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 Editor, The Wichita Beacon
The Opportunity: The Beacon seeks a forward-thinking Executive Editor to build and lead a brand new newsroom in Wichita, Kansas. Launching in Summer 2021, The Wichita Beacon has significant financial backing from local and national funders. The successful candidate is an experienced newsroom leader with a passion for local journalism, and a track record of building and managing teams that produce impactful stories and a strong perspective on equitable, audience-driven journalism. You would be at the forefront of a movement to make local news a foundational part of civic life in Wichita by enabling the kind of journalism that holds power to account while being accountable to the communities it serves.
The Role: The Executive Editor, based in the Wichita metro, will build and scale the newsroom. You will oversee daily editorial functions of the newsroom, including working with reporters and editors to identify and deploy community-driven projects and services. You will lead the charge in making The Wichita Beacon’s journalism worthy of support from its audience and make a case for local funding. You’ll work in close partnership with The Beacon’s Executive Director, who leads development, HR, finance and marketing, and The Beacon’s Founder & Publisher, Kelsey Ryan, who leads editorial, product and audience strategy for the network.
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.
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.