The RequirementsTo be a good fit for this opportunity you will have:
- A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or a related field, or the equivalent experience
- Multiple years of professional experience in print and digital media, including a proven ability to identify and oversee the reporting and writing of stories and online packages; reporting experience would be a strong plus
- Successful management and/or team leadership experience with multi-disciplinary teams
- Mastery of social media and digital interaction; experience working with video and social networking/functionality is highly desirable
- A sense of urgency to get the story now, balanced with the experience and discipline to know when a story is ready for readers
- A demonstrated ability to conceive story ideas and build a culture of ideas on a reporting team
- A solid track record of developing projects and managing them from inception to launch
- Experience with online metrics reports and analyzing their implications
- The ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and manage multiple, complex projects
- An understanding of the methods and tools used to deliver content across a variety of platforms and the ability to create efficiencies in the system to aid in content development and collection
- The insight to create engaging, interactive and optimized product offerings
- The ability to develop news content that differentiates the organization from competitors
- The ability to create and implement strategies to respond to the evolving nature of the industry by experimenting with new models, platforms, and ideas that stimulate audience engagement and revenue generation/growth
- The ability to work a flexible schedule that may include nights and weekends
- A strong leader
- Energetic and personable
- A motivated self-starter
- Organized and detail oriented
- Passionate about digital media and online journalism
The RoleReporting to the Managing Editor, you will be working with a team of six veteran journalists who cover an array of subjects including home and gardening, pop culture, shopping and fashion, food and drink, and travel. You will lead these reporters to become consistent contributors to our online platform while helping them engage with readers through comments, polls, videos, and other methods that were unavailable to journalists even a few years ago.
At times you will be faced with simultaneously editing stories that are being filed to our online system, conferring with reporters on developing ideas, and communicating with our publication hub on what stories are available for print editions, so you’ll need to be great at juggling responsibilities while meeting your goals. Your primary mission is to get more readers online. If you meet the goals of breaking news, giving readers stories they can’t find anywhere else, entertaining and informing, the readership will follow.
We know readers are traditionally interested in the subject areas that fall under your purview -- what to eat, what to drink, what to wear, how to make your yard and home look beautiful, and where to go on vacation. But we also know that traditional approaches, which may have been ideal for a world with a print edition delivered to the front porch each morning, don’t work in a digital world where readers are constantly on the hunt for what’s new and helpful. For example, our travel writer has recently found a way to shift some of her focus and her online audience has grown 44 percent in March/April 2014 vs. January/February 2014. You’ll find more ways to help keep this growth going, and to help the rest of your team do the same.
Other responsibilities will include:
- Working closely with other managing producers and editors across the newsroom, particularly the editor who oversees our music, movie, theater and arts coverage. As always, communication is key.
- Working closely with our visuals teams, including photo editors, photographers, videographers and graphic artists.
- Coordinating the needs of print and web production teams.
- Helping your reporters coordinate travel and other expense allocation associated with their jobs as needed.
- Communicating and coordinating with other Plain Dealer Publishing Co. editors on the delivery of content for shared initiatives.
Keys to SuccessReporting experience would be helpful, but to excel here you’ll need the creativity and curiosity to find ways to tell what could be a traditional story in a unique way that engages our online audience. You’ll need to be willing to find the fun, and to take risks that keep your stories fresh and interesting. And finally, you’ll need the interpersonal skills to manage your team, as well as your peers and relationships with the extended team.
We need journalists rooted in tried-and-true standards, but who have the digital savvy to succeed in this new world. We need journalists who know that the journalism must still come first, but who also understand how to give readers the content they want, how and when they want it. We need journalists who are eager to help us figure out the new landscape, even as they remain steadfast in their belief in the power and value of journalism.
If you’re the kind of journalist we’re looking for, then submit your resume today!