|Date Posted||February 18, 2021|
|Salary||$110,000 - $125,000|
Editor in Chief
The San Antonio Report is searching for a new editor in chief to follow our founder and current editor and weekly columnist Robert Rivard.
Founded as the Rivard Report in 2012, our nonprofit, nonpartisan organization is seeking an experienced digital journalist and proven newsroom leader adept at producing high-impact community journalism. The successful candidate will lead a team of 15 dynamic reporters, photographers, and editors, bolstered by regular freelance contributors and reader commentaries and features.
The new editor will report to and collaborate closely with the publisher/CEO, but the business side does not play a role in editorial decisions; the newsroom does not consider funding sources in determining coverage. The publisher/CEO reports to a 10-person board of directors.
Applicants for the position should have substantial experience in digital journalism, and be comfortable operating in a 24/7 news environment. Our reporting beats focus on local government, education, social issues, business, public health, neighborhoods and development, the environment, and arts and culture. Each of our journalists are encouraged to pursue enterprise and investigative journalism.
The ideal applicant will be a leader who is passionate about engaging with local communities and who is excited to build on our team’s excellent track record by sharpening and refining our editorial strategy.
At the same time, we seek a leader who will work to preserve the culture and work environment we have carefully built over our nine years. There is a distinct familial quality to the San Antonio Report, which we value highly. We office in a late-19th century building where pet dogs and bicycles are emblematic of the relaxed office environment. Team members expect to have a voice and be heard in important decisions and changes.
Candidates for editor in chief should think about the job as having a set of internal and external responsibilities.
Internally, the editor will work with the publisher and business team on overall objectives, such as growing and analyzing readership and identifying issues suited to civic engagement events. In the newsroom, the editor will work closely with the managing editor, a position currently filled on an interim basis, who oversees the day-to-day coverage.
The editor in chief will lead weekly meetings, plan long-range coverage efforts, and challenge the team to find ways beyond traditional news coverage to elevate the site’s relevance and community service.
Externally, the editor in chief must be adept at developing a community profile, serving alongside the publisher as the individual face of the organization, and interacting with community leaders in all sectors. Candidates should be comfortable representing the San Antonio Report in various public speaking venues.
Salary range for this position is $110,000 - $125,000. Some of the benefits employees enjoy are 20 days of personal time off, nine paid holidays, health benefits, a 401(k) plan, and paid parental leave.
We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom that represents the people and communities we serve. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for our editor-in-chief position.
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, re?sume? and list of three references by 5 p.m., Friday, March 26, 2021 to Angie Mock, Publisher & CEO, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Application for Editor in Chief.