Features Editor

Position Available at Chico News & Review
Posted April 19, 2017
Type of Position: Permanent Full-Time
At the Chico News & Review, the Features Writer/Editor is in charge of two weekly sections—Greenways (environmental feature) and Healthlines (health feature)— plus, a handful of annual special projects. The duties therein include coming up with ideas for and planning out each week’s section (including photos); writing stories and assigning stories and photos to other writers (staff, intern and freelance reporters and photographers); and editing the resulting copy. This position is also responsible for writing a weekly news feature for the Newslines section, and contributing to or writing cover stories, as assigned by the editor. The Features Writer/Editor will attend weekly editorial meetings to discuss timely issues, topics and events from which to develop stories, and must keep on top of current local affairs and trends. The Features Writer/Editor will write a minimum of two stories per week (one feature, one news feature, plus any accompanying sidebars) while also editing or writing a third feature and contributing to other projects as assigned by the editor.

General Purpose:

This is a writing and editing position.

Hours:

40 hours per week; may need to work some nights and weekends, but mostly a daytime job.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Consistently meet deadlines

Attends the weekly editorial staff meeting

Works cooperatively with editors and art directors

Writing and editing

Story generation

Supervisory Responsibilities:

None

Qualifications:

Knowledge and Abilities:

Ability to develop sources through networking, using the telephone and developing relationships with people outside of the office

Ability to identify leads for stories through observing situations outside of the office

Knowledge of reporting techniques and ability to write in a magazine style

Must be able to take direction and meet strict deadlines

Mastery of AP style, grammar and punctuation

Interest and knowledge in health care and green issues and trends

Must be an excellent multitasker

Basic photography skills

Education and/or Experience:

Must have two years experience as a reporter or staff writer at a publication. A college degree in journalism or related field is preferred.

How To Apply:

Apply through Indeed:

https://www.indeed.com/cmp/News-&-Review/jobs/Feature- Writer-Editor-4bc953c6330408c3?q=Features

Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that includes the text of three samples of your work, or links to a URL. In the cover letter, please answer the following questions:

1. Why are you interested in the Features Editor position at the News & Review?

2. What important stories should the News & Review cover in the next six months?

3. What one or two things from your prior experience do you see as being the most relevant and valuable to help you succeed in this position?

4. Tell us something about you that we won't learn from your resume.

Applicants who do not fulfill all cover letter requirements will not be considered

Notes: The News & Review is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks diversity in the workplace. THIS IS A REGULAR IN-HOUSE POSITION. NO FREELANCE OR REMOTE WORK. LOCAL CANDIDATES ONLY. No telephone calls, including agency reps, please. This position will remain open until filled.
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