|Date Posted||September 18, 2019|
|Industry||Newspapers / Wires|
The Houston Chronicle is seeking an experienced, organized and enterprising editor to join its editorial board and be part of its three-person leadership team overseeing the newspaper’s opinion content. The op-ed editor will be responsible for soliciting, editing and occasionally writing the dozens of pieces we publish online and in print every week that are not staff editorials.
We’re looking for someone who believes in the editorial board’s mission as the conscience of the newspaper, responsible for driving conversation and results with editorials and op-eds that provoke, enlighten and motivate public officials, leaders and everyday folks to act for the good of our community.
High ethical standards, strong news judgement, a strong willingness to collaborate and innovate are musts. The editor must balance micro responsibilities such as line editing with the macro, such as planning a timely, balanced array of opinions for a Sunday section.
The ideal candidate knows Houston and Texas, or has experience working with writers elsewhere and is willing to dive in quickly to get acquainted with both the issues confronting Houstonians and the local pool of potential contributors.
The editor should be digital-first in his or her approach to soliciting and editing op-eds, using the Internet and social media as frequent sources of content and valuable tools in distributing the content we produce. We’re looking for an editor enterprising enough to build a rolodex of top contributors, using a modest freelance budget, even as he or she keeps a steady eye on social media on the hunt for that tweet or Reddit screed that can, with some development, make a fine op-ed or essay.
The Houston Chronicle is committed to publishing a diverse range of opinions – from the right, left and moderates for sure; but also from young writers and older ones, from poets and policy wonks, city residents and suburbanites, and from perspectives that reflect the rich gumbo pot of Houston -- the fourth-largest and most ethnically diverse city in the nation.
Specifically, the new op-ed editor will:
* Manage the work of the Gray Matters editor, helping ensure that the content published by this traditionally online-only vertical is fully integrated into the work of the Opinion section, with its best pieces finding homes in the weekly print lineup as well.
* Solicit a range of short and mid-length op-eds, and the occasional reported essay, to fill our department’s 25 or so open spaces each week.
* Attend regular editorial board meetings and participate in the discussions that help frame our staff editorial positions.
* Pitch and sometimes write editorials for the board.
* Take an active role as a public representative of the newspaper, participating in public forums, sitting on panels and making other public appearances with the aim of deepening our engagement with our readers and finding new and diverse voices for our pages.
* Together with the opinion editor and deputy opinion editor, develop and maintain the department’s online strategy to build a bigger, more actively engaged audience for our content, whether it’s editorials, columns, op-eds in print, video or audio.
* Participate in the department’s podcast, newsletter and other products as necessary.
Finally, we want someone who is ready to grow his or her own leadership skills, is deeply passionate about the future of newspaper journalism in all its many formats, and is excited about learning new things and teaching others.
Minimum five years professional journalism experience required.
Interested applicants should send resume and work samples to Chronicle opinion editor Lisa Falkenberg: Lisa.Falkenberg@chron.com