Deputy News Editor

The Cecil Whig, Elkton, Maryland

Date PostedMay 14, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
SpecialtyGeneral Assignment
Job StatusFull-time
Salary$30,000 to $35,000

Job Summary
The Deputy News Editor is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the newsroom in the absence of the managing editor, from coordinating story, photo and video assignments, to laying out pages, posting content online, and posting on social media to drive traffic to newspapers’ online edition. This position is also responsible for the Sunday night pagination and proofing of the Monday print edition.

The Deputy News Editor makes sure breaking news is posted to the online edition, encourages staff to post photos, photo galleries and videos online. In the event the office is closed due to inclement weather, the deputy news editor works with the managing editor and reporters to coordinate coverage for online postings.

The Deputy News Editor edits copy from staff reporters and aids in the proofing and pagination of the printed paper on Thursday evenings. The deputy news editor will also hold some reporting beats to be determined, writing upward of three to five stories a week.

The Deputy News Editor will assist in running weekly staff meetings to coordinate assignments, plan expected print layouts, and discuss any problems. The deputy news editor fields and mediates calls from the public, meeting with politicians and various community members and handling personnel issues in the absence of the managing editor.

Job Functions

The successful candidate must be a flexible, self-starters, attentive to details, diplomatic, able to provide direction, and able to multi-task. This position will work successfully with different personality types. Candidates for this position should have strong interpersonal skills and exhibit an ability to work effectively with internal and external contacts as a team member as well as a team leader.

Essential Functions:

  • Ability to manage staff of reporters, strong organizational skills.
  • Write cohesive and comprehensive stories, most likely on the dealings of municipal governments.
  • Make assignments and adjust schedules to maximize local news content.
  • Assists in posting online content to include text, photos and videos.
  • Works with all other departments, helps to achieve daily goals.
  • Must be able to edit and format copy and be able to anticipate workloads based on productions schedules.
  • Perform job duties and conduct self in accordance with company core values.
  • Initiate and nurture effective, professional relationships with internal and external contacts.

Minimum Requirements:

Prior reporting experience required. Editing experience preferred, including at collegiate papers. Demonstrated ability to multi-task.

Technology Skills:  

Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook is required along with social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.


Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field preferred.


Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

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