Community daily seeks news editor

The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Mississippi

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Date Posted May 04, 2021
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary $40,000 to $45,000


The (Columbus, Miss.) Commercial Dispatch, a six-day daily, is seeking a journalist to join its extremely talented newsroom as news editor. 

The ideal candidate is an experienced editor with an eye for excellence who understands the importance of not only having the facts but also telling a compelling story. This is an editor position, but our editors also generate content. We need a versatile writer, comfortable working up a quick brief or doing a deep dive on a story. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your editing skills while keeping your reporting skills sharp.

We are thinking of someone with editing experience, but also want to hear from young journalists ready to begin a career with a foundation in community journalism. 

An understanding of the power of print is a must but so is an appreciation of digital’s ability to make an impact. Equally as important is a willingness to immerse yourself in the community. We believe the best stories come from connections with people in the areas we serve.

Our news editor works closely with our managing editor in planning content, editing stories and proofing pages. The editor also collaborates with our page designer on the look of the print edition. You would be partially responsible for posting stories to our website and promoting them on social media. Our daily budget meetings are used to present and refine story ideas and include the entire newsroom, sports department and publisher.

In addition to two editions of the daily paper, we also publish multiple magazines and special sections throughout the year. You will have the opportunity to participate in those projects as well.

Beautiful Columbus, Mississippi is where our main office is located, but we serve a multi-county area known as the Golden Triangle. The region has a rich and diverse history but is also home to high tech industry, an SEC university (Mississippi State), an Air Force training base, stunning architecture and an array of easily accessible outdoor activities.

The Dispatch, a 13,000-circulation daily, won the 2015 Daniel E. Phillips Freedom of Information Award for our investigative journalism work. The following year one of our reporters won the Bill Minor Prize for General News Reporting. Both awards were given to only one paper of any size state-wide. In 2017, because of our focus on investigative work, we were one of 10 newsrooms selected by Investigative Reporters & Editors to receive complimentary Total Newsroom Training. We like tackling important stories and are building on our successes. 

Uncertainty seems a given with newspaper jobs these days. While The Dispatch isn’t immune to industry changes, our family ownership structure has given us relative stability. We have diversified our income sources and have recently launched a new website. The pandemic prompted us to rethink what a newsroom looks like, and we are currently renovating our office accordingly. As other publications have had to reduce production days and/or personnel, we have done neither. We remain committed to producing important work.

Our journalistic drive and willingness to innovate have resulted in funding assistance during the pandemic from Google News Initiative and Facebook Journalism Project.

We offer competitive salary, excellent health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, cell phone stipend and an array of other benefits. 

If The Dispatch sounds like a good fit for you, email cover letter, resume and writing samples to publisher Peter Imes at

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