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Editorial Page Editor, Frederick News-Post - Frederick, MD

Come to colorful, diverse, historic, Frederick Maryland to report and write thoughtful and hard-hitting editorials about a county of a quarter million people that is undergoing dramatic change in its demographics and politics. Youll be the leading editorial voice on all of our platforms - print, web, social media --for The Frederick News-Post -- Fredericks 133-year-old, seven-days-a week daily newspaper and 24-hour website that is the leading source for local news and information.

 

Frederick County, just 45 miles equidistant from Baltimore and Washington D.C., is still Marylands largest agricultural county, with traditional dairy plus a rising sector of new organic farms and wineries. It is a county steeped in Civil War and colonial history the county is framed by three battlefields Antietam, Gettysburg, and Monocacy. At the same time it has an historic and attractive Frederick City at its heart, Marylands second largest city after Baltimore, which is fast becoming a magnet for artisans, musicians and foodies as its downtown transforms into a tourist and culture destination.

 

Frederick County is also quickly becoming a highly educated center of life sciences. We are home to 85 biotechnology companies. And the most cutting-edge research of the National Cancer Institute takes place here in Frederick County. The county has two four-year colleges Hood College and Mount Saint Marys University and a thriving Frederick Community College. In addition, Frederick County has a major pharmaceutical presence with Astra-Zeneca and the U.S. Armys Fort Detrick installations, which are home to the militarys disease research branches and biological defense arms. Successful treatments for the Ebola virus, for example, were developed here. And PhDs, researchers, laboratory workers are becoming as numerous as farmers in this diverse county.

 

Politically, Democrats dominate in downtown Frederick, but Republicans still lead in the rural parts of the county. The Frederick suburbs, full of commuters to D.C. and Baltimore, are up for grabs. The county government is brand new as in 2014 the voters threw out the old county commission form of government and voted in a new charter form of government with a strong county executive and county council. Voters elected a woman Democrat as their new executive after years of Republican control.

 

We need you to research, report, and get out in the community to write compelling, inspiring editorials under an editorial board that includes the family that has owned the paper since its founding in 1883 plus an engaged publisher and editor. We want you out in the community representing us, and listening to whats going on.

Youll be responsible for five editorials per week, shaping the daily letters to the editor column and overseeing our stable of more than 30 local contributors who vary in ideology and quality but write locally produced, signed columns about local topics almost every day. In addition youll choose, from wire services and syndicates, editorial cartoons and columns and data points that express or explain a strong point of view.

 

We also want you to be our editorial voice on all of our social media streams and our website, using those electronic platforms to fullest effect to engage our readers online and helps us grow our online membership. (We do have a pay wall.)

 

Our daily editorial page plus three pages of commentary on Sundays do not endorse candidates although we weigh in strongly on local issues. We conduct community forums, not only with local candidates during election season, but on issues dividing the community, and we want our editorial page editor to lead and be fully engaged in moderating and organizing these forums. On national topics we strive for balance with a mix of provocative views from left and right.

 

We want the editorial page to be more lively and innovative. We like to see unusual content on the printed editorial page and the opinion section on the website. If you want to put up a primary source document, or a compelling photograph, or put together a revealing reported graphic, we want you. Do you see a compelling line of online comments on a story or column? Edit them and post them or print them. Do you want to do some serious research on a local issue and write an editorial series? Great, come work for us.

 

If you are a strong writer, with conviction, voice and energy, and want to work in a wonderful county with compelling politics, abundant recreational opportunities (Appalachian Trail is here) and a growing presence of wineries, craft breweries and distilleries, then come to Frederick and opine on the great national, and crucial local, topics of the day.

 

Bachelors degree in journalism, political science, history, English or other relevant subject required. Five to six years experience as a journalist and editor. Two-years experience in a supervisory or administrative role highly desirable.

 

Please submit a resume and cover letter, five of your best editorials, and an essay about why you think you would make a great editorial page editor and opinion leader for Frederick County to: Jobs@newspost.com. Please include job title in subject line of email.

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