Municipal Government Team Editor
Here’s the pitch
Come join one of the most engaging, dynamic newsrooms in America and immerse yourself in the rhythms and passions that make life in Miami so interesting. As the editor of the municipal reporting team, you’ll lead a talented group of journalists who have a passion for telling the story of Miami -- and South Beach, Coral Gables, Homestead, Hialeah, and about two dozen other local governments along with even more distinct neighborhoods.
The challenge isn’t coming up with stories, it’s choosing which to tackle. Your job as an editor is to make the decisions smarter, the copy sharper, the audience bigger and the reporters better.
And when the big stories come our way -- and they always do -- you get to be part of the most nimble, dedicated, and smart group of journalists you’ve ever seen.
The municipal government editor directs a team of five reporters who are charged with holding elected and public officials accountable, chronicling the joys and sorrows of life in South Florida, spotting trends before others do, and stitching together a body of work that is the Miami story. Your team’s reporters include those who cover Miami-Dade County government, the city of Miami, and Miami Beach as primary beats. There’s an at-large reporter who drops in on other municipalities of all sizes as news and enterprise stories arise. And there’s a reporter whose beat we call “urban aggravations” as she seeks out the stories that make people take notice.
The ideal candidate has considerable experience as a local government reporter and/or editor. In multi-lingual Miami, speaking Spanish or Portuguese or Haitian Creole is a big plus. You need to be savvy about reaching and building an audience, be adept with social media, and appreciate that there’s more to daily journalism and connecting with readers than just the written word. You need a passion for accountability journalism while being the gatekeeper for tone, balance, and fairness. You need to collaborate with your reporters to produce their best work as often as possible and be part of a newsroom editing culture that collectively aims for a high bar every day.
Work with reporters to brainstorm the best approaches to daily news and enterprise coverage of their beats.
Edit well to make good stories better and excellent stories exceptional.
Write active, engaging headlines to attract the best audience for each story.
Give clear direction to reporters on the front end and constructive, professional feedback on the back end.
Collaborate with your reporters to prioritize time and maximize impact.
Collaborate with newsroom colleagues to include the visuals team as early as possible so that videos and photos enhance the stories your reporters tell.
Use the most current best practices for social media and audience engagement.
Emphasize enterprise and accountability journalism, both short term and long term.
Five years of daily news reporting and/or editing with at least some of that time covering/editing local government topics.
A track record of leadership and editing working with a team of daily news reporters.
An understanding of digital publishing, online metrics, and reader engagement.
Flexible days and hours are required. Working some nights, weekends and holidays may occasionally be required as part of newsroom editing rotations.
Long periods of keyboarding are required.
Using personal transportation to get to community events or meetings out of the office may be required.
Proficiency in basic AP style and being able to edit at a high level for spelling, grammar, and punctuation is required.
Proficiency in financial math used in the context of municipal budgets and other public documents is required.
Understanding and adherence to professional journalism standards for balance and fairness as well as an understanding of libel law is required.