Executive Editor

Quincy Herald-Whig, Quincy, Illinois

Date PostedJanuary 22, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
SpecialtyGeneral Assignment
Job StatusFull-time

The Herald-Whig, a 16,000 circulation daily newspaper in Quincy, Ill., is seeking a passionate, innovative, community-minded executive editor to lead the daily Herald-Whig, the weekly Herald-Whig Review and our magazines, and coordinate news coverage with our television partners.

Our current executive editor is retiring after a nearly 40-year career at The Herald-Whig. As we look to the future, our next executive editor will be an editorial visionary who will inspire the next era of great journalism while keeping the rich tradition of our deeply rooted, sixth-generation, family-owned publication alive.

The successful candidate will understand how to connect content to our readers by providing depth and context to the news we deliver. It will be someone who can mentor the staff, and develop an open dialogue with readers and community leaders. 

Our executive editor will coordinate newspaper style in conjunction with the managing editor, news editor, interactive managing editor, and the manager of our creative services and production departments.

Additionally, he or she will:

  • Indirectly supervise all newsroom personnel and oversee editorial operations.
  • Oversee convergence opportunities with broadcast properties in partnership with the interactive managing editor.
  • Develop marketing strategies in collaboration with advertising and circulation managers.
  • Develop and maintain strong management and management support systems.

Our next executive editor will have the following qualifications:

  • College degree.
  • Ten or more years of newspaper experience as a reporter, editor and/or supervisor.
  • Demonstrated mastery of language arts and newspaper style.  
  • Notable involvement with civic and industry groups helpful.
  • Excellent personality and ability to deal effectively with people, organizations and with all situations.

The Herald-Whig is a seven-day newspaper that is part of a growing, family-owned-and-operated company dedicated to the communities it serves. Our newsroom won 48 awards in 2017 and finished first in general excellence in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors contest and second in general excellence in the Illinois Press Association contest.

Quincy is a beautiful, affordable community of 40,000 on the banks of the Mississippi River in West-Central Illinois. Our coverage area consists of West-Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa. Quincy is a two-hour drive from St. Louis and Columbia in Missouri, with Amtrak and air service to Chicago.

The Herald-Whig offers a comprehensive employee benefits package with everything you expect and more. The Herald-Whig is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, send a cover letter outlining your vision, resume, references and samples of appropriate work by mail to Christina Wilson/Human Resources, The Quincy Herald-Whig, P.O. Box 909, Quincy, IL 62306, or by email to cbwilson@whig.com. Learn more about The Herald-Whig at www.whig.com and about Quincy Media Inc., our parent company, at www.careersatQuincy.com.


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