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Digital and Managing Editor

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November 27, 2021
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Job Description

Responsible for managing the editorial workflow and overseeing the daily distribution of the online stories.

The Nashville Scene is an a medium-circulation alternative-weekly newspaper that has been serving our city for three decades and counting. A strong, independent voice, the Scene covers news, music, film, food, art, culture, and state and local politics in a way that only we can — with hard news, creative feature writing, long-form reporting, analysis and criticism that serves a diverse readership, and does so with a voice.

Our publication represents the growing, inclusive and vibrant community in Nashville. We strive to maintain a diverse array of full-time employees and freelance contributors, and to maintain an inclusive and anti-racist company culture. Our parent company FW Publishing does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status or disability. Representatives from all cultures and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Job Description

Responsible for managing editorial workflow and overseeing day-to-day distribution of our stories online. This includes website maintenance and management, assisting the editor-in-chief in assigning responsibilities to staff, writing and editing copy, maintaining a social media schedule and preparing email newsletters. Will also work with leadership to shape digital content contributions.

As managing editor of the Nashville Scene, this person will also help edit some stories, both online and for print. They will develop and continuously update a suite of web analytics and data-reporting products; provide regular analysis and report to publisher and editor; coordinate with our marketing and events team on social media and website strategies; manage and direct freelance writers who contribute to our print publication and website. Additionally, they will assist with select digitally-related tasks for the Scene’s sister publications at FW Publishing, including but not limited to Nfocus magazine.

Reporting to the Scene’s publisher and editor, they will lead development of stories and multimedia content for our website, newsletters and social media.

And finally, the managing and digital editor should be passionate about journalism, reporting and writing, and want to cover a beat and contribute editorially. Whether that beat is food, news, state and local politics, music, film, visual art or culture, we want to incorporate our new hire’s voice into our body of coverage.


  • Manage editorial workflow for print and digital outlets.
  • Analyze response and engagement to editorial content across website, newsletters and social media platforms
  • Assist in development of best-in-class dissemination of content and associated reporting and analysis; develop and collaborate on website strategy, including layout of website and metrics
  • Learn what works and what doesn’t when it comes to promoting and posting editorial content across various social platforms, and report findings to leadership
  • Assist leadership in developing a robust platform that utilizes video and other multimedia content on NashvilleScene.com and beyond
  • Participate in discussions with group leadership, including the publisher and staff editors, to provide digital content and digital products
  • Schedule, assign and ensure completion of print and digital work — on newsletters, website and social media
  • Participate in execution of day-to-day print and digital work in order to meet publishing deadlines
  • Assist editor-in-chief in resolving problems related to editorial workflow; help manage editors and contributors with EIC
  • Set a vision for digital products in partnership with publisher and editor
  • Lead editorial meetings and outline workflow
  • Assist with training employees, and work with each editor in the group to maximize individual performance

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in journalism, English, communications or related field, plus at least four years’ experience in an editorial leadership role in media or publishing
  • Experience managing high-quality, multi-channel publications (digital and/or print)
  • Experience building and managing networks of writers and contributors
  • Experience managing content, design and production staff
  • Excellent writing, reporting and editing skills. Detail- and deadline-oriented. We’ll need to see at least five examples of medium- to long-form work.
  • Proven track record of project management, including overseeing the development of video, web analytics and interactive online tools
  • Advanced skills in working with web-based software, project- and publication-management tools, and content management systems, including:
  • Web content management — experience with Squarespace, Wix and TownNews Blox CMS platforms a plus
  • Social media management — experience with content-management platforms such as Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Buffer or equivalent
  • Layout and design — experience with Adobe InDesign, InCopy or comparable publishing software; Adobe Photoshop or comparable graphics software; Adobe Illustrator or comparable vector graphics software
  • Proficiency in MS Outlook (PowerPoint, Word and Excel)

Please submit a cover letter, your résumé and three examples of recent work (via URLs) when you apply. Contact editor-in-chief D. Patrick Rodgers (editor@nashvillescene.com) and publisher Mike Smith (msmith@fwpublishing.com) to apply.

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