Opinion Editor

PA Media Group, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Date PostedJanuary 08, 2019
IndustriesNewspapers / Wires, Digital Media
Job StatusFull-time

PA Media Group is looking for a dynamic Opinion Editor to lead vital, constructive community conversations on PennLive.com and in The Patriot-News newspaper.

The Opinion Editor sets the company's editorial positions on local, state and national issues with work that fosters social engagement. They are responsible for several major initiatives in advocacy journalism each year, which recently included the fight against Pennsylvania's opioids epidemic.

He or she will lead a diverse and committed editorial board, recruit and manage freelance columnists, develop op-ed pieces from regional stakeholders and moderate our reader panel discussions. Specific responsibilities include three editorials a week in print, digital and video formats, and a weekday online newsletter.

The ideal Opinion Editor will be a passionate, fearless voice for the central PA community on one of the largest digital news sites in the state. They will meet regularly with civic leaders and readers, and represent the company at public events, including debates, and on TV and radio.

We are looking for a strong idea person who will make this position truly digital. They should be skilled in social media, adept at publishing video pieces from their phone, and have a good understanding of online analytics.

They must be a compelling and precise writer, able to add depth and human interest to the big issues of the day.

And they should enjoy having fun. After all, this is the opinion desk that recently published a "retraction" for panning Lincoln's Gettysburg Address back in 1863!

Required Education, Experience and Skills:

Degree in Journalism or Communications or related field.

Minimum of five years of reporting/editing experience.

Solid understanding of journalistic ethics.

Ability to build, maintain and engage an active audience.

Writing must be balanced and factual; timely and topical; well-sourced and contextually correct.

Proven writing, reporting and research skills.

Broad knowledge of current affairs and trending news.

Ability to respond with urgency in a fast-paced breaking news environment.

A team player who will work closely with the newsroom and media partners.

A self-starter, accustomed to working with minimal supervision.

Additional Information

PA Media Group is a digitally focused news media company which publishes and operates The Patriot-News, PennLive and a growing suite of print and digital products. PA Media Group is committed to being the most comprehensive, in-depth source of news and information for millions of readers though quality, real-time journalism online at PennLive.com or social channels, newsletters, print publications and more. You would be joining a Pulitzer Prize winning newsroom that is positioned for the future. Learn more about our company at:  www.thepamediagroup.com.

PA Media Group is a part of Advance Local, one of the largest media groups in the United States, which operates the leading news and information companies in more than 25 cities, reaching 50+ million people monthly with our quality, real-time journalism and community engagement. Our company is built upon the values of Integrity, Collaboration, Accountability, Fearlessness, and Customer Focus. For more information about Advance Local, please visit www.advancelocal.com.

Advance Local is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental impairment, sexual orientation, marital status or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.

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