American Society of Magazine Editors

Deputy Editor at The Trace

The Trace Is Hiring a Deputy Editor

Join our team.

The Trace is an independent, nonprofit news organization, and the only team of journalists dedicated to reporting on guns and gun violence in America. To maximize our impact and reach, we regularly partner with major media outlets.

We are seeking a visionary, hands-on deputy editor to provide day-to-day leadership of our Brooklyn newsroom. At the heart of the job are a trio of big opportunities.

This is a chance to think strategically and work nimbly to marshall short-form coverage that breaks news and deepens public knowledge on an issue of grave consequence. At our present size, we don’t publish every day. The deputy editor will ensure that everything we do publish is great.

The deputy editor will also coach our talented narrative writers and investigative reporters as they pursue indelible feature stories and innovative newsgathering. Recent and forthcoming Trace projects have involved collaborations with well-known magazines and consortiums of TV stations; crowdsourced reporting in hard-to-reach communities; and pioneering records collection and data analyses, to name a few.

Through it all, the deputy editor will be empowered to tackle a central question for single-subject newsrooms: How to use their resources and accumulated issue expertise to deliver the maximum public service.


  • Direct at least four investigative projects or in-depth features with clear impact potential each year
  • Empower The Trace’s senior editors to manage some projects and articles, while personally overseeing and editing others
  • Collaborate with colleagues to identify and secure partnerships with outside newsrooms (we have worked with more than 55 different partners, so far)
  • Motivate staff writers and reporters to identify and execute timely stories between longer-term projects
  • Experiment with new media and storyforms
  • Work with senior editor responsible for audience engagement and growth to refine strategy and execution of social media coverage and newsletters
  • Enlist members of The Trace’s engagement team for story idea generation, crowdsourced reporting, and social media strategy and promotion for investigative projects and features
  • Oversee The Trace’s coverage of mass shootings and other significant news events, identifying opportunities to add value through unique reporting
  • Embody and enforce ethical standards for The Trace’s journalism


The ideal candidate is someone who:

  • Brings a portfolio of editing clips that have generated social impact
  • Sees opportunities, as much as story ideas
  • Loves working with copy, of all lengths
  • Understands that being a highly productive editor also means being a meticulous project manager
  • Can coach writers to improve drafts — or be the rewrite desk, when required
  • Communicates instructions and expectations clearly and absorbs feedback readily
  • Toggles between multiple projects seamlessly
  • Is both self-directed and innately collaborative
  • Deftly packages stories to ensure the biggest possible reach, writing compelling headlines and display text and partnering with colleagues to source dramatic visual elements and custom layouts
  • Has direct experience as an investigative editor or reporter (or is a quick study)
  • Embraces the flexibility and creativity that digital media allows — but is relentless in ensuring the accuracy, fairness, and clarity of every piece they touch

This job is probably not for someone who:

  • Is averse to scrappy, fast-paced, evolving work environments
  • Has a hard time making decisions or enforcing deadlines
  • Struggles to stay organized or juggle multiple priorities
  • Prefers to approach journalism as a solo operator


This position is based in The Trace’s Brooklyn newsroom.

To apply

Please send your resume, a thoughtful cover letter, and three relevant work samples to The deadline to submit materials is June 21, 2018.

The Trace is committed to diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people.

Monday, June 4, 2018
Brooklyn, NY