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Black tech news and data insights platform, The Plug, is seeking an experienced managing editor with strong editorial sensibility and a background in business or tech news reporting.

The managing editor will be responsible for developing the infrastructure of The Plug’s remote newsroom operations, creating both culture for readers and subscribers, and the editorial and research team supporting content across and it’s social media channels.

As leader of The Plug’s news outfit, the Managing Editor will work closely with the CEO to determine existing and new reporting verticals, investigative projects, and data visualization initiatives that go above and beyond any platform’s coverage of Black innovation.

In addition to managing content production, editing stories, updating the website, and providing direction on social media content, the Managing Editor will take ownership of reaching the following milestones:

-Advance the quality of the reporting and data sets of the stories, edit ruthlessly and improve cadence of stories published for members, subscribers, and licensing partners.
-Double paid subscriber numbers every quarter.
-Build and grow a solid team of reliable freelance reporters nationally and in key international markets.
-Increase The Plug’s publishing cadence from two times per week to daily.
-Develop newsletter strategy and determine role requirements for future hiring.
-Provide effective direction and implement strategy for effectively marketing and promoting stories to gain -maximum visibility of our work.
-Develop strategic partnerships with other publishers for cross-content promotion and deliverability.

Ultimately, bring it every quarter with plans, ideas, and editorial pursuits that go above and beyond, help us to think differently about storytelling and report on what others are missing.

Who We Are

The Plug is a subscription-based digital news and insights platform covering the Black innovation economy.

Launched in 2016 as the first daily tech newsletter, The Plug curated the top news of Black founders and innovators. Today, we investigate and report on Black tech trends, stories, and breaking news, and we do it with the analysis you won’t find elsewhere.

Who You Are

You are a proven strategic leader with stellar communication, writing, copy editing, and project management skills and be able to work on tight deadlines.

You’re a self-starter that always brings your A-game and a positive can-do attitude, to the work day, even when you’re working from home and working across time zones. People enjoy working with you and you elevate every (virtual) room you are in with helpful feedback, analysis, and new ideas.

You possess a curiosity about the world of business, technology, and how these intersect and affect society at large. Diversity, equity and inclusion are part of your core ethos, and you maintain an expansive knowledge and network of corporate and tech executives and founders in various industries who help you better shape your reporting and understanding of what’s happening in the industry.

You know good journalism when you read it, and you care deeply about the technique of quality reporting, and getting the story right.

Most of all, you are a news junkie, excited about working with a fast-growing, investor-backed journalism startup.

Other things we’d like you to have:

A bachelor’s degree in journalism or English.

A minimum of four years of editing experience within a newsroom.

What You’ll Get When you Join the Team

This is a full-time position. We provide a competitive salary, PTO Days, and Healthcare/Dental/Vision plans.

Equal Employment Opportunity