Editor Training Position

Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton, Michigan

Date PostedJuly 15, 2017
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
SpecialtyEditorial
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified
Websitehttp://mininggazette.com
Description:

If you have a print background with a journalism degree or pagination experience on a college or local newspaper, you qualify as a candidate for this editor-track position at the post-digital local news lab at the Daily Mining Gazette, a six-day community newspaper covering four counties in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. This newsroom leadership academy consists of programmed learning progressions while performing daily practical on-the-job training.
The candidate will start with page design and pagination, both daily news pages and advertising projects, learning professional design concepts that uphold traditional reader-friendly values while implementing modern pagination technology and graphic innovations. You will learn how to present the product of this newspaper that promotes deep readership to inform the community of the news it needs to know.
Another unit in which you will receive training and on-the-job experience is photo editing and graphic design, which includes maximizing contrast, image sharpening, re-sizing and cropping of images, including advanced techniques such as color balancing, cutouts and layered pagination.
Your day is not done after the paper goes to press (on time) every day, either. That is when all the content in the print edition needs to be archived and posted to the server for the other Ogden Newspapers in the U.P. and online on the website and multiple social media platforms. You will oversee not just posting content using the WordPress content management system, but posting it with copy, headlines, photos and graphics that attracts and engages online visitors.
After demonstrating mastery in those units, your academy education progresses to newsroom management, beginning with overseeing editorial management and production of special sections and advertorial projects. You will learn how to put together content budgets, generate story ideas, assigning stories to staff reporters and stringers, setting deadlines, copy editing content and working with other departments and staff in putting together tabs and special sections, with much of that production work done on multiple projects simultaneously. After passing that learning phase, you will earn promotion to assistant editor — and then you will be responsible for producing the arts & entertainment section and multiple feature fronts each week.
This is the reality journalism of community newspapers in this post-digital age. It is challenging, and there is a lot to learn, but there is also a lot of practical applications from what you've learned in journalism school. Candidates for this editor-track position need to be career-track journalists who are hyper-committed to the traditional value of producing community news the people need to know using all the technology and innovations of the internet age.
If you feel up to the challenge, submit a resume, up to three page designs and your best news, sports or feature story to Craig Peterson, managing editor, at cpeterson@mininggazette.com.


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