Job Position: Collaboration Manager and Editor, SWMJ Collaborative

The Southwest Michigan Journalism Collaborative (SWMJC) is a collaborative organized to support and enhance the news ecosystem in Southwest Michigan, to provide accurate and equitable coverage, and to promote diversity of voices among journalists and sources alike.

The SWMJC founding members seek an experienced project manager and editor to guide and ensure the smooth execution of the group’s collaborative reporting project around mental health, with a focus on solutions journalism on this topic. The successful candidate will also work to continuously build the health and stability of the collaborative overall. The ideal person for this role excels at relationship building, project management, and has great editorial chops. You will be responsible for maintaining and growing relationships among the Collaborative’s newsroom and academic institution Partners (currently totaling nine, but that will hopefully grow) as well as with community organization partners. You will be the one to keep track of all the moving parts of the collaborative’s work and should be excited to take on that project management challenge. You will work with your newsroom counterparts to guide the narrative arc of the mental health reporting and also lead the strategic development of and community engagement for the project.

You are bursting with ideas about how to leverage the local news ecosystem - and you have the ability to execute on those ideas.

What You’ll Do

  • Provide editorial and project management leadership for the collaborative partners around the reporting topic of mental health

  • Act as point of contact for all collaborative communications with the national Solutions Journalism Network team

  • Help facilitate conversations among the collaborative members about reporting priorities

  • Track story pitches and ensure the necessary people and resources are available

  • Design workflows to encourage content distribution across the collaborative members’ platforms

  • Schedule and manage meetings with collaborative partners

  • Coordinate any future events (virtual or in-person), working closely with community organizations

  • Manage the collaborative’s current budget and financial reporting

  • Grow and tend to local news ecosystem relationships, including meeting regularly with newsroom editors, reporters and partners, and independent journalists.

  • Be a constant source of story ideas based on engagement with the community and your own journalistic senses

  • Assist the Collaborative in seeking funding and resources that support the SWMJC, and with sponsor, foundation, and donor relationships.

  • Develop and execute on strategies to facilitate  joint reporting across the collaborative 

  • Work with the Partners to encourage and increase trust-building efforts between our newsrooms and local communities

  • Figure out, in partnership with the collaborative members, the best way for the group’s reporting to be featured digitally so that the SWMI community knows that its part of a coordinate project

  • Represent the collaborative publicly on conference panels, virtual sessions, and in the media. 

Who You Are

  • You are a proactive person, eager to come up with new ideas and see then carry them through to execution without a lot of outside supervision

  • You are a self-starter, creative-thinker, a good listener

  • You are an excellent project manager, highly organized, and able to execute tasks with timeliness and efficiently and effectively

  • You have experience in the journalism field, preferably with a passion for solutions journalism.

  • Knowledge of financial statements and financial projections; familiar with managing a budget, and grant reporting

  • You understand that strong relationships are at the core of success in just about any endeavor

  • You have demonstrated a commitment to community oriented journalism

  • You are able to navigate the current challenges that local newsrooms face and are able to navigate the often challenging inner-workings of local newsrooms with grace and efficacy

  • You are able to motivate and inspire people into action, regardless of whether they report to you or do not report to you directly

  • You are a quick learner, kind, outgoing, and able to build and maintain relationships with uncommon (for the field of journalism) partners 

  • You are highly organized and have solid time management skills

  • You work well independently but enjoy being a part of a team

  • Fluency in Spanish is strongly desired 

  • Someone who lives in or around Southwest Michigan, or who is familiar with the area, is strongly desired

This position may be full-time or part-time. The salary for this position is $70k based on a12-month contract at full-time. Contingent upon longer-term funding and project assessment, the position may be extended and grow.


To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position; and contact information for three professional references. Kindly submit electronically via this form.  Open until filled. No mailed submissions will be accepted.

The SWMJC seeks and welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds.  If you feel like you’d be a good fit but you’re worried that your experience might not be exactly aligned with what we’ve posted in this job description, please consider applying anyway. We strongly encourage women, BIPOC individuals, returning citizens, LGBTQ+ folks, immigrants, and people with disabilities to apply. Research shows people who have been underrepresented in leadership roles often discount their own experience. We won’t.