Assistant Editor

News Boise, ID


The Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho, is hiring an Assistant Editor to lead our accountability team of five reporters and help manage a newsroom of more than 20 journalists.

The Assistant Editor should have a passion for watchdog journalism, be a skilled story editor and enjoy the opportunity to coach a group of investigative and accountability reporters, ranging from veterans to an incoming Report for America reporter. The group includes our state politics reporter, so some experience with politics is a plus. This leader will be charged with helping the accountability team deliver exclusive enterprise and impeccable investigative work, while also serving as the No. 2 editor in the room.

Our McClatchy news teams are deeply committed to First Amendment values in our journalism and to holding leaders and institutions accountable. The Assistant Editor must be passionate about ensuring that government institutions conduct the public’s business in the open.

This leader needs to be a digital journalist at heart with a deep understanding of the digital news ecosystem and a firm understanding of how to reach digital readers through search, social media and other distribution channels. 

Requirements - Education and knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent news experience required.

  • Proven record of directing impactful journalism required

  • 3+ years of newsroom leadership preferred

This editor’s skills should include:

  • Experience reporting on and/or leading investigative and accountability journalism.

  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism.

  • Strong editing and writing skills and excellent news judgment.

  • An interest in telling stories using a range of media, and an enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies. 

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to take and give constructive criticism.

  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced, constantly evolving.

  • The proven ability to lead, inspire and convey knowledge to others, and to work effectively with a wide range of colleagues.

  • Ability to lead, motivate and supervise a team. Requires superior people and mentoring skills and knowledge of good management practices.

  • 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.