Government and Politics Editor

Posted On: November 6, 2012

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: Iowa Sourcemedia Group

Company Description

Our news operation is converged and is a quality-driven newsroom which combines digital, print and broadcast for The Gazette,, KCRG-TV9 , as well as several niche sites. Our company has a strong tradition of being independent and family owned.

Job Description

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids Iowa is seeking a dynamic government and politics editor to lead a team of nine staffers who cover government and politics at the national, state and local levels.

The ideal candidate has demonstrated excellence in creating agenda setting coverage plans, understands a converged newsroom as well as content sharing strategies, has background in watchdog and accountability reporting and is comfortable with data and analysis stories. The ideal candidate should have a strong foundation in beat management, but also understands digital beats have unique needs.

This is a hands-on editor role and the ideal candidate needs to be a strong coach who prides themselves as a motivator. The government team has a focus on enterprise reporting for all platforms as well as short- and long-term reporting projects.

Qualifications & Requirements
Ideal candidate will be a flexible, self-motivated, creative go-getter and problem solver who works well on a team and has excellent communication and team building skills. Candidate must be highly organized, a confident decision maker and committed to ongoing improvement and coaching. Candidate must also have strong writing skills and sound news judgment. Candidate must be attentive to detail and thrive in a fast-paced and deadline driven environment. Must have strong understanding of digital storytelling and social media skills and its applications.

A Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related course of study is preferred. Candidate must demonstrate ability to work quickly and accurately and must have ideas on how to present news in an ever-changing media landscape. Understanding of Web concepts and ability to regularly engage the audience is required, while some video, photography skills are desired. Five years of experience as a supervising editor or content manager preferred.

To Apply

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