Sports Editor

Rust Communications/Southeast Missourian

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Date Posted November 04, 2022
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Sports/Outdoors
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


Southeast Missourian seeks innovative sports editor

The Southeast Missourian seeks a talented sports editor interested in helping create content and craft the newspaper’s daily sports section, working in a collaborative team environment where innovation is encouraged and celebrated. This candidate will be working for a family-owned media company in Cape Girardeau’s vibrant downtown that combines big-city attractions, a state university, and small-town charm.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer with strong reporting, editing and management capabilities.

The successful candidate must be able to craft stories, primarily on the region’s high school sports programs, on the fly for a 24-hour online news cycle plus our print product and will be responsible for basic photography while working with staff photographer on more nuanced art.

The Southeast Missourian has grown digital subscriptions by 400% since March 2018. In addition to its native digital platform, the publication produces an e-edition six days per week and a print product three days per week. is the newspaper’s sports website that aggregates sports content from five Rust Communications newspapers in Southeast Missouri. covers 56 high schools as well as college sports, including a Division I university. The company hosts an annual awards show (Semoball Awards) where the top athletes and coaches from area high schools are recognized for athletic and academic accomplishments.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • College degree, preferably in journalism.
  • 3-5 years of journalism experience covering local or regional stories.
  • Ability to create on-deadline textual and visual content for print and digital products.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team and a positive, collaborative attitude.
  • A commitment to listening to and engaging audiences.
  • A desire to have fun and enjoy life with colleagues while working in a noble profession that is vital to our community.


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

The talented team includes a mix of veteran and young reporters and an aggressive news, photo and sports staff. The staff has won an award for best investigative reporting in the state of Missouri multiple times, and day-to-day puts out meaningful and useful content to readers.

The Southeast Missourian was one of 10 newspapers in North America selected by Google, Local Media Association, and FTI Consulting for an accelerated project on digital subscriptions. It has previously been involved with Google on three other cutting-edge projects, as well as being a technology testing ground for the Associated Press. It was one of 30 news organizations — out of 300 applicants across North America — selected in 2021 to participate in a program with the Facebook Journalism Project.

The Southeast Missourian covers a metro area anchored by Cape Girardeau, which is a thriving community with four hospitals, a university, and a bustling downtown district on the riverfront of the Mississippi. In addition to its news products, Rust Communications operates a marketing agency, events division, and magazine operation in Cape Girardeau.

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing why they would be a fit for the position. Applications should be submitted to assistant publisher Lucas Presson at

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