Editor in Chief

  • Full-time
  • San Antonio
  • Applications have closed

Website San Antonio Report

The San Antonio Report is searching for a new editor in chief to follow our founder and current editor and weekly columnist Robert Rivard.

Founded as the Rivard Report in 2012, our nonprofit, nonpartisan organization is seeking an experienced digital journalist and proven newsroom leader adept at producing high-impact community journalism. The successful candidate will lead a team of 15 dynamic reporters, photographers, and editors, bolstered by regular freelance contributors and reader commentaries and features.

The new editor will report to and collaborate closely with the publisher/CEO, but the business side does not play a role in editorial decisions; the newsroom does not consider funding sources in determining coverage. The publisher/CEO reports to a 10-person board of directors.

Applicants for the position should have substantial experience in digital journalism, and be comfortable operating in a 24/7 news environment. Our reporting beats focus on local government, education, social issues, business, public health, neighborhoods and development, the environment, and arts and culture. Each of our journalists are encouraged to pursue enterprise and investigative journalism.

The ideal applicant will be a leader who is passionate about engaging with local communities and who is excited to build on our team’s excellent track record by sharpening and refining our editorial strategy.

At the same time, we seek a leader who will work to preserve the culture and work environment we have carefully built over our nine years. There is a distinct familial quality to the San Antonio Report, which we value highly. We office in a late-19th century building where pet dogs and bicycles are emblematic of the relaxed office environment. Team members expect to have a voice and be heard in important decisions and changes.

Candidates for editor in chief should think about the job as having a set of internal and external responsibilities.

Internally, the editor will work with the publisher and business team on overall objectives, such as growing and analyzing readership and identifying issues suited to civic engagement events. In the newsroom, the editor will work closely with the managing editor, a position currently filled on an interim basis, who oversees the day-to-day coverage.

The editor in chief will lead weekly meetings, plan long-range coverage efforts, and challenge the team to find ways beyond traditional news coverage to elevate the site’s relevance and community service.

Externally, the editor in chief must be adept at developing a community profile, serving alongside the publisher as the individual face of the organization, and interacting with community leaders in all sectors. Candidates should be comfortable representing the San Antonio Report in various public speaking venues.

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 the San Antonio Report audience

●      Cultural competence: the awareness and knowledge to ensure that our reporting agenda reflects the diversity of San Antonio and South Texas, and the communication skills to coach and collaborate across lines of difference.

●      Excellent organizational skills with an appreciation of process

●      Familiarity and experience with social media and using them to amplify our reporting and community outreach

●      A sense of possibility around notions of what journalism can look like, who it serves and who can contribute, and how we move into the future with new ideas, risk-taking, and thought and action that challenges the status quo

●      Feeling just as comfortable editing a breaking news story on deadline as overseeing and conceptualizing longer-term projects

●      A collaborative spirit and a cool head

We’re especially interested in candidates who
●      Have worked extensively in local, digital journalism. Familiarity with Texas is a big plus.

●      Have demonstrated experience in community engagement and audience growth.

The salary for this position is competitive. Employees enjoy 20 days of personal time off, nine paid holidays, a 401(k) plan, health benefits, and paid parental leave.

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.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, résumé and list of three references by 5 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2021 to Angie Mock, Publisher & CEO, to apply@sareport.org with the subject line Application for Editor in Chief.