- Job Type: Full-Time
- Company: Williamsport Sun-Gazette
- Company Website: sungazette.com
- Contact Name: L. Lee "Laura" Janssen
- Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact Phone: 570-326-1551 Ext. 3121
- City: Williamsport
- State: Pennsylvania
- Country: United States
- Zip/Postal Code: 17701
The Williamsport Sun-Gazette is seeking a seasoned news veteran with editing experience to be its next city editor. The city editor is responsible for setting priorities and directing staff to provide readers with excellent journalism and maximize the growth of the Sun-Gazette audience in this critical area.
Now in our 217th year of continuous publication, we are a seven-day morning newspaper in a small city in north central Pennsylvania that covers a daily mix of urban, suburban and rural issues.
In this role, you will assign and direct individual stories and reporting projects that offer Sun-Gazette readers up-to-the-minute news and the emerging, important trends that affect their communities. You will act as a mentor to young reporters, providing guidance and building skills for the staff. The city editor should love the news business and be able to pass on that enthusiasm to get the story, get it right and make it essential reading. This person will help guide our staff on a daily mission to hold public officials and institutions accountable. We are looking for an experienced editor with rock-solid news judgement who can help reporters look beyond the obvious, see the big picture, ask pointed questions and get answers, file open records requests and find and interpret data. The job also entails daily planning, updating and management of our website, and some pagination.
If you are right for this challenge, this is how we would describe you: You have, or can quickly develop, a deep understanding of the region, its major issues and its recent history so the city desk can provide informed and insightful coverage. You have strong leadership skills, the ability to work on multiple projects with different focuses in quick succession and a willingness to learn. Your news judgment is solid; you thrive in a fast-paced environment and are committed to journalism and its role in ensuring a free and informed society. Knowledge of public records law and courage to push boundaries with public officials when appropriate are important.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and at least five years’ experience in journalism. Management experience preferred. Some experience with video and multimedia storytelling a definite plus.
This is a full-time, salaried position with paid vacation, holiday and sick days, benefits package and future advancement opportunities. To apply, please send a resume, five clips that include two of your own writing and three stories you’ve edited, and a cover letter explaining your management style and goals as city editor. Please put “city editor position” in the subject line.