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Company: The Working Waterfront
Seeking Experienced Editor/Reporter
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
January 10, 2013
Job ID: 1459167



CLASSIFICATION: Regular/Full-Time (40 hours/wk) 

LOCATION: 386 Main Street, Rockland, Maine 04841


The editor of The Working Waterfront oversees all aspects of the Institute’s monthly newspaper, now entering its 20th year of publication. In addition, the editor is responsible for building and maintaining a thriving online audience for—the paper’s website. The editor also writes articles for both the printed newspaper and the website. The editor reports to the Island Institute’s media director and is a member of the Island Institute’s media department. 

In addition to The Working Waterfront, the editor also assists the media director with production of the annual Island Journal, as well as the production of other printed and website-based material as needed. 

Basic Job Responsibilities: 

1. The Working Waterfront: The editor oversees all aspects of this community newspaper—published 10 times each year—that covers the coast of Maine and its offshore island communities. This includes all writing, editing, story selection and placement, management of freelancers, design, schedules, printing and distribution for the newspaper, which has a controlled circulation of approximately 60,000. The editor must have a clear understanding of the mission of The Working Waterfront as well as the newspaper’s relationship to the Island Institute and the communities it covers. 

The editor should also have knowledge of graphic design, possess the ability to supervise the design process, and understand the connections between design and the presentation of news, including the value of photographs and other images in a newspaper. The editor works with freelance writers, manages the freelance budget, is responsible for story development and orchestrates the content and “look” of the paper from month to month. He or she also writes editorials, responds to complaints and represents the paper to the general public. 

The editor meets regularly with the Institute’s editorial board, which includes the media director and staff of the Institute, to discuss editorial priorities. In addition, he or she is expected to report and write news stories for both the print edition and the website every month. 

2. The editor must have a strong sense of how the newspaper world is evolving, an understanding of the importance of the web audience to the paper’s future, and the ability to publish content to the website. Building the online audience for Working Waterfront stories is a key metric of success. The editor is expected to write several articles per month that will appear online and in The Working Waterfront E-Weekly, a weekly email newsletter of top stories. In the event that future digital media entities at the Institute include news content, the editor will be responsible for formatting and providing that content.

3. Distribution: In connection with the printed version of the newspaper, the editor supervises the three contractors who distribute it to locations all along the Maine coast. 

4. Island Journal: Working with the media director and others, the editor helps develop a balanced story list each year for the Institute’s signature annual publication that celebrates island life and culture. He or she assists in assigning stories to writers and photographers, edits the stories, and assists in delivering the entire contents of the publication to the graphic designer on the deadlines established for the production schedule. He or she also assists in the design process, manages the printing process and—with the media department’s sales and marketing associate—coordinates the mailing of the publication to Island Institute members, wholesale Island Journal sales and other distributions each year. 

5. Other Projects: The editor oversees the Institute’s Student Journalism program, which provides mentoring and journalism-skills development opportunities for young people from Maine’s year-round island and working waterfront communities. The editor also prepares miscellaneous material from other departments—membership, programs, etc.—for publication and, with the graphic designer, oversees the design and production process for these projects. 


The Working Waterfront editor should be an experienced journalist and editor with a passion for reporting the news. Candidates should have a secure knowledge of editorial principles, including the ability to apply and enforce standards of fairness, accuracy and completeness in a newspaper, magazine or other publication. 

Candidates should be familiar with web statistics and specifications in order to manage the website and the E-Weekly. 

A graduate degree in journalism is a plus but not a necessity. Experience in community journalism is a must; the ability to work with freelance writers is critical, as is the ability to help non-professional writers develop their talents. 

This is a full-time position starting on February 1, 2013. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Electronic applications are preferred. Please submit an application that includes a résumé, cover letter, and three professional references. The position will remain open until filled, but preference will be given to applications received prior to January 11, 2013.

Please send applications to: 

Nancy McLeod Carter 

Human Resources, Island Institute 

or P.O. Box 648, Rockland, ME 04841 

Based in Rockland, Maine the Island Institute is a nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity "at-will" employer committed to providing equal employment opportunities based upon an individual's ability and qualifications. We do not discriminate against people on the basis of race, citizenship, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, because of an individual's assertion of a Worker's Compensation Claim or rights under former Title 39 or Title 39-A, or because of actions taken by an individual that are protected in the Whistle Blowers' Protection Act, Title 26, Chapter 7, Subchapter V-B, in all aspects of employment, including hiring, employment, benefits, advancement opportunities, recruiting, training or transfers. 

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