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.
The Beacon is proud to offer the following benefits to full time employees:
- 100% employer-paid monthly health care, vision and dental premiums for employees and partially paid premiums for dependents.
- Paid time off: Federal holidays, a birthday holiday, the last week of the year and two weeks vacation/sick leave.
- Paid parental leave.
- Monthly cell phone reimbursement.
- $50,000 in employer-paid life insurance with supplemental life insurance available.
- 100% employer-paid long and short term disability.
- Flexible remote work culture (even when we’re not in a pandemic).
Executive Director, Beacon Media Inc.
The Opportunity: The Beacon, an award winning nonprofit news start-up, seeks a forward-thinking Executive Director to lead an ambitious initiative to build a network of community-oriented nonprofit newsrooms across Kansas and Missouri. The Beacon’s vision is to provide the anchor newsrooms for these communities as legacy newsrooms continue to downsize and struggle to meet information needs. The Beacon has lined up significant financial backing from local and national funders, including the American Journalism Project.
The Role: The Executive Director, based in Kansas or Missouri, will help build and scale the organization, which anticipates a $2-6 million budget. You will build The Beacon’s core administrative functions for a fast-growing organization, including HR, Finance, Development and Marketing. You will report to the Board of Directors and work in close partnership with The Beacon’s Founder & Publisher, Kelsey Ryan, who will drive editorial, product and audience strategy.
Data reporting on local government, The Kansas City Beacon
Opportunity: This reporter uncovers, investigates and visualizes large-scale datasets from local governments and other civic institutions. They work with KC Digital Drive, a local nonprofit organization deeply involved in the civic tech space that hosts Code for KC, the local Code for America brigade. The data journalist can provide the journalistic talent to help find and share stories in the data; KC Digital Drive can provide volunteer data scientists, coders and developers to amplify the research and final product. This is a partnership that could be replicated with other Code for America brigades and journalism outlets across the U.S. All experience levels. This is a full time position with benefits. Apply here.
In depth coverage of local and state education issues, The Kansas City Beacon
Opportunity: This data and records-driven reporter provides sharp, in depth coverage of local and state education issues, including its impact on the area’s skilled workforce and issues related to funding, equity and access. There are more than two dozen universities and colleges in the metro area, and dozens of K-12 school districts on both sides of the state line ripe with stories. All experience levels. This is a full time position with benefits. Apply here.
Local government accountability, The Wichita Beacon
Opportunity: This data and records-driven reporter will be a watchdog of local government agencies and jurisdictions, exploring cross-topic stories about access to services, poverty, race and changing demographics, focusing on stories that help the public engage with its government and hold it accountable. All experience levels. This is a full time position with benefits. Apply here.
Latino communities in Kansas, The Wichita Beacon
Opportunity: Through personal engagement, this reporter builds trust with Latino communities in Kansas to produce distinctive stories for and about this fast-growing population. Kansas is in the top 10 states nationwide where the increase in the Latino population was more than half of the overall state population growth in the last decade. The Latino population in Kansas has grown by 54,000 people in the last 10 years; in Sedgwick County alone, more than 75,000 Latinos make up 15 percent of the population. This reporter will deepen the newsroom’s relationships with community members to help identify coverage areas that are important to them. The corps member covers stories not only about immigration but produces solutions-related pieces and profiles that help depict a more complete and nuanced picture of Latino Kansans than is currently reflected in mainstream media. Fluency in Spanish and statewide travel (when it’s safe) are required. All experience levels. This is a full time position with benefits. Apply here.
In depth coverage of local and state education issues, The Wichita Beacon
Opportunity: This data and records-driven reporter provides sharp, in depth coverage of local and state education issues, including its impact on the area’s skilled workforce and issues related to funding, equity and access. Wichita’s USD 259 is the largest K-12 school district in the state. There are dozens of private and parochial schools, and three universities in the city. All experience levels. This is a full time position with benefits. Apply here.
Freelance writers and photographers
Opportunity: 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.