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Job Opening: Editor-in-Chief

Location: Los Angeles

Salary: $100,000 to $125,000 depending on experience

The award-winning investigative news publication Capital & Main is seeking an editor-in-chief to lead its editorial department beginning in May 2021. The position is based in Los Angeles and offers a great opportunity to join a growing nonprofit newsroom of passionate, talented journalists dedicated to coverage of inequality. 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.

We are looking for an editor with at least 10 years of experience in both investigative and narrative journalism to head a small team of highly skilled reporters and editors. The most important qualifications for this position include:

  • A total of 12 years of experience in watchdog, investigative and narrative journalism, including 5 years of editing experience
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience managing a newsroom is strongly preferred
  • Proven ability to assign and edit a wide range of investigative, news and narrative stories, including breaking news
  • A high level of skill in working with and supporting both veteran and younger reporters, and a strong commitment to working in a collaborative editorial environment
  • Excellent judgment with regards to editorial assignments, content and journalistic ethics
  • A strong interest in and commitment to social-impact journalism including coverage of economic, racial and social inequality

The editor-in-chief oversees all editorial content for Capital & Main and is responsible for ensuring that the publication produces between 25 and 35 stories a month. This includes news, investigative stories, narrative articles, data analysis, interviews and multimedia content. The editor works closely with the publisher, associate editor and multimedia editor as well as fact-checkers and proofreaders. Stories are written both by staff reporters and freelance contributors.

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. 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.

People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. The salary range is $100,000 to $125,000 depending on experience, with excellent benefits. Please send a resume and cover letter no later than April 16 to dfeingold@capitalandmain.com.

 

 

  

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

  • Freelance writers
  • Freelance photographers, videographers
  • Freelance graphic designers

 

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 Steven Mikulan at smikulan@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.

How much do you pay?
We pay photographers per assignment; we pay between $250 and $500, depending on the length of the story.

Are you hiring?
Yes! Check out our careers page to see our open positions.

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 Steven Mikulan at smikulan@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 Steven Mikulan at smikulan@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