Community Editor

Starnes Media

Birmingham, Alabama

Date Posted June 15, 2022
Industry Newspapers / Wires, Magazines / Publishing
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable


Community Editor

  • Status: Salaried, full-time position 

  • Location: Birmingham, AL


Role Overview

Do you feel called to meet the information needs of a community? Are you a skilled and versatile journalist who can not only write but also take photos, plan ahead and network with your sources? If you possess these skills and want to make an impact on a community by providing a valued public service, you may be our next Community Editor.

The Community Editor is responsible for executing the day-to-day operations of a specific market under the Starnes Media umbrella of community newspaper brands. Primary duties include but are not limited to: planning editorial content and managing monthly editorial budgets; attending community events and conducting interviews; writing news and feature articles; copyediting; assisting in the monthly production of the print newspaper(s); creating email newsletters; and posting content on websites/social media platforms. 

The Community Editor is expected to network and be embedded in their community, developing relationships with multiple points of contact in areas such as city government, the business community, schools and prep sports programs, local organizations and churches — any aspect of community life that is relevant and impactful for the public audience. 

While independently responsible for implementing Starnes Media’s editorial policy in their newspaper’s coverage, the Community Editor also collaboratively works with other team members in planning, covering, producing and sharing community news to be published across additional print and digital platforms. 

The Community Editor will be responsible for managing and maintaining the systems and standards that the company requires for the publication to be successful.


Your Team 

As a member of the Editorial Department, the Community Editor will work alongside other Community Editors or Reporters, the Photo Editor, the Design Editor and Page Designer, and freelancers, interns or contributors. The Community Editor will also work with and report directly to the Editorial Team Lead. The Editorial Department relies on a cloud-based structure to manage overall content workflow and to report individual success metrics on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.


Key Responsibilities 

  • Utilizing knowledge of community and connection to community members to develop relevant, impactful news judgment and coverage

  • Fulfilling short-, mid- and long-term planning for editorial content in coordination with other team members

  • Meeting the workflow requirement of the printed publications 

  • Ensuring that social posting requirements are met

  • Ensuring the city government, meetings and elections are covered accurately and thoroughly  

  • Producing content to completion almost daily

  • Ensuring daily email newsletter is published and social media accounts are updated

  • Representing the publication at events and in the community


Key Competencies

  • Driven and dedicated

  • Organized and proactive

  • Innovative and resourceful

  • Able to manage yourself and be effective with your time

  • Able to be outgoing and connect with community stakeholders

 To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and at least three writing samples to


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