|Date Posted||May 24, 2023|
|Industry||Newspapers / Wires|
The Record-Journal seeks a versatile, experienced, City Editor to plan and supervise local news coverage for publication in print, online, and social media with an emphasis on digital-first coverage.
Join our experienced, award-winning team of journalists at the Record-Journal, an independent, family-owned newspaper serving central Connecticut for more than a century and a half. Part of the local RJ Media Group of newspapers, the Record-Journal was named New England Newspaper of the Year in 2021 and 2022 as well as one of Editor & Publisher magazine’s “10 Newspapers That Do It Right” in 2021 and 2023.
This role oversees the local newsroom, including both day-to-day beat reporting and longer-term in-depth and investigative coverage. The position supervises the Latino Communities Reporting Lab editor, providing specific coverage of our local Latino communities.
Plan and edit digital first content, email newsletters, and print content.
Ensure a smooth flow of stories to the website, newsletters, and social media channels throughout each day.
Manage investigative and in-depth content.
Supervise reporters, and the LCRL editor; including recruitment, retention, performance management, and employee development.
Act as a mentor to reporters; facilitate the development and improvement of key skills across core reporting and digital content creation.
Oversee multimedia coverage of city news.
Coordinate breaking news coverage 24/7.
Plan and edit stories for daily print editions.
Be available and responsive to readers and the general public.
Other duties may be assigned as needed.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
Knowledge of the newspaper industry and at least 5 years of experience in reporting and/or editing.
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES
Knowledge of libel and freedom of information law
Strong news judgment
Ability to supervise and manage personnel; strong interpersonal skills
Strong verbal and written communication
Organization and prioritization skills
Ability to interact effectively with the public
Ability to use data to influence coverage and help create more content that we understand our audience is interested in.
Digital media savvy including SEO and social media.
Physical- Sit: 90% Walk/Stand: 10%; Driving: No driving required; Body Movements: Normal;Lifting: None
Mental - Interpreting, organizing information; tight deadlines; problem solving; interpersonal relations
Environmental - Normal office environment.
Supervision- This position manages or supervises the work of at least two full-time employees, or the equivalent. This position includes decisions or recommendations regarding personnel actions such as hiring, disciplinary action, overtime, changes in pay, employee development, and terminations. This position has strategic oversight of a department, function and/or business segment.
RJ Media Group is an innovative, audience-focused news organization based in Meriden, Connecticut, with a rich history as a 156-year-old, family-owned company. 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, 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, disability, or any other protected class or characteristic. Any candidate selected must pass a background check and drug screen as a condition of employment.