Editor-in-Chief, Berkeleyside

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Berkeleyside is hiring for one of the best jobs in local journalism.

We are looking for a first-rate editor-in-chief to lead our pioneering nonprofit newsroom to new heights in its second decade. Our ideal applicant will be an experienced leader who is passionate about engaging with local communities and who is excited to build on our editorial team’s excellent track record.

Many Berkeleyans love and depend on Berkeleyside and we have a large, dynamic and engaged readership. There are community members we could do a better job of reaching, however, and we look forward to working with and supporting our new editor-in-chief in finding thoughtful and creative ways to reach and serve the information needs of more people who live and work in Berkeley, CA.

You’ll be joining us at a thrilling time. Launched in 2009, Berkeleyside has grown into a nationally lauded local news site — one that, in 2018,  raised $1 million in community support through a pioneering direct public offering and has won numerous journalism awards. Last year, Berkeleyside became a nonprofit newsroom through the launch of Cityside, our 501c3 committed to creating news platforms in communities underserved by local reporting. Cityside’s first launch, in June 2020, was The Oaklandside, a sister site to Berkeleyside dedicated to amplifying community voices, sharing the power of real information, and investigating systems, not just symptoms in Oakland, CA. Cityside has seed funding from the American Journalism Project and Google News Initiative.

In recent years, Berkeleyside’s newsroom has been led jointly by two of its co-founders, Frances Dinkelspiel and Tracey Taylor, who are now excited to pass the baton to a new leader who will bring new ideas, new passion and new approaches to the newsroom, so that they can focus on building Cityside.

While solely responsible for leading Berkeleyside, the editor-in-chief is part of a bigger mission to offer hope and optimism for the future of local news and will work closely with Cityside’s leadership team which is comprised of Cityside’s four founders (our CEO, Editorial Director, Executive Editor and Oaklandside’s Editor-in-Chief), as well as our VP, Client Partnerships, Audience Director, VP of Development, VP of Corporate Partnerships.

The position reports to Cityside’s editorial director and is based in Berkeley, California.

What you’ll do

  • Lead the Berkeleyside newsroom, managing a team of two senior editors (news and food) and one reporter, as well as a roster of regular freelance contributors. As the new editor-in-chief, you’ll lead the recruitment for a new senior reporter.
  • Define and implement Berkeleyside’s editorial mission, editorial policies, reporting beats and benchmarks, including equity and inclusion.
  • Ask the big questions that drive our daily reporting: What are the most important issues of the moment? What are our different communities’ information needs and how should we meet them? How should we cover issues and tell stories? How should we best structure our newsroom to deliver on our mission?
  • Work closely with editors and reporters on both story development and line editing.
  • Manage the daily news budget and workflows from scratch for staff and freelancers.
  • Assign stories and manage the editorial calendar.
  • Edit across a variety of formats, from daily news stories and newsletters to longform features.
  • Manage the Berkeleyside editorial financial budget.
  • Mentor the newsroom team members and help them to develop and reach their professional goals.
  • Develop and nurture partnerships to best serve Berkeley’s diverse communities and their information needs.
  • Work with others at Cityside, including our web developer/designer, to elevate Berkeleyside’s work and expand its reach, provide an optimal user experience and establish and meet  journalistic, audience and business goals.
  • Collaborate with The Oaklandside’s editors on editorial partnerships, regional stories, etc.
  • Be involved with programming, and share Berkeleyside’s  story at live and virtual events put on by Cityside.
  • Represent Berkeleyside and Cityside at public events, such as conferences and promote Berkeleyside coverage and its brand on public platforms. Work with the leadership team to help raise awareness of and funding for Berkeleyside, including making presentations to potential funders such as foundations.

What you’ll need to succeed

  • A minimum of seven years experience in a fast-paced newsroom, a proven track record in journalism, masterful local news judgment and razor-sharp editorial instincts.
  • First-rate story editing and copyediting skills.
  • Experience leading a team, and being a good communicator with a commitment to supporting and mentoring team members.
  • Excitement about how to grow and diversify Berkeleyside’s audience.
  • Cultural competence: the awareness and knowledge to ensure that our reporting agenda reflects the diversity of Berkeley, and the communication skills to coach and collaborate across lines of difference.
  • Excellent organizational skills with a deep love of process and a desire to refine our processes frequently to better serve our staff and community.
  • Familiarity and experience with social media and using them to amplify Berkeleyside’s reporting and reach different audiences.
  • A sense of possibility around notions of what journalism can look like, who it serves and who can contribute.
  • Feel just as comfortable editing a breaking news story on deadline as overseeing and conceptualizing longer term projects and deep-dives.
  • The ability to both respect Berkeleyside’s strong legacy while helping our nonprofit, mission-driven newsroom grow and adapt to the times we live in.
  • A collaborative spirit and a cool head.

We’re especially interested in candidates who

  • Have worked extensively in local, digital journalism. Familiarity with the Bay Area, and in particular Berkeley, is a plus.
  • Are personally grounded in underserved communities represented in Berkeley.
  • Have demonstrated experience in community engagement and audience growth.
  • The salary for this position is $100,000-$120,000, depending on experience. We offer a health plan, four weeks of paid leave and a 401(k) match.

We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom that represents the people and communities we serve. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for our editor-in-chief position, including but not limited to women, people of color, people who identify as queer, and people with disabilities.

How we’ll support you

  • Mentorship and a transparent internal review and feedback process
  • $1,000 annually for conferences and professional development training related to your role

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