montrosepress The Montrose Daily Press

Position: News Editor

Department: Editorial

Reports To: Managing Editor

Classification: Exempt

Hours: 40 hours weekly

Nature of Work:

This position is responsible for local news coverage and works under the direction of the Managing Editor. This position supervises staff reporters, assigns stories, and schedules work.

This position functions as the second in command of the newsroom. The person in this position must work closely with the Managing Editor to develop the news product and maintain high journalism standards.

Essential Functions:

Schedules the work hours of reporters and copy editors to maximize efficiency.

Formulate story ideas and projects.

Responsible for the city beat and writes regular news stories as assigned

Assigns stories.

Helps plan, execute, direct and review local news coverage

Provide quality photographs for publication.

Cultivate and maintain excellent communications with contacts in assigned beats.

Lead editorial team in managing editor’s absence, to include story planning, assignments and editing.

Paginate pages news, lifestyle and sports pages as necessary.

Work with other departments as necessary to ensure newspaper’s success.

Adhere to all company policies as outlined in employee handbooks.

Other duties as outlined by supervisor.

Other Functions:

Must be able to travel to and from assignments

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Must have an excellent working knowledge of newspaper journalism

Must be able to plan and direct work and effectively supervise others

Must have working knowledge of journalism standards and libel laws.

Must have a working knowledge of In Design, Quark and Photoshop.

Must be able to work effectively and efficiently under deadlines.

Must work well with others.

Must possess excellent verbal and written communications skills.

Must be able to work flexible shifts. Nights and weekend work should be expected.

Education and Experience:

Minimum three years experience in editing, design, layout and reporting.

Computer experience required, In Design, Quark and Photoshop knowledge preferred.

Some supervisory experience required.

Journalism, communications or related degree preferred, or acceptable equivalent experience.

Work Environment:

This position works in the office and in the field covering assignments.

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