News Editor, School Library Journal

Posted On: January 31, 2014

Journalism Job

Media Organization: Media Source, Inc.

Company Description

School Library Journal, the leading independent publication serving school and children’s librarians, based in New York City, with monthly print publication and daily and weekly Web products, seeks an experienced reporter and editor to cover library, K-12 education, and publishing news. Coverage broadly encompasses the school beat, including legislation, policy, funding, and reform issues; public libraries; education technology; news in kids and YA (young adult) publishing, including authors; and industry initiatives, as well as cornerstone issues, including literacy, copyright, intellectual freedom, and privacy.

Job Description

The News Editor will write and report stories, overseeing news flow to the website, e-newsletters, and print magazine, and assign and edit stories by freelancers and in-house staff. He or she will forge relationships across the library, school, and vendor communities toward developing in-depth knowledge of this unique beat, and seek to build a stable of freelancers. The News Editor will also edit and occasionally write features, edit opinion and other columns, and contribute to broader content development. The News Editor will also represent SLJ at conferences and on panels and webcasts.

Position Requirements:
• Position requires excellent reporting and editing skills, quick and independent decision-making around news and the ability to turn around polished stories on deadline.
• Experience with social networking in a journalistic context and other communication technologies is a plus.
• Substantial reporting experience required with print and/or online clips that show range of work including stories, analysis, news features, surveys, etc.
• Familiarity with libraries and education is desirable.
• Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or other relevant humanities.

Benefits include:
• Medical/Dental/Vision/Flexible Spending
• Basic Life insurance
• Supplemental Life Insurance & Short/Long Term Disability
• Paid Time Off
• Paid Holidays
• 401(k) with Company match

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirement & writing samples (including news, reviews and/or featured articles) to Resumes received without salary requirements will not be considered.