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Midwest Editor, Local



Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Quick take: Axios is dedicated to providing trustworthy, award-winning news content in an audience-first format. Axios Local now publishes daily newsletters in 30 cities across America. We are hiring a Midwest Editor to bolster our team in the region, which currently includes 7 cities: Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Des Moines, Detroit, Indianapolis and the Twin Cities.

Why it matters: This individual will work with a regional editor, other Midwest editors and reporters across the region to guide Axios’ coverage in the Midwest, connecting the dots between local, national, and global developments to help readers make sense of the narratives shaping their lives in their local communities.

Go deeper: We are looking for someone who cares deeply about the future of local news and is obsessed with innovative new ways to reimagine it. The ideal candidate will edit big-picture items from cities across the Midwest, be able to spot trends across the region and work comfortably in a remote-first environment. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Oversee and edit the production of daily local news coverage in Axios Local's cities in the Midwest.
  • Help conceive larger data-driven and analytical stories that are relevant across the Midwest with connections to national stories of importance.
  • Assist with research on important topics, events, and trends driving the conversation in the Midwest.
  • Write stories and newsletter items in partnership with reporters when needed.
  • Manage several reporters in cities across the Midwest.

The details: Ideal candidates will embody an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for Axios’ mission and have the following skills and qualities:

  • Preferably is located in the Midwest (and is comfortable arguing about its boundaries).
  • Proven editing experience in a fast-paced newsroom. (Experience editing daily newsletters is a plus.)
  • A deep understanding of the Midwest and how Axios Local's core coverage areas of politics, business, tech and culture impact the region.
  • Ability to assign and manage multiple stories at once.
  • Confidence working in a remote-first environment.
  • Experience managing reporters at varying levels of seniority.
  • A belief in Smart Brevity as the core style of Axios.

What Axios brings to the table besides salary:

  • 401(k) with employer match
  • Robust PPO and High Deductible health insurance options on the Blue Cross Blue Shield network
  • Employer Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution for the high deductible health plan option
  • Dental and vision coverage
  • Primary caregiver 12-week paid leave
  • Generous vacation policy, plus holidays
  • One mental health day per quarter
  • Annual learning and development stipend
  • $100 monthly work-from-home stipend
  • Tele-mental health services through Headspace
  • OneMedical membership, including tele-health services
  • Personal health advocacy resources through HealthAdvocate
  • Inclusive fertility, hormonal health and family forming benefits through Carrot Fertility
  • Access to the Axios “Family Fund”, which was created to allow employees to request financial support when facing financial hardship or emergencies
  • Increased work flexibility for parents and caretakers
  • Virtual company-sponsored social events
  • A strong and positive work environment
  • A commitment to an open, inclusive, and diverse work culture

Starting salary for this role is in the range of $88,000 -$105,000 and is dependent on numerous factors, including but not limited to location, work experience, and skills. This range does not include other compensation benefits.

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