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We’re committed to building an equitable and inclusive organization that represents the people and communities we serve. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities. 

Editor in Chief

Beacon Media Inc seeks a visionary Editor in Chief to lead our newsrooms in Kansas City, Missouri and Wichita, Kansas. The successful candidate is an experienced newsroom leader with a passion for the future of local news coverage; has a commitment to local, community-centered journalism; and a track record of building and managing teams producing high-impact stories. You’ll be at the forefront of a movement to make local news a foundational part of civic life in the Kansas City and Wichita metros by enabling the kind of journalism that holds power to account while being accountable to the communities we serve. A link to the full job description is here. Please review to see the totality of the responsibilities, as well as desired skills and characteristics.

You’re a good fit if…

  • You have a strong, cohesive vision for the best possible version of local accountability
    journalism, and can communicate that vision to staff and external partners.
  • You are a local newsroom leader with significant experience supervising teams and overseeing strategic editorial decisions, and a track record of high-impact journalism.
  • You have a passion for local accountability journalism and independent media.
  • You have experience guiding less-experienced reporters as well as more seasoned ones, and a strong interest in developing careers. 
  • You thrive in a fast-paced startup environment where you are expected to think outside the box and build things from scratch, and you are unafraid to try new approaches and adjust when appropriate.
  • You enjoy collaborating with others and finding new ways to serve the community.
  • You prioritize building an equitable and inclusive organizational culture.
  • You are the kind of leader who can give direction while also bringing teams together, fostering a healthy work environment and motivating people to go the extra mile.

Compensation and benefits

  • Salary range starts at $90,000

Apply here.

Freelance writers and photographers

We’re seeking freelance journalists to pitch us stories for publication in The Beacon. We’re interested in stories that impact audiences in Kansas and Missouri, and that fall under the general categories of government, economics, education, health care, environment and civic engagement. We are not seeking commentary or opinion pieces. We are particularly interested in stories that are revelatory, data-driven, contextual and solutions-driven. All content is subject to editing and fact-checking prior to publication. Freelancers are not considered W2 eligible employees and are not eligible for benefits. Contracts will include a conflicts of interest statement and signing the SPJ Code of Ethics.

Apply here.