Regional Editor at Gannett

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Regional How We Live Editor:

Gannett’s Atlantic Group is seeking a smart and sharp editor who can oversee a new team that sits at the intersection of race and culture. The How We Live Editor reports to the regional editor and will work with a group of experienced reporters to ferret out stories that examine how racial biases, traditions, culture, art, music, politics, food and more intersect with our everyday lives. The How We Live editor must balance stories with a softer edge that educate and inform, with those that are investigatory and lead to impact.

This editor, for instance, will have his/her team examine why interracial dating is forbidden in certain cultures; how we got our ethnic foods; and why perceptions exist that portray political party affiliation in certain ways. These and many other topics are ripe for exploration, with race and biases serving either as a subtle reminder of our differences or standing out as glaring issues that demand change.

This editor, for example, will propose, shepherd, edit and deliver hard-hitting enterprise exploring, for example, the origins of police brutality towards blacks, the lack of minority teachers in area schools, criminal justice reform, and much more. These stories will range from curious observations that inform and enlighten readers in short takes, and in deeper dives and quick-hit features that are revelatory and change lives and laws.

So as you can see, this How We Live Editor is well-read, has excellent negotiating skills, can spot a great story buried in opaque writing and has proven investigative chops. The best candidate also has a great eye for needed details, focused reporting, and storytelling. He/she will possess exceptional editing and writing skills and will work with a cross-team of editors across the region. He/she embraces our digital future and must be knowledgeable about various forms of storytelling, ranging from video docu-series and podcasts to long and short-form narrative writing.

Qualifications:

  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree, have five or more years of experience as an editor working with reporters and other editors preferably in a matrixed news organization.
  • Must be a self-starter, with strong organizational skills.
  • Must be proficient in the use of computers, and social media.
  • IRE membership and training preferred.

Start Date:
Immediate

Salary:
Commensurate with experience

Location:
Virtual for the immediate future

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