Assistant Editor

Assistant Editor

Southwest News Media, a subsidiary of MediaNews Group, is looking for an experienced journalist to work in collaboration with its news team in covering the communities we serve. We publish six weekly newspapers and related website in a high-growth and changing area. Our focus is on producing hyper-local content that entices local residents to turn to us as the primary sources for local news and information.

Successful applicant will have strong journalism skills and be prepared to be a recognized leader in the newsroom. Direct and participate in news gathering and reporting for the print and digital news products. Storytelling in print and online is a top priority, in addition to producing video and social media content. Knowing the basics of writing, editing and photo journalism is important. Our primary mission is to entertain, inform and grow our audience base. Involvement in the community through participation in civic organizations as well as visibility that the job naturally fosters.

Knowledge/skill requirements:
-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
-Motivated self-starter who is passionate about producing great community content and enterprise reporting
-Editing experience and ability to write clean copy for both print and digital in a fast-paced, deadline-drive environment
-Work in collaboration with other team members in developing weekly story budgets and creation of multi-media packages
-Be intensely familiar with the communities assigned to oversee, and have trusted connections with local stakeholders
-Knowledge of content management system
-Must possess a sense of urgency in being first in providing accurate content that impacts our local communities
-Demonstrated fluency and success in using social media to drive audience engagement
-Participate in developing content related to special “advertorial” publications/projects
-Willingness to work nights, weekends and some holidays
-Candidate must have a valid driver’s license with a driving record that is insurable by the company

Due to the evolving nature of the media industry, job responsibilities may change, based upon the needs of company.

To apply send resume, cover letter and salary expectations to Mark Olson, molson@swpub.com