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Senior Editor

Company: The Telegraph (Macon)
Location: Macon
Posted on: January 15, 2020

Job Description:

The senior editor will lead, manage, and inspire a team of journalists as they produce powerful public-service journalism for local and regional readers. The senior editor will also serve as ?the face? of the company at events and in the community.?The editor must have the highest journalism ethics and sound judgment; extraordinary skills as an editor; a commitment to understanding issues his or her team reports on; the ability to coach and collaborate with reporters and other editors to achieve high-quality journalism; a deep understanding of and enthusiasm for the modern, digital news ecosystem; a firm grasp of the art and the science of reaching digital readers through search, social media and other distribution channels; a commitment to defending the values of the First Amendment, holding leaders and institutions accountable, and speaking truth to power. They also have the final word on major content decisions.Our future lies in digital, and the editor will lead his or her team to focus squarely on serving the measurable needs and interests of digital readers. This will require a passion for reaching digital readers and growing digital readership as well as the ability to ignite that passion in others; the regular use of readership analytics and other data to inform decision-making; and a commitment to and skill in producing exclusive, high-impact journalism.?The job also oversees the content in the print edition, but that should be a secondary concern to the digital work mentioned above.The senior editor works with other editors in the region and will play a crucial part in coaching reporters to put our readers at the center of everything we do.Core competencies:

  • The ability to lead, direct, collaborate with and coach colleagues throughout the newsroom.
  • Strong editing and/or writing skills and excellent news judgment.
  • An interest in growing readership and engagement, and a zeal for understanding and using readership data to inform the editorial process.?
  • An interest in telling stories using a variety of media, and an enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies.?
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy (toward readers and staff) and a superior ear for tone.?
  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced, constantly evolving, and more outcome-oriented than task-oriented.?
  • A love of community journalism and of deeply engaging with both readers and community leaders.Requirements:
    • Minimum of five years of experience as a reporter and at least one year as an editor.
    • A deep understanding of both the art and the science of audience engagement, ideally including:
      • Fluency with analytics and how to apply them.?
      • A way with headlines and an understanding of what works well on different platforms.
      • Good working knowledge of SEO practices.
      • A proven record of driving readership through Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
      • Experience promoting content through major aggregators?
      • An understanding of the psychology of online readers generally, and of the motivations and interests of a broad range of potential audiences. The ability to empathize with readers who will encounter our work under a range of different circumstances.?
      • Skill and versatility as an editor and a writer, including the ability to shape everything from breaking news briefs to long-form, magazine-style pieces in a way that best serves and engages the broadest possible audience.?
      • Sound news judgment, and a demonstrated ability to ?see the story? that is going to matter to readers and to anticipate reader interests before they exist.
      • Excellent journalism ethics.
      • An interest in and aptitude for storytelling using a broad range of media, including the written word, video, photography, podcasts and other audio, and whatever comes next.
      • Excellent people and team-building skills.Interested in the job? Contact Southeast Regional Editor Robyn Tomlin at?rtomlin@newsobserver.com
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