Assistant Metro Editor
- Seattle, WA
- Full Time
Pay | This position typically pays between $67,000 and $84,000 per year
The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the nation’s premier regional news sources, is hiring an experienced Assistant Metro Editor to lead our Law and Justice team. As a member of our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom, you will lead coverage that responds quickly to breaking news while also focusing on watchdog enterprise and accountability reporting.
In this vital position, you will be responsible for accurate, responsible coverage of criminal justice issues and institutions, including the Seattle Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies, as well as state and federal courts in a region growing in population and complexity. You will edit and lead of a team of reporters, some with extensive experience in watchdog reporting, who relentlessly hold police accountable for use of force, racial bias and often dig down into major criminal trends. Ideally, you are a skillful editor and writing coach, have a strong background in criminal justice journalism, and will not only direct breaking news coverage but will also help reporters make the most of their enterprise skills.
The Law and Justice Editor will:
- Demonstrate strong news judgment, including an ability to decide quickly and confidently on a story’s potential and, later, its strength.
- Post breaking news stories for our website and social media, quickly followed by updates that add more detail and context.
- Analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, fairness, and legal issues such as libel.
- Identify stories that will drive readership, using social media, callouts, audience analytics.
- Contribute to the newsroomwide establishment and dissemination of policies and practices related to crime reporting.
- Ensure the Times is covering news with a digital-first mindset and is engaging readers through social media, chats, user-generated content tools and other means.
- Push staffers to keep their digital skills up-to-date, provide the necessary training, and lead by example in this regard.
- Initiate and oversee staff development, with a focus on coaching.
- Maintain continuous communication with fellow editors and reporters and other departments, taking full advantage of photos, video, graphics, illustrations and databases on all our digital platforms and in print.
- Be willing to work non-standard schedules when news coverage or staffing needs demand it.
- Have social media skills, including the ability to use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other emerging social networks to gather and disseminate news.
- Be an enthusiastic colleague and a champion of our core values of accuracy, journalistic ethics and inclusiveness.
- Familiarity with inclusive journalism practices, from sourcing to story framing to word choice and presentation.
- Lead fearlessly and embrace change.
We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your cover letter.
- Experience: At least five years’ reporting and editing experience at a metro daily or other news organization, including supervisory experience.
- Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience in watchdog and accountability journalism. Be able to file public-record requests and search databases.
- Must have the ability to find holes in a story, ask the right questions under deadline pressure, and understand story organization and how to achieve it.
- Cultural competence and awareness of best practices related to inclusive journalism.
- Collaborative spirit; diplomacy when communicating up, down and across teams.
- Must apply the Times’ standards for accuracy, fairness and professional conduct in work and in person.
May have to work occasional weekends, nights and holidays.
Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.
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