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Commentary Editor

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April 6, 2022
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Job Description

The Dallas Morning News is seeking a Commentary Editor to help lead editorial board management and strategy, with a specific focus on daily op-eds and Sunday op-eds.

The Dallas Morning News is seeking a Commentary Editor to help lead the management and strategy of our Editorial Board, with a specific focus on daily Op-Eds and our Sunday Opinion section. The commentary editor reports to the Editorial Page Editor and is responsible for overseeing multiple areas.

These include responsibility for the generation of thoughtful, timely and engaging Op-Eds from a variety of writers, recruiting writers, assisting in the management and oversight of a freelance budget, assisting in developing our Areas of Engagement, managing major special projects, and representing the News at events outside of the paper.

This is an important leadership role, and the right candidate will be, first, an excellent journalist, with the best editing, writing and reporting skills.

The commentary editor position requires leading by understanding topics that are important to our readers and presenting balanced and insightful perspectives that are more persuasive than provocative. You must be open to different points of view and willing to offer readers opinions that go deeper on subjects of interest. A clear understanding of local and state issues and a knowledge of writers who can contribute quickly and with expertise is important.

The commentary editor also participates as a full member of the Editorial Board and is expected to contribute collaboratively, with some editorial writing duties and column writing opportunities.

*The Editorial Board is a team, and the Commentary Editor must be willing to help the team at every level. *

  • Develops daily commentary for The Dallas Morning News
  • Manages Assistant Editorial Page Editor
  • With the Editorial Page Editor, responsible for daily Op-Eds and Sunday Opinion section
  • Assists in developing and implementing strategy for Areas of Emphasis (AOEs)
  • With the Editorial Page Editor and Deputy Editorial Page Editor, assists in managing Editorial Board meetings from invitation to meeting to post-meeting. Such meetings can include elected officials at every level, corporate leaders, foreign diplomats and others seeking to share perspective with the News
  • Develops sources and writers throughout areas of coverage and is fluent in matters of local and state concern
  • Leads in careful management and oversight of freelance budget
  • Is thoroughly versed in the paper’s standing positions and prepared to support them
  • Schedules and manages special projects, including the popular Voter Guide
  • With the Editorial Page Editor, sets and meets audience and conversion goals and uses analytics to track performance

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree. Minimum of five years experience at a major daily and at least two years experience in opinion journalism. Evidence of enterprise and investigative reporting skills are preferred. Excellent writing and editing ability and clips to demonstrate such. Spanish language ability is valued.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume describing your interest in this position.

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