Editor In Chief

Position Available at Sacramento News & Review
Posted October 1, 2018
Type of Position: Permanent Full-Time
The Sacramento News & Review is seeking an experienced Editor In Chief.

Published weekly since 1989, the award winning Sacramento News & Review provides a lively mixture of news, features, commentary, arts and a calendar of events. Our alt weekly reflects our work environment: decidedly NOT corporate, yet an effective foundation of passion and professionalism topped off with an edgy but laid-back attitude.

Candidates must have the proven ability to deliver a fresh, innovative publication to readers through management of editorial staff and freelancers. An aptitude for news and a flair for motivating writers to produce stylish and compelling magazine-length stories required.

This is a managerial position, supervising all Sacramento editors, copyeditors, proofreaders and staff reporters. The Editor oversees the scope and subject matter of all editorial content in the newspaper. The Editor ensures that all content is factually accurate, and does not conflict with legal guidelines including libel and invasion-of-privacy laws. Works with Art Director to coordinate design of the newspaper. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. The Editor will also work with the CEO to seek out new funding opportunities for the paper and for potential additional reporters. The position is based in Sacramento.

The News & Review is is proud to celebrate and exercise inclusion, free thinking, and equal opportunities in all aspects of our company structure. We prioritize creating workplaces that reflect the diversity within the communities we serve and where everyone can be their true, authentic self.


Typically 40 hrs/week

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop editorial vision, strategy, plans, and implement innovations, with the goals of improving the editorial quality and impact and increasing readership

Manage editorial processes to maintain and improve overall efficiency and productivity

Keep editorial expenses within budget

Set high standards of quality and improve the writing and editing skills of editorial staff

Ensure that there are no errors in spelling, punctuation, syntax or style in the editorial content of the newspaper; or supervise others who do this work

Assign and edit the feature-length story and oversee the planning, assigning and editing of the stories in the News and Culture Sections

Manage and develop staff to ensure a high quality product Identify and pursue ways that the News & Review can increase community outreach

Identify and pursue ways that the News & Review can use its role to create positive change within our communities

Work with Art Director to coordinate design of newspaper Work with Production Manager to coordinate deadlines and schedules, and resolve problems

Assist publisher in efforts to find non-traditional sources of funding for journalism, by creating and presenting proposals and explaining the firewall between funding and reporting

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position supervises all Sacramento editors, copyeditors, proofreaders and staff reporters.

Knowledge and Abilities

Affinity for the unique role of our paper in the community

Solid journalism background – strong understanding of libel and privacy law and journalistic ethics

Strong relationship building skills – ability to effectively manage staff and develop their skills; ability to partner with management and focus on common goals

Expert editing skills including ability to formulate stories, develop a diverse freelance team, coach writers and work with a variety of voices

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor's Degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university; or four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years of writing for a publication and two years of editing experience required. Two years of alternative newspaper experience required.

How to Apply:

If interested and qualified, please apply in the following manner.

Applicants who do not follow this application process will not be considered.

https://www.indeed.com/viewjob? t=editor+chief&jk=e154ce59393856d5&_ga=2.89506011.1702357952.15 38415450-715998308.1518467882

Through Indeed, please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that includes three (3) clips of your work with at least one copy of a publication you have played a role in guiding (URL or pasted). In the cover letter, please answer the following questions:

1. Identify a few key strengths and weaknesses of the SN&R.

2. Provide one detailed example of a best practice or innovation you instituted at a newspaper.

3. Describe the working relationship you have had with a publisher or supervisor in the past.

4. What publications and/or reporters do you most admire and why?

5. What do you want us to know about you that we won’t learn from your resume?

This is a regular in-house position. No remote work. No telephone calls, including agency reps, please. This position will remain open until filled.

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