Assistant City Desk Editor

Company: 
Yakima Herald Republic
City: 
Yakima
State: 
WA
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The Yakima Herald-Republic is looking for a savvy, energetic assistant city editor ready to lead and transform our newsroom’s digital efforts and who also is driven by a fierce commitment to First Amendment journalism.        We need an editor who understands the importance of urgency in reporting the news online and is able to demonstrate that knowledge by helping reporters navigate a story from an initial online posting through a series of updates and into the finished product – ready for our audience well ahead of the usual end-of-the-day routine. This editor should be ready to coach reporters throughout the day – helping them refine their writing, tweaking headlines and leads on the fly – and then show them how to best package their content to capture and hold our audience’s attention.        This editor won’t compromise on journalistic standards and good, old-fashioned reporting and writing but he or she also understands the importance of connecting with our audience through social media and knows that we can’t just wait for our readers to come to us. Socialization and distribution of content should be this editor’s bailiwick as should a strong desire to experiment and try new techniques in reporting the news. This person shouldn’t hesitate to try Instagram, Snapchat or other social media or online platforms to reach our current audience and attract new viewers.    No, we don’t want click-bait but we do want to be innovative (and sometimes edgy) in our online presence as we respond to our audience’s demand for the news and information they want.        Breaking news, data-driven and watchdog journalism should be this editor’s bread and butter. He or she should be adept at asking hard questions of reporters and able to coach them through doing the same with their sources. Spotting holes in stories, bullet-proofing stories and coaching reporters to achieve the best writing and reporting they are capable of should be what drives this editor.        This editor also should have a hard news reporting background; content editing and supervisory experience is preferred, although we would be willing to consider reporters who have demonstrated strong leadership and project management skills. The job requires highly tuned organizational, planning, time-management, communication and critical thinking skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with other editors and staff. The ability to read and speak Spanish is a plus, and computer-assisted reporting skills also are valued.        The Herald-Republic is a 25,000 circulation daily with plenty of news to cover. We are located in a leading agricultural area known for its apples, other signature crops and a growing wine industry that has gained attention worldwide. The Yakima Valley is also immersed in contentious issues involving immigration, politics and natural resources. The Valley’s population is increasingly Latino, and its history is rooted in the American Indian tribes that make up the Yakama Nation.        Our low cost of living, true four-season weather and abundant sunshine make Yakima an ideal place to live. For leisure, Central Washington offers a wealth of outdoor recreation in the Cascade Mountains and the region’s rivers and lakes. Yakima has a small but thriving arts community, and the urban centers of Seattle and Portland, Ore., are just a few hours’ drive from here.        The Herald-Republic is part of the family-owned Seattle Times Co., which values diversity in the workplace as well as in its coverage. Applicants should submit a formal letter explaining what they have to offer, a résumé, a list of references, and work samples that may include stories you’ve written or stories you’ve directed and edited. Applications should be sent to Managing Editor Alison Bath at abath@yakimaherald.com

Schedule    Full-time 

Salary/compensation    $48,00-$55,000 annually 

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The Herald-Republic is part of the family-owned Seattle Times Co., which values diversity in the workplace as well as in its coverage. Applicants should submit a formal letter explaining what they have to offer, a résumé, a list of references, and work samples that may include stories you’ve written or stories you’ve directed and edited. Applications should be sent to Managing Editor Alison Bath at abath@yakimaherald.com.