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Company: The Commercial Appeal
Local Content Editor
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
April 3, 2013
Job ID: 1472914

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis is moving fast to create a digital-first newsroom and we are forming new franchise content teams to plan, edit and develop content for smartphones, tablets, the Web and print.Our digital-first project means we will be expanding our editing ranks. Right now, we are looking for digitally-savvy local content editors who can help our already talented team get our content ready for digital and print.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Skills & Abilities * Versed in the fundamentals of news reporting, including issues involving privacy, libel, access and ethics. Exhibits high standards of accuracy and fairness. * Outstanding editing and writing skills; demonstrates attention to detail in both word editing and coding for electronic publication. Strong working knowledge of Associated Press and local style. * Able to use digital, video, mapping, social networking and other technology to bolster local news reports. * Self-starter and multi-tasker, capable of demonstrating outstanding news judgment with minimal supervision. Demonstrates skill in time management and setting priorities. * Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook), web publishing tools and HTML. * Understanding of how to interact with audiences across platforms and to formulate multi-platform strategies that drive new audience and maximize existing audience. * Openness and capacity to seek new opportunities and adopt new ways of doing things. * Ability to demand high quality and productivity from staff members. * Strong communication and presentation skills. * Proven leadership and organizational skills; ability to function as a team leader and a team player. Education & Experience * Typically requires a BS/BA in news/media discipline or equivalent experience. * Generally 5+ years' experience in news/media field. * Track record of coaching, mentoring and fostering staff development.  

About The Commercial Appeal In 1841, when Memphis was only 20 years old, Col. Henry Van Pelt produced the first edition of The Appeal in the wooden shack where he lived. Printing it weekly on single sheets of paper, Van Pelt began an institution that 167 years later is the major voice of the Mid-south. During the Civil War, the pro-Confederate paper chose to print its pages in exile rather than endure silently the Union occupation of Memphis. The paper moved first to Mississippi and then to Alabama and Georgia before Yankee soldiers destroyed its equipment. Within six months, Editor Benjamin Dill had returned to Memphis and started The Appeal again.

The Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878 devastated Memphis and reduced the Appeal's staff to two, but the newspaper continued to publish, earning the nickname "Old Reliable" from its grateful public. In 1923, The Commercial Appeal won its first Pulitzer Prize for efforts against the resurgence of the Klu Klux Klan. The newspaper received its second Pulitzer in 1994, this time for editorial cartooning by Michael Ramirez. With the advent of the Internet, The Commercial Appeal launched as its news and information website, and host of specialized coverage including the University of Memphis sports, Whining and Dining, the State of Q (Memphis-style barbecue), Faith in Memphis and Going Green. The website is the most popular local news site in the Memphis market. In recent years, The Commercial Appeal's coverage has received numerous awards including the General Excellence Award for best newspaper in Tennessee by the Tennessee Press Association in 2009 and 2010. The Commercial Appeal is the oldest continuously operated business in a large southern city with a majority African-American population.

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