Assistant Managing Editor

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Bay Area News Group

Date Posted May 24, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Other
Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Job Status Full-time

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If you’re looking for your next big role – one that meets your desire to have impact and influence in a newsroom filled with smart, dedicated journalists – come work with us.

We’re looking for an ambitious, creative, thoughtful editor to lead a team of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists focused on accountability journalism and the most important stories of the day in California’s Bay Area. As an assistant managing editor, you will lead a team of assignment editors, beat and general assignment reporters, and investigative and data journalists – new hires and veteran journalists – focused on making an impact in one of the most interesting (and expensive) regions of the country. We cover it all, from Silicon Valley to the Sacramento Delta, Oakland to San Jose, the waters of the San Francisco Bay to the boardwalk in Santa Cruz. You should have a keen eye for great stories – the big ones that smack you in the face and the small gems you uncover step by step. We need you to inspire. Be a coach and mentor. Embrace metrics. Join us in reimaging what’s possible in a quickly changing news environment. Help us inform the readers of our two daily newspapers – The Mercury News and the East Bay Times – and a website that reaches the world.

Must be located in the South or East Bay Area with weekly onsite expectations in our San Jose office.

What you will do:

  • Manage journalists with a wide range of experience and talent to produce quick hits for our websites, centerpiece stories for the front page and expansive pieces that delight readers with beautiful writing

  • Provide strong, thoughtful editing, often on deadline, for a sophisticated print audience that appreciates excellent writing, balanced perspectives and a regional focus

  • Inspire our sharp watchdog reporters and help them execute the kind of hard-edge journalism that has set the Bay Area News Group apart from the competition

  • Interest in wide-ranging beats, from transportation and education to science, the environment and politics. Writers on the Focus team tackle the biggest stories of the day, from climate to housing to homelessness

  • Provide leadership during times of crisis. You’ll jump in to help us plan and execute coverage of wildfires, earthquakes, floods and the atmospheric rivers that upend trees, swamp rivers and lead to landslides

  • Collaborate with other news leaders across the newsroom and provide leadership across departments in pursuit of excellence

  • Use metrics to inform coverage and guide reporters and editors

What you will bring:

  • 10+ years of experience as an editor

  • Excellent news judgment and a drive to compete under deadline pressure

  • Experience managing investigative and data journalists, and a facility for using public records to complicate the narrative

  • Strong organizational and planning skills

  • A university degree in journalism or a related field

  • In our diverse region, facility with a second language is a plus

Please include a cover letter along with your resume.

The annual salary range is $75,000 to $100,000. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, time in role, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, MediaNews Group offers a comprehensive benefits package, and 401K plan (all benefits are based on eligibility).

Who we are:

Bay Area News Group is a media company whose portfolio is comprised of regional news and advertising products, as well as other well-positioned and growing digital businesses. Bay Area News Group is the single leading source of news and information for the majority of communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Our weekly audience exceeds 5 million through a portfolio of print and digital products. Bay Area News Group is a part of Media News Group, the second largest newspaper company in the United States. Our mission is to inform Bay Area communities by telling accurate and compelling stories that make an impact. Bay Area News Group is the largest newspaper publisher in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Our original flagship newspaper, The Mercury News, began as a broadsheet pulled from a hand press in 1851. From there it grew into a Pulitzer Prize-winning daily, in time combining resources with other leading papers to become the largest news publisher in the Bay Area. Today we have the most extensive newsroom staff covering this vibrant market, bolstered by top national and international news services. In April of 2016 Bay Area News Group consolidated its major dailies into two regional powerhouses: The Mercury News serving Silicon Valley and the Peninsula; and the East Bay Times serving Oakland, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton and the rest of the East Bay. Readers on each side of the bay get the news, information and entertainment that shapes and impacts their own lives. Further neighborhood coverage is provided by additional Bay Area News Group publications, including the Marin Independent Journal and dozens of community weeklies.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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