Breaking News Editor

Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington, Kentucky

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Date Posted November 23, 2021
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


The Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader is seeking a Breaking News Editor who will lead our coverage of breaking news, public safety and other local topics with urgency and an eye focused on digital audiences and driving digital readership.

This assigning editor will be critical to starting the day off on the right foot, beginning early to maximize our peak digital audience. They will then drive digital news coverage throughout the day and manage a team in responding quickly and skillfully to breaking news and the biggest events of the day. This editor will directly supervise our public safety coverage (including the award-winning @HLpublicsafety Twitter feed), breaking news and other key local beats, work with and coach journalists on story direction and framing and provide strong content editing. This editor must understand the need for speed as well as context and accuracy and must be committed to responding to news with a sense of urgency across the newsroom.

This editor must be digital-first and fluent in audience-focused coverage in a competitive breaking news media environment. They must be proactive, driven and show initiative while also ensuring that coverage meets high standards for accuracy, fairness, depth and context. This editor must be comfortable with and proficient in using social media as a way to deliver and enhance coverage, visual and video journalism, SEO, analytics and readership metrics, news alerts, the use of email newsletters and other ways to deliver our breaking coverage to key digital audiences in real-time.

The breaking news editor will report to the managing editor and work directly with Lexington journalists. They must also be able to seamlessly collaborate and communicate with other teams and journalists in the newsroom on coverage, as well as with McClatchy’s regional growth and service journalism teams and regional and national real-time coverage teams -- all with a goal of driving digital readership.