Assistant Editor - Sports

News Kansas City, MO


The Kansas City Star is looking for an experienced full-time editor to help lead its Sports Department. The successful candidate will work with a team of reporters to find, assign, develop and edit sports coverage of people and pro and college teams across The Star's large geographic coverage area.

This editor will be required to efficiently edit breaking news, manage a team of writers/reporters who primarily work remotely across the city and region and coach reporters to write stories of maximum interest to their respective audiences around their specific beats, with an eye on SEO best practices and current trends.

The right candidate will also be capable of directing the Sports Department in the absence of the sports editor, managing with a triage mentality to determine what must be done now, what should be done next, and what can be set to the side for the moment. This editor will also be tasked with helping to plan and oversee Wichita Eagle sports coverage, as well as The Star's daily Morning Sports Edition digital product.


  • At least two years of experience as an editor or reporter, ideally covering breaking news.

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism preferred.

  • Solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics

  • An intuitive sense of what’s important and interesting to audiences on all platforms

  • A deep curiosity and high energy

  • The ability to edit quickly for accuracy and engagement on a wide variety of topics.

  • A collaborative work ethic and the ability to communicate easily with colleagues 

  • An 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.