Assistant Metro Editor

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The Seattle Times

Date Posted July 08, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Local News
Job Status Full-time


The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the nation’s premier regional news sources, is seeking a savvy and well-rounded Assistant Metro Editor. This job focuses on editing breaking news and event-based coverage on nights and weekends. The editor also must help select, edit and publish wire stories and assist the copy desk with executing our print plan. 

Schedule: This editor will work 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Some weekend days may go longer. And this editor will work 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Wednesday. This is a hybrid position requiring about two days per week in the office. 


  • Be able to work in high-pressure situations when big news hits and deadlines are tight.
  • Have experience editing a wide range of topics, including crime, transportation, politics and human interest features with the ability to quickly come up to speed on unfamiliar subjects.
  • Supervise a breaking news reporter and play a key leadership role in a broader breaking news team.
  • Collaborate with your fellow assistant metro editors, including helping to edit stories from other reporters.
  • Be inclusive in coverage, making sure stories include a range of sources and that they fairly represent the rich cultural diversity of our region.
  • Have a knack for identifying stories readers in the Seattle area will be interested in by using social media, audience analytics and other tools.
  • Be willing to experiment, try new story topics and formats, and learn from the outcomes of those experiments, always with an eye toward reaching readers and driving subscriptions.
  • Work with colleagues in Photo, Graphics/Interactives and the Digital Audience Team to coordinate visuals and digital assets for stories. 


We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom, and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives.

  • Experience: At least three years working for a newsgathering organization, with a strong preference for editing and management experience.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or relevant equivalent experience.
  • Requires excellent grammar and language skills, and familiarity with digital news production and analytics.
  • Must have the ability to edit stories using Methode, WordPress or other content management systems used by the newsroom.
  • Requires social media skills, including the ability to use X, Facebook, Reddit, LinkedIn and other social networks to find potential news stories.
  • Must understand and uphold the standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times, regardless of platform.
  • Knowledge of local news and local newsmakers is a plus. 

Compensation: The full salary range for this position is $77,700 to $106,800. We typically pay between $77,700 to $97,100 depending on experience and qualifications. 


  • Medical, dental insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Optional life and AD&D insurance and long-term care insurance
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • 10 days of annual vacation accrual, increasing with tenure up to 20 days
  • 10 days of annual sick accrual; unused sick pay accrues to an extended illness bank
  • 9 paid holidays
  • Subsidized transit cards
  • Complimentary Seattle Times subscription
  • Wellness program
  • Parental leave options 

Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.

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