Executive Editor, The News & Observer / The Herald-Sun

The News & Observer

Raleigh, North Carolina

Date Posted July 20, 2021
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Other
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


Executive Editor, The News & Observer / The Herald-Sun

 McClatchy is seeking a creative, collaborative news editor to lead one of America’s best state capital news organizations -- The News & Observer (N&O), in Raleigh, NC, and its sister site The Herald-Sun, in Durham, NC.

As Executive Editor of The N&O, the person in this role will work with a talented team of journalists to reach an ever-growing and increasingly diverse audience of readers, viewers and listeners in the Triangle and across NC. The opportunity is to accelerate our digital transition, leveraging a storied brand and high-impact newsroom into a sustainable operation that produces accountability and investigative journalism, solutions-focused journalism, utility news and information, and breaking news that is first and best on the most important issues to our region and state.

The successful candidate will be a talented news leader who can draw the best work from our reporters, editors and visual journalists and drive newsroom collaboration. This person must have experience in newsroom transformation, someone able to approach the role with fresh ideas on how to serve an audience that is diverse and dynamic.

We are looking for an accomplished business leader with strong communication skills who can move quickly and creatively to drive engagement at all levels of the organization. The person in this position should be eager to collaborate with colleagues at all levels of the organization and across the McClatchy enterprise.

Success in this role will be measured by the distinctive journalism produced by the newsroom as well as audience and subscriber growth for that differentiated content. This requires a command of audience analytics and knowledge of the tactics that deliver results, as well as a desire to experiment with purpose, iterate and adjust as the news environment dictates. 

The Executive Editor will serve as the face of The N&O in the community and will work to develop strong relationships and build community support that helps to bolster the organization’s place within a competitive and collaborative news ecosystem. 

The person in this role will report to McClatchy’s Vice President, Local News. This person also will be a member of the North Carolina leadership team, working closely with colleagues in Raleigh and across the Southeast.

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Change is a central feature of a digital newsroom, and the next News & Observer Executive Editor must be both confident and conscientious in guiding a motivated newsroom to always keep our community’s interests at the heart of our journalism. If this is you, please apply.