American Banker seeks a managing editor

May 20, 2024

Posted by Chris Roush

The Managing Editor of American Banker, the largest of the seven Arizent publications, leads day-to-day editorial operations for our 185-year-old brand. The successful candidate for the Managing Editor role will be an enterprising, experienced business writer or editor with proven project management skills.  Proven research skills, detail-oriented editing and experience creating an efficient workflow are crucial.

Core responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain editorial standards of quality, objectivity, style and independence in our coverage that is distinctive, trustworthy, and actionable;
  • Assign story and other format ideas to staff journalists and actively coach them on reporting and writing; ensure their work achieves its stated goals before publication (clear focus, excellent production values, bold headlines, appropriate sourcing, strong supporting assets);
  • Identify, assign stories to and manage freelancers as appropriate, including administrative requirements related to expenses/invoicing;
  • Manage and curate American Banker’s daily email newsletters and update the AmericanBanker.com homepage
  • Provide editing help for our five reporting teams when needed;
  • Oversee copy editing;
  • Oversee the editing of BankThink, our op-ed section, and our Think Tank contributor forums;
  • Oversee the production of the print magazine, which is published nine times a year;
  • From time to time, report and write original stories.

In pursuit of the above, the Managing Editor, American Banker is expected to:

  • Ensure that content for each of the brand’s touch-points (website, email newsletters, social media, print magazine, video, podcast) is consistently produced on schedule, at a high level of quality, and in alignment with the company’s overall journalistic standards.
  • Manage freelance and T&E expenses according to budget, coordinating with and reporting to the Editor-in-Chief on a regular basis. Plan industry coverage requiring travel and approve plans in accord with budget.
  • Establish and maintain a public profile as a leading voice on banking in the press, on social media, and at industry events.
  • Actively collaborate with journalists and editors at other Arizent publications.

Additional responsibilities:

Journalists at Arizent are expected to contribute to and participate in all channels and platforms in which we engage our readers. Those activities include:

  • Create social media posts on a daily basis.
  • Participate in digital media, including podcasts, web seminars, and video interviews.
  • Participate in live and virtual events hosted by Arizent brands.
  • Represent American Banker in other media, industry events, and other public contexts; and
  • Offer creative ideas for how American Banker can continue to expand its rapidly growing presence and leadership within the community it serves.

Required qualifications:

Candidates should have a minimum of ten years of experience in journalism and experience managing a team.  Essential skills include an ability to generate unique story ideas and provocative analysis for a sophisticated audience, write clearly on deadline and collaborate closely with editors and other colleagues in a fast-paced newsroom.

  • 10+ years of experience in journalism.
  • Experience in managing teams of reporters and contributors, both internal and external.
  • Experience in creating and shaping journalism for multiple channels, including print, digital, video, audio and live events.
  • Track record of delivering journalism on time and within budget.
  • Detail-oriented approach with excellent organization and prioritization skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Experience and confidence participating in digital media and other public forums; excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
  • B.A./B.S. degree; journalism master’s degree is a plus.
  • Experience covering banking or finance is a plus.

To apply, go here.

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