EdSource is seeking a visionary and dynamic editor to guide reporters in bringing stories about the nation’s largest and most diverse public education system to life.
The editor will provide day-to-day leadership marshalling the resources and accumulated talent of the largest education reporting team in California to heighten the impact of its reporting and to deliver the maximum public service.
Founded in 1977, EdSource is a highly-respected independent, nonprofit organization with the largest team of state-based education reporters in the nation. Our principal focus is on California, within the context of education reform and innovation nationally
We are looking for a candidate with a deep passion for education. In-depth knowledge of the key issues and debates in education at a state and national level is a plus.
The successful candidate will have experience:
- Guiding writers in developing stories that focus around a compelling issue or question that drives the narrative forward.
- Coaching writers in applying their topic expertise to produce authoritative stories that deepens public knowledge of the debates, decision-making and policies affecting the daily lives of children, their parents and teachers.
- Steering writers to ensure they fairly explore all angles of a story, consider the best lengths, formats and writing styles that will engage multiple audiences.
The exact responsibilities will be shaped by the experience and background the successful applicant brings to the position, but will generally include:
· Developing coverage priorities with the Executive Director, Senior Editor and other staff as appropriate.
· Attending weekly editorial meetings and encouraging discussions about how to interpret issues and present story ideas.
· Assigning articles and setting deadlines for staff writers, correspondents, freelancers and other writers.
· Providing perspective, context and advice on story structure to ensure accurate, thought-provoking and fair journalism.
Editing daily, weekly and in-depth stories on key education issues in the state.
· Working with the web developer, data, and graphic design staff to develop interactive visual components of stories; and on ways of packaging stories on the web.
· Coordinating with the social media manager on promoting stories, and expanding the reach of EdSource’s editorial content.
· Working with the Executive Director and assigned staff to seek and secure opportunities with other outlets for publication of EdSource Today articles.
· Elevating the profile of EdSource by participating as speaker, moderator or panel member at various education meetings and conferences.
Other duties as assigned.
· Stellar news sense and top-notch project management capabilities.
· Expertise in story shaping, line editing, and copy editing.
· Excellent headline writing a plus.
· Experience and commitment to using data to increase the impact of a story.
· Outstanding interpersonal communication and collaboration skills are a must.
· An understanding of the key role of social platforms.
· And an appreciation of the key role of nonprofit journalism in responding to the transformative changes in the communications landscape.
Benefits and Compensation:
EdSource prides itself on paying competitive salaries. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Along with the opportunity to do meaningful work with a team of experienced journalists in one of the great regions of the world, EdSource offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a range of medical plans, a retirement savings plan, generous vacation leave and 11 paid holidays a year, as well as professional development opportunities.
Send a cover letter, resume, four examples of the best work you either assigned, produced or edited, links to your social media accounts, and the names and contact information of three professional references to Lanita Pace-Hinton, deputy director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include job title in subject line.