Metro Editor

The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina

Date Posted May 22, 2020
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable


The Charlotte Observer is looking for a metro editor -- a key senior leader in our newsroom who will help lead, coach and inspire our journalists. Our mission is exclusive, essential accountability reporting that serves our community, and the metro editor is at the heart of our work conceiving and developing journalism toward that purpose. 

The metro editor knows how to spot a great story and help a reporter go get it. He or she must have the highest journalism ethics and sound judgment and be a skilled story editor. This editor should be energized by coaching and collaborating with reporters, editors, visual journalists, other Carolinas newsrooms and McClatchy colleagues who support our journalism.

He or she must be a collaborative coach who is excited about helping our most experienced editors and reporters deliver “only in The Observer” journalism, and is also skilled at helping early career reporters master a beat, break news and develop deeper enterprise journalism. 

The Observer is deeply committed to First Amendment values in our journalism and holding leaders and institutions accountable. The metro editor must be passionate about watchdog journalism and ensuring that government institutions conduct business in the open.

The metro editor needs to be a digital journalist at heart with a deep understanding of the digital news ecosystem and a firm grasp of the art and the science of reaching digital readers through search, social media and other distribution channels. He or she must be adept at using readership analytics and other data to inform decision-making that grows and retains digital subscribers.  

The metro editor plays a crucial part in helping our news team put our readers at the center of everything we do. This is a key leadership role for an editor who is comfortable working across the newsroom to deliver journalism that is engaging and essential and makes an impact in our community and state. 

Education and knowledge: College degree required. Minimum of five years of newsroom leadership preferred. Proven record of growing digital readership and engagement required. 



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