Seeking Page Designer / Copy Editor

St. Joseph News-Press

Date Posted March 12, 2015
Location Saint Joseph, Missouri
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable
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St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press (daily print editions and online at is seeking to fill an immediate opening for a talented page designer / copy editor to join our universal copy desk. St. Joseph is a community of 80,000 located about 40 miles north of Kansas City, Mo. The newspaper serves 21 counties in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The universal copy desk produces the main news section, local / regional news section, business pages, lifestyles section and sports section on a daily deadline. It also does design and editing for advance sections and special projects. Responsibilities of the page designer / copy editor include story and photo selections (in partnership with the other editors), editing, headlines, page designs and production of the finished pages. We emphasize content that is compelling, relevant and valuable to our readers.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: We prefer a four-year college degree in journalism, mass communications or English. We also prefer two or more years of professional experience, although college graduates with experience on a college newspaper and in internships will be considered. We seek a strong orientation to journalism and newspaper page design and copy editing; proficiency in spelling, grammar, punctuation and style; proficiency in the technical and creative aspects of newspaper page design (we use InDesign and Blox); and the ability to work on deadline. Midwest candidates are strongly preferred. Employment is contingent on passage of a drug screening and background screening.

TO APPLY: Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please submit a brief introductory letter explaining your interest in this position; a resume and references; and three to five examples of your best work. Apply to: Dennis Ellsworth, Executive Editor, St. Joseph News-Press. The e-mail address is

St. Joseph News-Press is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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