|Date Posted||November 22, 2021|
|Industry||Newspapers / Wires|
|Job Status||Not Specified|
The Record-Journal seeks a versatile, bilingual editor to oversee our growing Latino Communities Reporting Lab. We launched the lab in March 2021 after conducting a 5-month listening tour in our community. We’re looking for someone with a passion for the lab’s mission - To amplify the voices of our local Latino communities, including to provide empowering, fact-based news, information and resources for our Latino communities; to shine a light on injustices and inequities to promote greater understanding and a more inclusive community for everyone; to showcase the successes and contributions of Latinos as a way of inspiring young people to expand what they consider possible.
Community listening provided the foundation of the lab. In the coming year, the editor will take the lead in an innovative listening project collaborating with journalists, data experts, a network of community leaders, and technology partners to understand the needs of our local Latino communities and build trust through deeper community listening, engagement and data gathering. The editor will oversee content creation with an emphasis on aligning news strategies to best serve the community using what we learned during the project.
PURPOSE OF POSITION
Plan, supervise and create news content for publication in print, online and social media for the growing Latino audience in central Connecticut. This position will assist the Latino Communities Reporting Lab to fulfill our mission of amplifying local Latino voices and be assigned duties related to fulfilling that mission with a strong emphasis on listening to the needs of the audience.
Supervise team of reporters.
Plan, create and edit digital first and digital only content in English and Spanish for the Latino communities in our coverage area.
Ability to interview all kinds of people and to do research.
Process information and write it in a fair, accurate and compelling manner.
Ability to capture photos and video and perform basic editing functions.
Knowledge of current social media applications and trends, with the ability to post to house social media accounts in both English and Spanish.
Help to oversee Latino Communities Reporting Lab Community Advisory Board.
Prepare bilingual content for publication on the web and social media.
Contribute to email newsletter, text messaging platform and stakeholder newsletter.
Take an active role in audience-listening activities to continually ensure news strategies meet the needs of the audience.
Perform other activities as necessary.
Minimum educational requirement, Bachelor’s degree.
Minimum 4-5 years reporting experience or equivalent experience, experience as a news editor preferred.
Bilingual Spanish/English in both speaking and writing.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Ability to conceive and execute enterprise reporting on highly specialized topics with authority.
Ability to handle daily, short-term and long-term assignments simultaneously.
Excellent communication skills, shows initiative, and exercises good news judgment.
Multimedia and social media savvy required with experience shooting/editing photos/videos.
This position requires the ability to travel locally to gather newsworthy content. A valid driver's license and vehicle are required; or, if no driver's license, reliable and at-the-ready transportation.
RJ Media Group is an innovative, audience-focused news organization based in Meriden, Connecticut, with a rich history as a 154-year-old, family-owned company established in 1867. Our publisher and executive vice president Liz White is the 5th generation family owner, and our president Eliot White is the 4th generation family owner. We publish the Record-Journal (a daily newspaper), eight weekly newspapers and two websites, which combined reach 265,000 people, 100% of the homes in 9 towns weekly. We also own Homebase Digital, a cutting-edge digital marketing agency. Our company is committed to providing quality local journalism and fact-based reporting that informs and empowers our community. Our company mission is to be the primary catalyst that motivates people to contribute to the intellectual, civic, and economic vitality of our communities.
We are an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Any candidate selected must pass a background check and drug screen as a condition.