Local News Editor

The Salinas Californian and El Sol de Salinas, Salinas, California

Date Posted March 06, 2020
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified
Website http://www.thecalifornian.com


Local News Editor (Content Coach)

The Salinas Californian/thecalifornian.com and El Sol de Salinas, in Salinas, California, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, have an immediate opening for a full-time Local News Editor to oversee the Salinas newsroom. Spanish fluency is strongly preferred, though not required. The local news editor, the top position in the newsroom, is responsible for leading a small team of reporters and a photographer who serve local, statewide and national audiences from the heart of one of California’s most complex, diverse and culturally vibrant communities. The Californian’s ambitious, award-winning newsroom recently added a reporter through a collaboration with CalMatters, a statewide journalism nonprofit, and works closely with a variety of other partners across the state and beyond.


The local editor will coach reporters to make strategic decisions about coverage and direct and champion journalism that informs and reflects the whole community, including a large population that primarily or exclusively speaks Spanish. The successful candidate will be comfortable being the public face of The Californian and work to increase the visibility of the news organization in the Salinas Valley. The Californian publishes seven days a week digitally and three times a week in print (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). El Sol de Salinas publishes once a week in print, with local content consisting of translated stories. It also has a growing following on social media.

The local editor works collaboratively on journalism initiatives and monitors digital audience metrics to ensure staff members are putting their efforts into stories and visuals that will be most relevant and useful for our readers. The successful candidate will collaborate with a remote digital production team and design center daily, plan content across products and platforms, and set the editorial tone. Importantly, this leader also sets the team’s culture and prioritizes the development and advancement of our journalists.


The Californian is one of 10 USA TODAY Network newsrooms in California, stretching from the Coachella Valley to the border of Oregon. The local editor will work closely with those peers across the state, coordinating joint projects, contributing to the “In California” newsletter and developing statewide strategies.


Salinas sits inland from the Monterey Bay in a valley so fertile it’s known as the “Salad Bowl of the World.” It’s John Steinbeck’s hometown, and the site of some of the most dramatic events of the farmworker rights movement. Cesar Chavez was jailed here, and Dolores Huerta still drops by sometimes. The city has a population of nearly 160,000, the majority of whom are Latinx. It has rich culture and deep, grinding poverty. In short, it’s the kind of incredible news town where committed journalists make a real difference. 


The Central Coast offers great amenities outside work. The Monterey Bay is a spectacular natural habitat, as is the Carmel Coast and Big Sur. Santa Cruz and the Bay area are nearby. There’s great food, live events, wineries and a growing craft beer scene. Pinnacles National Park is 45 minutes away. 








We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:


  1. Your resume – one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.


It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.


Here's what we have to offer:

We offer a competitive salary and career growth opportunities. We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k) is topnotch and the contributions you make, up to the first 5% are eligible for a 100% Company match!


Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status. 

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