Assistant Managing Editor/Race & Equity Issues

News Kansas City, MO


The Kansas City Star is looking for an assistant managing editor for race and equity issues. This editor, a member of The Kansas City Star leadership team, champions coverage aimed intentionally at dismantling inequity and injustice in all facets of our coverage area, while also driving rich storytelling that illuminates the courageous, transformative and ground-shifting achievements of those in the forefront of change in Kansas City.

The Star's race and equity coverage centers traditionally underserved readers by elevating voices, concerns and passions of people and organizations routinely marginalized. Multiplatform watchdog, accountability and solutions-oriented reporting on topics such as affordable housing, blighted neighborhoods, health disparities, economic inequity, educational gaps, societal trauma and criminal justice will be the focus of the Assistant Managing Editor for Race & Equity Issues. 

As a part of this role, this editor also convenes and cultivates effective conversations and events that engage current and new audiences around these journalism topics. This editor is constantly building connections throughout the Kansas City region and is an ambassador for our best work. This editor will play a key role with our Voices In the Room advisory board, formed after The Star's "Truth in Black and white" project published in late 2020.
This editor will work to grow our digital audience among readers of color by building trust over time through constant conversation and powerful journalism that directly connects with issues that resonate with these readers. Ensuring we frame stories with this audience in mind is critical, as is keeping a close eye on metrics to see what coverage resonates and which stories don’t, and using that information to make smart decisions.


  • Works with all Star assigning editors and senior leadership to direct our biggest and best coverage of marginalized communities in Kansas City
  • Plans and executes local forums in collaboration with our audience development team as well as other media and non-media partners
  • Collaborates closely with our breaking news editors and the two race and equity reporters who are part of that team
  • Partners with our audience growth team to improve trust and increase digital audience and engagement among Black and brown readers
  • Coaches reporters and editors on nuanced voice and cultural sensitivity
  • Ensures inclusive coverage is in the DNA of all our beats
  • Hosts influencers podcasts and videos
  • Strategizes with other Star leaders to develop and execute news coverage plans that help us achieve our audience growth goals
  • Engages in all news meetings to help elevate the journalism


  • Strong editing and writing skills and excellent news judgment.
  • An unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism.
  • A collaborator who works well as part of a team. This editor will be working across teams and often with multiple other journalists to bring a story home. 
  • A self-starter who will develop a strong network of partners across our city
  • Interest in telling stories using a variety of media, and an enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies.
  • Fluency in the science of readership and engagement, including an understanding of metrics/analytics and an understanding of SEO and other audience optimization tactics.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to take and give constructive criticism.
  • Ability to work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving.
  • Must have reliable transportation.  Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).


McClatchy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all applicants and employees. McClatchy considers all candidates without regard to basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, pregnancy or physical disability (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), or any other basis protected by state and federal laws.