Community Newspaper Editor

McElvy Media, Houston-area, Texas

Date PostedFebruary 21, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time

A weekly community newspaper in Houston needs an editor who must meet a few stringent requirements. If you do, this may be a great opportunity in an industry lacking them.

First, we need someone with a little salt and pepper. We’re not looking for a rookie out of college; we’re not looking for someone who has been a stringer for a couple of newspapers or websites. We’re looking for someone with a touch of experience managing a news product. Ideally, the right editor will have worked in community journalism and understand how we’re different from metro newspapers and websites.

Second, we need somebody who gets it – gets what community journalism is, understands that sources are important, realizes the importance of building relationships and knows how to translate those talents into publishing the best local news package in the market.

Third, we need someone who understands the value of growing our audience through every medium available to us. The perfect candidate knows how to drive conversation online while explaining that conversation in print.

Fourth, we need an editor who understands that at small newspapers, you aren’t blessed with huge budgets and big staffs. Our editor should be the best writer on our staff, and our editor must know how to write with depth. This person also manages a team of freelancers, and a good community newspaper editor knows how to get the most out of those freelance dollars.

We’d like you to know your way around InDesign and Photoshop, but more than anything, we need to know you have the “it” factor.

Our company is actually growing. We are acquiring community newspapers that fit our model, and we’re always on the look-out for editors who can grow into publisher roles. You don’t have to be from Texas, and you don’t have to know anything about our community to be a good editor. We can teach you those things.

We offer health, dental, vision and 401k plans along with a performance-based bonus for the right person.

To apply, send an email to Send us a resume and why you match the description above. We'll respond to all applicants who meet the criteria and understand the salary range.

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