Seeking Page Designer / Copy Editor

St. Joseph News-Press

Date PostedOctober 28, 2015
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
LocationSaint Joseph, Missouri
Job StatusFull-time


St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press (daily print editions and online at is seeking to fill an immediate opening for a page designer / copy editor to join our universal copy desk. St. Joseph is a community of 80,000 located about 40 miles north of Kansas City, Mo. The newspaper serves an audience in 21 counties in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The universal copy desk produces the main news section, local / regional news section, business pages, lifestyles section and sports section on a daily deadline. It also does design and editing for advance sections and special projects. Responsibilities of the page designer / copy editor include story and photo selections (in partnership with the other editors), editing, headlines, page designs and production of the finished pages. We emphasize content that is compelling, relevant and valuable to our readers.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: We prefer a four-year college degree in journalism, mass communications or English. We also prefer two or more years of professional experience, although college graduates with experience on a college newspaper and in internships will be considered. We seek a strong orientation to journalism and newspaper page design and copy editing; proficiency in spelling, grammar, punctuation and style; proficiency in the technical and creative aspects of newspaper page design (we use InDesign and Blox); and the ability to work on deadline. Midwest candidates are preferred but others will be given consideration. Employment is contingent on passage of a drug screening and background screening.

TO APPLY: Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a brief introductory letter explaining your interest in this position; a resume and references; and three to five examples of your best work. Please also note you are applying for POSITION 1028PD. Send your materials to or by mail to Human Resources, St. Joseph News-Press, 825 Edmond St., St. Joseph, MO 64501.

Prospective applicants also are welcome to call and speak with the newsroom supervising editor, Executive Editor Dennis Ellsworth. The phone number is (816) 271-8550.

St. Joseph News-Press is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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