The content/news editor will lead, manage and inspire a team of journalists as they produce powerful public-service journalism for readers in our local community and region.
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 complete commitment to defending the values of the First Amendment, holding leaders and institutions accountable, and speaking truth to power.
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 content editor plays a crucial part in coaching reporters to put our readers at the center of everything we do. He or she will discuss every story idea with a reporter or visual journalist, asking who would care about the story. When necessary, the content editor must be the one to reject ideas or stories that do not fit McClatchy’s mission – freeing the reporter to spend time on work that matters to our readers. The editor will also monitor his or her reporters’ progress, ensuring everyone has the training and coaching needed to succeed in the new audience-focused mission.
The editor’s work (or the work of his/her staff) will be measured by the impact it has in the community, as measured by page views and other engagement-related analytics as well as adherence to McClatchy’s mission pillars.
- The editor must have the highest journalism ethics and sound judgment; extraordinary skills as an editor.
- Skill and versatility as an editor and a writer, including the ability to shape everything from breaking news briefs to longform 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.
- 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.
- A commitment to understanding issues and topics his or her team reports on.
SKILLS AND DEMONSTRATED ABILITIES:
- To consistently find and frame stories that resonate with the largest possible audience.
- To write compelling headlines and relevant SEO metadata that will help the stories reach that audience.
- To use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to engage with audiences.
- To use analytics such as page views, time on site, referral sources and “shares and likes” to help determine which stories resonate with which audiences.
- Ability to say no when stories are too incremental, lack value or otherwise don’t meet our standards.
- Ability to act as a proxy for our readers, asking the questions they want answered.
- Understanding of metrics, and the ability to discuss with his/her reporters what they mean.
- Willingness to have difficult conversations with reporters who are not meeting audience goals or core mission goals and to help them adjust their workflows, story selections or even beats to improve.
- The ability to collaborate with colleagues throughout the newsroom.
- Strong editing and writing skills and excellent news judgment.
- 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.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field.
- Minimum of three years’ experience in a digital-first/analytics-focused news organization.