Deputy Regional Sports Editor

News Raleigh, NC


Deputy Regional Sports Editor

We’re looking for a deputy regional sports editor to help direct sports coverage in dynamic, high-energy sports markets. This person will collaborate with a team of sports editors and reporters across McClatchy’s Southeast region newsrooms to develop compelling and essential sports journalism for our readers. The ability to collaborate effectively is essential.

Our regional sports editors must have a strong understanding of how to grow digital readership and strengthen engagement in a competitive pro sports and Division I college market. Our major readership drivers in North Carolina include UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State University, the Carolina Hurricanes, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, NASCAR and a broad stretch of high school sports. This position can be based in Raleigh at The News & Observer or in Charlotte at The Observer.

The primary focus of this editor’s duties will be coordinating high school sports coverage across the region, but the regional sports editor will assist in college and pro sports coverage.

The regional sports editor will work closely with the Senior Sports Editor to lead our sports team in proactively breaking news on their beats, elevating our day-to-day coverage and identifying exclusive high-end enterprise that drives loyalty with our readers. He or she will succeed by being a strong coach for both early-career writers and sportswriting veterans.

Collaboration across newsrooms is vital, as well as effective teamwork with colleagues in advertising, product development and audience growth.

Education and Knowledge:

College degree required. Minimum of three years experience leading reporters and directing sports coverage.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Use strong editing skills and excellent news judgment to help shape our sports journalism and get it in front of digital readers.

  • Work with reporters and other editors to develop smart short-, mid- and long-term coverage plans that are essential to sports readers.

  • Directly supervise sports reporters and help them build key digital audience skills. Work collaboratively across the newsroom, region and McClatchy to help develop a high-performing sports team.

  • Be innovative. We’re seeking an editor who can bring new ideas about how to grow our digital audience and serve our readers.

  • Use analytics tools to determine effectiveness of strategies and revise as needed to drive our top-level audience goals.

  • Use problem-solving skills to negotiate hurdles and identify solutions to stay on course with projects and strategies.

  • Coach and mentor staff for improved performance and progress on individual skills, career goals and newsroom and company priorities.

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