The Fresno Bee is launching an ambitious journalism reporting effort called Fresnoland. The four-person Fresnoland Lab team will be focused on how the region grows into the future.
As an editor on this project, you will lead a team of journalists who will write stories and share multimedia that highlight challenges and opportunities around land use, water integration and the local housing crisis in communities throughout the central San Joaquin Valley.
The team also will be responsible for tracking the roots, impacts and potential solutions to the region’s affordable housing challenges.
The lab’s reporting will go deep. This not a breaking news effort, though we will write stories that should be shared immediately. The successful editor will have the skills to build audience loyalty, engagement and growth through a thorough understanding of the metrics that inform them.
As Lab Editor, you will serve as the leader of a team of four journalists who are working on the project. This is a working editor role, in that you also will report stories. The editor will serve as a bridge for key stakeholders, readers and The Bee’s news reporters, videographers and editors. You’ll help build new communication channels for important reporting, including a growing a newsletter subscriber list and through regular in-person gatherings. You will have daily editing experience will make story suggestions to the reporting team.
You will coach reporters on relevant storytelling techniques and you will also be responsible for ensuring our collaborative efforts reach diverse audiences with the development and execution of content distribution plans across multiple platforms and geographic areas in the Central Valley, principally in Fresno.
The successful candidate will use audience data and proven best practices to drive decision making. She or he will be curious, asking questions of reporters and readers at every opportunity and seeing story ideas around each corner.
Video and/or audio will accompany most stories, and reporters should show the ability to switch between formats as needed and with support from our Fresno Bee team of editors and video journalists. Familiarity with data journalism skills is essential.
This position will report to the Executive Editor in Fresno. It is a two-year position, with the potential to discuss future opportunities in Fresno and/or McClatchy. A bilingual editor (Spanish and English) is a significant plus.
The Bee’s vision is for this team to contribute to improved economic and quality of life outcomes in the Central Valley, and the Lab Editor is key to its success.
- Two to four years of editing experience.
- Ability to act as a proxy for our readers, asking the questions they want answered.
- Ability to network, and establish effective community partnerships.
- Understanding of metrics, and the ability to discuss in public what they mean.
- The ability to lead, direct, collaborate with and coach colleagues both on her or his team and beyond.
- Strong editing skills and excellent news judgment.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and a superior ability to listen.
- Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced, constantly evolving, and more outcome-oriented than task-oriented.
- Ability to say no when stories are overly incremental, lack value or otherwise don’t meet our standards.
- 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.
- Excellent journalism ethics.