North Carolina Senior Sports Editor

The Charlotte Observer/The News & Observer (Raleigh), Charlotte or Raleigh, North Carolina

Date PostedFebruary 26, 2019
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time

We’re looking for a senior sports editor who excels at finding impactful enterprise stories and leading coverage of big sports news in vibrant pro and college markets. The senior sports editor will have responsibility for The Charlotte Observer, The News & Observer (Raleigh) and The Herald-Sun (Durham) combined sports staff. The ability to collaborate effectively is essential.

This editor can be based in Charlotte or Raleigh, though our preference is Charlotte. He or she will direct coverage in the home market and work with the lead sports editor in the other newsroom to coordinate coverage and editing for pro, college and high school sports. This means having a lead role in what we cover and how we shape that coverage, as well as how we use our resources to publish the best possible sports journalism for readers across our state.

This leader must have a strong understanding of how to grow digital readership and strengthen engagement in competitive pro sports and Division I college markets. Our major readership drivers include the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Hurricanes, NASCAR, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State University and a broad stretch of high school sports.

The senior editor will lead our sports teams in proactively breaking news on their beats, elevating our day-to-day coverage and identifying compelling, exclusive enterprise that drives loyalty with our readers. He or she will succeed by being a strong coach for both early-career writers and sportswriting veterans.

Collaboration across newsrooms is vital, as well as effective teamwork with colleagues in advertising, product development and audience growth.

To apply, send us a letter, resume and links to six to eight examples of the best work you've directed as an editor to


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Use strong editing skills and excellent news judgment to help shape our sports journalism and get it in front of digital readers.

  • Work with reporters and other editors to develop smart short-, mid- and long-term news coverage plans that is essential to sports readers.

  • Directly supervise sports reporters and editors and help those staff members build key digital audience skills. Work collaboratively across the newsroom, state and McClatchy to help develop a high-performing North Carolina sports team.

  • Use analytics tools to determine effectiveness of strategies and revise as needed to drive our top-level audience goals.

  • Use problem-solving skills to negotiate hurdles and identify solutions to stay on course with projects and strategies.

  • Coach and mentor staff for improved performance and progress on individual skills, career goals and newsroom and company priorities.

Education and knowledge: College degree required. Minimum of five years experience leading reporters and directing sports coverage. 


  • Strong news judgment. Models journalistic values of accuracy, fairness, balance and objectivity.

  • Excellent story-editing skills.

  • Ability to coach writers and editors.

  • Resourceful, able to anticipate needs and bring new ideas to the newsroom.  

  • Ability to understand and use readership data to inform our editorial process.

  • An interest in telling stories using a variety of media, and a quick study in learning new skills and technologies.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy (toward both readers and staff), situational awareness, and a superior ear for tone.

  • Handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

  • Outstanding organizational and detail-oriented skills.

  • Ability to generate ideas for content likely to reach new digital audiences.

  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues across all departments; highly developed communication skills.

  • Skill and versatility as an editor, including the ability to shape everything we create – breaking news briefs, enterprise take-outs, long-form magazine-style pieces, video, graphics – in a way that best serves and engages the broadest possible audience.

  • A deep understanding of how to build and deepen reader engagement.


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