Candidates for this position should possess previous experience writing, editing and/or producing in a newsroom environment under deadline. S/he should also be well versed in incorporating video content and telling stories across multiple forms of media.
A managing editor combines the skills of a writer with the practical focus of an operations manager. Candidates should be able to suggest ideas for stories and see them through to publication. We expect excellent organizational and leadership skills as well as a unique problem-solving ability.
The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of state politics and journalism and an acute sense of what constitutes value in a great local news experience. S/he will have experience activating audiences through digital content and local news reporting, understand the importance of nuance and detail in persuasive storytelling, and have experience deploying it effectively. S/he will have excellent written communication skills and a strong sense of written and verbal style, and will be familiar with audience analytics tools like Google Analytics, Chartbeat and other performance tracking methods, and the practical use of the insights they deliver.
The position reports to the national editor-in-chief and supervises writers, editors and other staff. The position is based in VA, but does not have to be based out of Richmond.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Recruit, hire and manage a state-based editorial team.
Work closely with Editor-in-Chief to set the tone, editorial direction and policies for the news site.
Develop a state-based content strategy, including editorial calendar with optimal mapping of editorial product to audiences.
Plan and manage all daily operations for the state site.
Work with editorial staff to develop story ideas, assign articles, handle problems, keep the staff on schedule and answer questions from department editors.
Coordinate editorial publications and meetings.
Plan and approve assignments for writers and editors.
Control schedules and enforce deadlines (for writers, photographers, designers etc.)
Oversee proofreading procedures and edit copy when necessary.
Assist in evaluating finalized copy for compliance with policies, style and tone.
Attend events on behalf of the company or EIC.
Set editorial priorities for online promotion and audience acquisition.
Collaborate with IT/Engineering teams to ensure site development and smooth delivery of content, emails, data, other products internally and externally; lobby and oversee the prioritization of IT tickets to improve reliability and efficiency of internal tools.
Provide timely reports and collaborative feedback to the EIC.
B.S. or B.A. degree or equivalent in journalism, communications, marketing, or a related field.
5+ years of experience in digital publishing, news reporting, editing or in digital political marketing or communications, including defining and growing a brand and voice through content.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong sense of voice and tone.
Experience with building an engaged cross-platform audience through content (organic and/or paid).
Experience with hiring, building, and managing a distributed team.
Familiarity with performance analytics tools such as Omniture or Google Analytics, and with the process of deriving insights therefrom.
Strong management, interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary stakeholders across the company.
Ability to manage time and multi-task under tight deadlines.
A passion for publishing quality news and content in an authentic voice across online and mobile channels.
Competitive salary and benefits
Medical, Dental and Vision
Entrepreneurial culture with career development opportunities
We offer a competitive benefits package including a full suite of health benefits, paid time off, and flexible working arrangements.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, those with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly urged to apply. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions.
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