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Company: The Commercial Appeal
Managing Editor
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
August 1, 2013
Job ID: 1505905

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis' 173-year-old daily newspaper, is looking for a skilled Managing Editor to help lead an aggressive push into digital, focused on our core mission - the journalism. Candidates must have strong backgrounds in writing, reporting (especially watchdog reporting and public records), editing and newsroom management and have the skills and desire to wade deeply into the digital world. We're looking for a seasoned journalist who believes the content is central to our success on any platform and has a body of work to back it up.   JOB REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience/Certifications * Typically requires a BS/BA in news/media discipline or equivalent experience. * Generally 7+ years experience in news/media field, including significant managerial experience. * Must have outstanding leadership and organizational skills. * Must have a track record of coaching, mentoring and fostering staff development. Skills & Abilities * Must thoroughly understand newsroom organization and operations involving print and digital products. * Must have familiarity with the techniques of collecting and presenting a wide range of information content including blogs, online breaking news, online comments, databases, freelance and user-generated content, photography, videography, wire reports and news and feature stories. * Must have familiarity with the techniques of delivering content through a variety of information platforms including printed newspapers, Web sites, text alerts, electronic newsletters, Twitter feeds and other platforms that may emerge. * Must have strong communication and presentation skills and be able to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers and staff members. * Must be able to identify opportunities, establish new processes and adapt quickly to change. * Must be familiar with changes in communications industries and with developing technologies and uses by the public of emerging communication platforms and tools. * Must be a self-starter, capable of demonstrating outstanding news judgment. * Must have in-depth knowledge of social networking applications, story commenting process and other audience interaction tools. * Must understand how to interact with audiences across platforms and to formulate multi-platform strategies that drive new audience and maximize existing audience. * Must be a multi-tasker who can perform well under deadline pressure and successfully meet deadlines. * Must have outstanding skills in time management and setting priorities. * Must be comfortable exploiting UGC resources to benefit of the newspaper's content. * May manage elements/portions of a budget * Must hold high standards and have ability to demand high quality and productivity from staff members. * Must exhibit high standards of accuracy and fairness.

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.

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