Journo Jobs

The Oaklandside seeks a managing editor

November 2, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

What you’ll do:

  • Own our daily story budget, monitoring for accuracy, timeliness, and balance and proactively solving problems
  • Evaluate and iteratively improve our existing publishing workflows
  • Assign and edit stories in coordination with reporters and editors
  • Lead on developing and tracking performance objectives for the Oaklandside editorial team
  • Drive special coverage and longer term projects such as election planning, collaborations with other Cityside newsrooms or outside outlets, and story packages
  • Work with our editor-in-chief and news editor to ensure that our journalism aligns with our founding values and ongoing feedback from readers through initiatives like our Mission Metrics program
  • Share input on editorial and professional development training needs, and help plan special staff meetings and retreats
  • Help to build a culture of feedback in the newsroom, leading on collecting and responding to feedback on our editorial operations
  • Long-term strategic planning with the EIC and news editor, including evaluating and iterating our editorial vision and our editorial priorities, audience growth, newsroom expansion, and more

Required qualifications:

  • 6+ years in a daily digital newsroom with at least 4 years of full-time experience managing journalists and editing breaking, daily, and enterprise stories
  • Proven ability to think deeply about journalistic projects, uphold editorial standards, and edit and coach journalists through any part of the pitching, reporting, writing, editing, or production process
  • Track record of thinking and working creatively and collaboratively with journalists, both internally (including editors, visual journalists, audience directors, data journalists, and reporters) and externally (in the case of collaborations or partnerships with other newsrooms)
  • Excellent verbal and written interpersonal communication
  • Ability to maintain both empathy and journalistic rigor in fast-paced, distributed environments
  • Experience with newsroom content management systems
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • An interest in continuously working to be a better editor and manager
  • A desire to teach aforementioned concepts and/or mentor based on individual or team needs
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Must be able to commute to our office in downtown Oakland

We’re especially interested in candidates who…

  • Have local daily news experience in a digital-first newsroom
  • Have investigative editing experience
  • Have significant experience working with visual journalists
  • Have experience reporting and/or editing in Oakland or a similarly sized, diverse city
  • Have significant reporting experience
  • Have worked with Newspack or another WordPress CMS
  • Have experience editing across a range of formats and platforms, especially data journalism, social-first storytelling, and in-person events

Annual salary of $95,000-110,000 per year commensurate experience

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