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Company: The Gazette Company
Position:
Opinion Editor
Location:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Job Status:  Not Specified
Salary:  Not Specified

Description:

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has a strong, vibrant newsroom with lofty goals for print and digital and a dedicated following of readers as it serves eastern Iowa in a thriving corridor of innovation, economic development, higher education, agriculture and industry. That means plenty of opportunity for a strong leadership voice, and we need just that for our talented Opinion team and to represent the forward-thinking goals of our company. Our longstanding leadership role in the community counts on our Opinion team to take solid stands on tough issues with transparent reasoning and resourceful research.

We need someone who is good at traditional and new ways of engaging readers in conversation, which will include print, digital, occasionally television and certainly in person. Our next Opinion editor will be well-skilled and confident as a writer, discussion leader, listener, social media explorer and problem solver.

Our Opinion team consists of at least two full-time veteran columnists, an editorial assistant, guest community members on a vocal editorial board, support from newsroom leaders, and it will be led by a veteran opinion editor who knows how to make Opinion not only a relevant part of our operation, but how to give it a starring role.

Solution-focused leadership will play a big part. We want someone proactive instead of reactive. We must have someone who can forward community conversation with diversity of thought but with a clear leadership voice. Other traits this person must offer: passion for local issues but understands national and international ties; a sincere desire for diversity voices and representation; the ability to create and foster guest-writer groups; an understanding of the critical role social media plays and how to use it; the ability to collaborate with other editors, writers and contributors; the ability to think creative and ahead in an organized way that goes beyond just producing pages and clearly moves the conversation forward.

Qualifications & Requirements:

Ideal candidate will be a flexible, self-motivated, creative go-getter and problem solver who works well on a team and has excellent communication and team building skills. Candidate must be highly organized, a confident decision maker and committed to ongoing improvement and coaching. Candidate must also have strong writing and editing skills and sound news judgment. Candidate must be attentive to detail, possess strong computer skills, is organized and a strong communicator.

This position requires an undergraduate or associate degree in journalism or related field plus three years of related experience or, in the absence of a related degree, five or more years of related experience. A pre-employment drug screen is required.

Our organization:

Our news operation is converged and combines digital, print and broadcast for The Gazette, TheGazette.com, KCRG-TV9 , kcrg.com, as well as several  niche sites. Our company has a strong tradition of being independent and is employee-owned. The majority of our news team is focused on enterprise reporting, and we have a strong spirit of collaboration with other news outlets. While we’re focused in Cedar Rapids -- Iowa’s second-largest city – we have bureaus in Des Moines, Dubuque and Iowa City. The region is rich with things to do outside of work hours.

 

To apply:

Please submit a brief cover letter, resume, link to portfolio/clips online:

https://hcmapp03.ivantagehost.com/GC8858CSS/Default.aspx?Requisition=101548

 

The Gazette

501 2nd Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

hr@thegazettecompany.com

 

 

EOE


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