City Editor (Portland Press Herald)
The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram seeks an outstanding, accomplished journalist to direct news coverage.
We are an ambitious news organization with high standards and a talented staff, and we need a superb journalist to help lead our efforts. We aim to do it all – breaking news, compelling narratives, major investigations, data-driven journalism with engaging interactives. For the right candidate, this is a fantastic opportunity. But you must be able to juggle a lot: big enterprise stories, medium-length dailies and quick breaking news. You will be involved in election coverage planning and may be called upon occasionally to help produce special news sections.
The city editor supervises five reporters – who cover City Hall, courts, crime and two regional general assignment beats – and two news assistants, and works closely with the other assignment editors, web editors and visuals editors. There is a heavy emphasis on getting breaking news to readers’ mobile devices and laptops as soon as it happens, but we also have a huge appetite for strong, exclusive enterprise journalism. We care deeply about beautiful writing, but our news organization’s defining characteristic is watchdog journalism.
The right candidate for this position possesses all of these qualities: You work with reporters as each story is conceived and throughout its development. You enjoy working collaboratively with your own staff and with other editors. You are as concerned with the depth of big Sunday stories as you are with getting breaking news posted quickly. You ask a lot of questions and prosecute stories. You think visually. You see interactive and multimedia potential in every idea. You monitor coverage in other publications. You recognize the value of social media, and you engage with it. You work with a sense of urgency. You give regular feedback to your staff. You are committed to diversity, inclusion and equity efforts.
If you are the best at what you do and share our zeal for ambitious journalism, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. You will be part of Maine’s finest and largest newsgathering operation, and you’ll live in a region with an extraordinarily high quality of life. A minimum of five years of daily news experience is required.
Send your resume and five examples of work you directed.
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
Short/Long Term Disability & Life Insurance
Employee Assistance Program
401k with company match
The Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer.