The Litchfield Independent Review, an award-winning weekly newspaper located in central Minnesota, seeks an editor to lead its news team. The successful applicant will have strong journalism skills and be prepared to lead a small news team and continue a tradition of excellent community journalism.

The editor will direct and participate in news gathering and reporting for the print and digital news products. Storytelling in print and various online avenues, including video, as well as the basics of writing, editing, photo journalism are important. Involvement in the community also is an important role for the editor, through participation in civic organizations as well as visibility that the job of community newspaper editor naturally fosters.

Organization must be a strength. The editor also is expected to be an agent of change, leading the news team to improvements that will take the Independent Review’s content to the next level. Leadership should focus on audience growth and engagement in mind.

This full-time position offers a competitive wage, benefits including 401(k) and profit sharing, health insurance, PTO and paid holidays.

Qualifications include:

– Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
– Editing experience and ability to write clean copy for both print and digital in a fast-paced, deadline-drive environment
– Management and/or team leadership experience
– Comfortable operating in rapidly changing media environment
– Knowledge of content management system
– Demonstrated fluency and success in using social media to drive audience engagement
– Candidate must have a valid driver’s license with a driving record that is insurable by the company

The Litchfield Independent Review is published by Crow River Media, a division of Big Fish Works. Affiliate newspapers include: Hutchinson Leader, International Falls Journal, Chanhassen Villager, Chaska Herald, Eden Prairie News, Jordan Independent, Prior Lake American, Savage Pacer and Shakopee Valley News. Collaboration, Community, Integrity, Passion and Perseverance are our company’s core values.

Send cover letter, resume and clips to: Publisher Brent Schacherer, Crow River Media, 170 Shady Ridge Road NW, Suite 100, Hutchinson, MN 55350; email address is schacherer@hutchinsonleader.com.