Senior Editor

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, Augusta, Maine

Date Posted November 25, 2019
Industry Newspapers / Wires, Digital Media
Specialty Investigative
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $35,000-$45,000


The Senior Editor is a full-time position with responsibility for the daily operation of the Pine Tree Watch newsroom, which includes planning news coverage, researching and writing stories, supervising reporters and contributors, and helping build an engaged statewide digital audience. The Senior Editor is a vital member of the MCPIR leadership team. 

The Senior Editor will help elevate our journalism and our overall story quality and presentation through meticulous attention to detail and a collaborative and determined working relationship with staff members, freelance contributors, board members and members of the public. 

This position reports to the Executive Director of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, who serves as publisher of Pine Tree Watch. 

The Role of Senior Editor You know that good writing starts with good reporting, and that editing starts before any words hit the page. You recognize the value of context. You believe that style standards matter, and so does voice, both organizationally and individually. 

You’re committed to providing learning opportunities no matter how experienced the employee, and you understand the importance of a new reporter’s first few months. You understand the changing course of local journalism and appreciate the opportunity to work with younger writers and reporters. 

You are innovative and have an interest in presenting news and information through different types of media, including audio, video and data visualization. 

You are a believer in sound processes that produce sound results. You work well with everyone and bring a positive attitude and driven work ethic that foster a sense of teamwork that overcomes the stress and strain of facing tough deadlines. 

Duties & Responsibilities 

Newsroom Leadership 

o Works closely with the Executive Director to implement the overall editorial direction and policies of Pine Tree Watch 

o Oversees the day-to-day editorial operation of Pine Tree Watch 

o Staff management, including oversight and mentoring of staff journalists and freelance reporters and photographers 

o Develops and maintains a regular story budget, including setting and enforcing deadlines 

o Works closely with staff, freelance reporters and photographers on post-assignment story development to ensure our editorial process produces high-quality stories and impactful local journalism projects 


Content Creation (original reporting)

o Investigates all tips and leads

o Researches, writes and edits investigative and enterprise stories

o Models ethical journalistic behavior

o Writes to deadline and takes feedback and editorial decisions with respect 


o Leads the editorial production process on Pine Tree Watch to ensure we publish a clean, informative and highly professional news product on our planned publication schedule. o Posts content to website and ensures distribution to our media partners

o Produces, edits and deploys our email newsletter to subscribers

o Manages Pine Tree Watch’s social media channels, with a focus on increasing the pace of audience growth through more frequent and more sophisticated social efforts 

Other Duties 

o Develops and maintains a network of freelance contributors and a recruiting pipeline of future contributors/staffers 

o Works closely with MCPIR’s Executive Director to track, report on and respond to assorted performance metrics

o Interacts with the editorial advisory board to solicit input on work-in-progress as well as feedback on published work to ensure the highest quality and standards 


• At least 3-5 years of editing and reporting experience in a multimedia news environment 

• Experience working with investigative and enterprise stories 

• The writing and editing skills to translate complex materials into readable, engaging stories. 

• Proven track record of team management with positive culture 

• Experience managing copy and other workflows 

• Experience with onboarding and training programs, even informal ones 

• Ability to work autonomously while sharing pertinent information up, down, and across 

• Excellent news judgment 

• Strong knowledge of AP Style copy editing guidelines 

• High ethical standards 

• Proven editorial independence (politically-involved journalists and advocacy journalists need not apply) 

• Impeccable fact-checking 

• Preferred: Experience in a newsroom leadership role 

• Preferred: Experience with audio, video and data visualization 

• Preferred: Experience with WordPress and website production 


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