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Editor, The Calvert Recorder, Prince Frederick, MD

Job Summary 
The editor is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the newsroom, from making story, photo and video assignments, to laying out pages, posting content online, posting on social media to drive traffic to the newspaper’s online edition.  The editor makes sure the newspaper meets its production schedule to ensure that press times are met. The editor makes sure reporters and the deputy editor keep up on assignments, assignment calendar and assists with making sure breaking news is covered in a thorough way. The editor edits copy, and/or imports or exports copy to and from the other twice-weekly publications in Southern Maryland. The editor writes editorials, edits copy and photo captions, proofs pages, encourages staff to produce videos to post online, keeps an assignment calendar and is the manager of the newspaper’s editorial staff.

The editor fields and mediates calls from the public, meeting with politicians and various community members and handling personnel issues. The editor meets with staff to coordinate assignments and to plan stories, meet individually with reporters to go over stories and holds periodic meetings to go over goals and to discuss problems. The editor makes sure breaking news is posted to the online edition, encourages staff to post photos, photo galleries and videos online.  In the event the office is closed due to inclement weather, the editor coordinates coverage for online postings.

Job Functions

The successful candidate must be flexible, a self-starter, attentive to details, diplomatic, able to provide direction and able to multi-task. This position will work successfully with different personality types. Candidates for this position should have strong interpersonal skills and client orientation and exhibit an ability to work effectively with internal and external contacts as a team member as well as a team leader.

Essential Functions:

·       Ability to manage staff of reporters, strong organizational skills.

·       Make assignments and adjust schedules to maximize local news content.

·       Assists in posting online content to include text, photos and videos; writes editorials.

·       Works with all other departments, helps to achieve daily goals.

·       Must be able to edit and format copy and be able to anticipate workloads based on productions schedules.

·       Perform job duties and conduct self in accordance with company core values.

·       Initiate and nurture effective, professional relationships with internal and external contacts.

 

Minimum Requirements:

Prior editing and reporting experience required, as well as a demonstrated ability to multi-task.

 

Technology Skills:   

Proficiency in Adobe products, notably InDesign or another layout software, is strongly preferred. Facility with social media such as Facebook and Twitter are also preferred.

 

Education:                  

Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field preferred.

EOE

Interested candidates should forward their resumes with three examples of their writing to 

Executive Editor Donnie Morgan at dmorgan@somdnews.com

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Benefits

The fringe benefits include medical (split between employer and employee), dental and vision options (employee paid). There are three company-sponsored benefits, including short-term disability, long-term disability and a term life insurance policy. The company pays for these six major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day). In addition, employees accrue 3.33 hours of paid leave per pay period in the first year of employment (80 hours) and increasing to 5.0 hours per pay period (120 hours) after their one-year anniversary of employment. The company has the option of making a discretionary match to the 401K retirement plan after year’s end.

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