
Homeless Deaths in Los Angeles Rose by More than 30% in 2020
Homelessness in Los Angeles Expected to See Dramatic Rise Due to Pandemic
Attacking Homelessness After COVID’S End

Inequality:
California’s Essential Workers Get Bumped Down Vaccination Line
Data Reveals Dramatic Gap Between COVID Vaccinations and COVID Deaths Among Latinos in L.A. County
As Los Angeles COVID Vaccines Roll Out, Black and Latino Cases Surge

Environment:
City Sued for Letting Charter School Dodge Environmental Rules
Environmentalists Demand Gavin Newsom Join Biden’s Halt of Oil and Gas Drilling
Possible Exide Plant Sale Alarms Residents, Environmentalists

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