|Date Posted||September 18, 2019|
|Industry||Newspapers / Wires|
Editorial Writer, the Houston Chronicle
The Houston Chronicle is looking for an editorial writer with an engaging style and strong reporting background to join the editorial board in its mission to drive the public dialogue, hold government accountable and effect positive change.
The ideal candidate understands that readers today demand transparency in all facets of journalism, including opinion writing. We must show as well as tell. Original reporting is essential to test theories, refine points and determine fresh approaches that pull readers in, keep their attention and compel them to take action.
We’re looking for a writer with passion for issues important to Houston and Texas, but someone whose style prioritizes persuasion over provocation. Strong candidates have a mix of deep interests and the versatility to write about a range of topics, including energy markets, border policy, criminal justice, space exploration, political shenanigans in Austin and Washington, and yes, the occasional endorsement for justice of the peace.
Merely being comfortable on a soap box doesn’t qualify one for this job. Much of editorial writing is hard work, without the reward of a byline. You must possess the humility and collaborative spirit to question your own assumptions, to value colleagues’ opinions and, at times, to write editorials that conflict with your own views if they represent the consensus of the larger board.
Applicants should also be prepared to take an active role as a public representative of the newspaper, participating in public forums, sitting on panels and making other appearances with the aim of deepening our engagement with our readers. Ideal candidates are comfortable contributing to the department’s podcast, newsletter and other products.
Candidates must be able to multitask in a digital-first environment, balancing the demands of filing short opinion pieces for the web -- complete with intriguing headlines and photos -- with longer editorials in the institutional voice. Candidates should possess social media skills that enable them to promote the board’s work effectively, engage readers professionally and responsibly on controversial issues, and maintain a keen awareness of the issues and news developments that online communities are talking about.
Many of those conversations involve Houston’s diversity – racial, ethnic, religious, political and economic. The ideal candidate enjoys interacting with diverse communities, building sources among thought leaders and regular folks alike, and is eager to help recruit fresh voices for our op-ed pages.
Fluency in Spanish is highly desired. We are eager to hear from candidates from all backgrounds, orientations and ideological perspectives.
To apply, send a brief letter explaining how your experience, talents and enthusiasms make you the best person to help us drive the discussion in Houston, Texas and beyond. Include your resume and work samples in an email to Opinion Editor Lisa Falkenberg: Lisa.Falkenberg@chron.com. INTERNAL/EXTERNAL.