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Managing Editor

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August 11, 2021
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Job Description

The Dogwood managing editor is responsible for overseeing the Virginia newsroom and ensuring that all content is aligned with the mission and consistent with advancing the goals and objectives of the company. This job is in Richmond, Virginia.

As a mission-driven media company, Courier Newsroom seeks to create a more informed, engaged, and representative America where traditional media outlets have failed. We believe that by providing the communities we serve—people who live in information silos—with credible, fact-based local journalism, we can build a healthier democracy from the ground up.

Our newsrooms deliver community-based storytelling to the online spaces where people get their information to highlight the forces that shape our lives while calling attention to the impacts of policy-making and political action on the local level.

The Managing Editor of Dogwood is responsible for overseeing the Virginia newsroom and ensuring that all content is mission-aligned and consistent with advancing the company’s goals and objectives. The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of Virginia politics and journalism, as well as an acute sense of impactful ways to deliver news and information on our priority platforms.

They will have experience in local news reporting as well as developing and activating audiences, particularly women, through visual content (including short- and long-form video, graphics, Reels, live conversations on social, and more). Not only do they understand the importance of nuance and detail in persuasive storytelling—particularly in spaces where news-averse, disengaged Virginia women typically spend time—they also have experience deploying it effectively.

They are always willing to try new things to help the average Virginia woman better understand how policy affects them, and will prioritize human storytelling over inaccessible horse-race political journalism.

The Managing Editor of Dogwood will have excellent written communication skills, and be familiar with using performance data from social platforms and newsletters to pull insights and implement content strategies based on those insights. They will work with other members of the Content department to ensure that coverage from their team is consistent with the publication’s brand identity and Courier’s mission and adds value.

They will also collaborate with members of the Growth & Distribution team on various efforts to grow their target audience of women and market their brand in such a way that helps generate revenue.

This position is based in Virginia and reports to the Regional Editorial Director. Candidates who do not live in Virginia should outline in their cover letter a clear reason for wanting to move to Virginia and a clear timeline for doing so.

Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited To

  • Recruit, hire, and manage a state-based editorial team
  • Work closely with the Regional Editorial Director to set the tone, editorial direction, and production schedule for the news site
  • Develop a state-based content strategy, including an editorial calendar that centers Courier content priorities and speaks to Dogwood’s target audience
  • Plan and manage all daily operations for the state site
  • Work with the Director of Social Strategy to ensure the content that is produced across platforms informs, engages, and resonates with audiences
  • Work with the Data and Analytics team to pull audience performance data and refine Dogwood’s content posting strategy based on insights
  • Update project management system (Airtable) daily to communicate and work effectively across the network
  • Work with editorial staff to develop and assign content ideas, address any issues that arise, keep the staff on the production schedule, and answer questions from other team leaders
  • Coordinate daily and weekly editorial meetings
  • Plan and approve assignments for staff and freelance writers and editors
  • Oversee proofreading procedures and edit copy when necessary
  • Assist in evaluating final copy for compliance with Courier’s house style, content priorities, and tone
  • Provide professional development to members of the Dogwood team and serve as a mentor to members of other departments
  • Manage relationships with freelancers, sources, and external stakeholders
  • Provide timely reports and collaborative feedback to the Regional Editorial Director
  • Be a spokesperson for the brand locally, which may include seeding content and developing influencer relationships

The Ideal Candidate Will

  • Reside in Virginia
  • Have a B.S. or B.A. degree or equivalent in journalism, communications, marketing, or a related field
  • Have 6+ years of experience in digital publishing, news reporting, editing or in digital political marketing or communications, including defining and growing a brand and voice through content.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong sense of voice and tone.
  • Have experience with building an engaged cross-platform audience through content (organic and/or paid)
  • Have experience with hiring, building, and managing a distributed team
  • Be familiar with performance analytics and social management tools such as CrowdTangle, Parse.ly Sprout, and Google Analytics, and with the process of deriving insights therefrom
  • Have strong management, interpersonal skills, and ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary stakeholders across the company
  • Be able to manage time and multi-task under tight deadlines
  • Have a passion for publishing quality news and content in an authentic voice across online and mobile channels
  • Be interested in or have prior experience in a fast-growth startup environment

Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to applicants who do not meet these qualifications.

Courier Newsroom offers a competitive benefits package including a full suite of health benefits, flexible time off, flexible working arrangements within a diverse and remote environment.

Courier Newsroom is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly urged to apply. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions.

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