Managing 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 managing editor who will ensure that all of our journalists are laser-focused on producing quality journalism that serves our readers and our community.

This is a senior-level management position that will have a strong voice in the overall strategy and direction of the newsroom on a daily basis and long-term. The ideal managing editor will be digital-focused and have strong news judgment, writing, editing, social and reader engagement skills along with exceptional coaching abilities and leadership qualities. Working closely with the executive editor, the managing editor will have the authority to use those talents to shape our journalism from story conception to approach to distribution and promotion in order to maximize reach and impact, with an emphasis on strong accountability and watchdog journalism in all aspects of our coverage.

The editor will guide assigning editors, reporters and others throughout the editorial process, using a deep understanding of our audience and our community to help mold our coverage.  

The editor will need to do much of this work in a hands-on way and will work directly with reporters in some areas of coverage. At the same time, the editor will be teaching reporters and others to think and work in a reader- and community-centered way. 

The managing editor reports to the Herald-Leader’s executive editor/McClatchy’s Central regional editor. The managing editor will guide the work of journalists in the Lexington newsroom and will work closely with the regional audience growth editor, the regional service journalism editor and others to ensure we are collaborating effectively with other McClatchy newsrooms.

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