Metro Editor

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The State (Columbia)

Date Posted July 09, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Other
Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Job Status Full-time

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The State seeks a Metro Editor to oversees city, county and business coverage in the greater Columbia area and directly supervises a group of reporters. 

Our journalism focuses on our local communities, and in that role we have the ability to spotlight problems, highlight solutions and truly make a difference — all the reasons you got into journalism. And we are part of McClatchy, a digitally driven company focused on innovation, with newsrooms in 30 communities in the United States.

The ideal editor will have the story-identifying and story-writing skills of a great writer or editor; the reader-engagement skills of a strong social media editor, and the coaching skills of a great leader. You will be asked to use those talents to shape our journalism from story conception to approach to distribution to maximize reach and impact and drive loyal readership.

Smart use of analytics will be vital as our focus is on serving and growing our digital audience.

This is a hands-on position with heavy editing and coaching duties.

What you’ll bring: 

  • The ability to lead, direct, collaborate with and coach colleagues throughout the newsroom.
  • Strong editing and/or writing skills and excellent news judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy toward staff and readers.
  • Ability to develop and implement growth strategies, for the newsroom and individuals.
  • Comfort with analytics and how to apply them smartly.
  • Strong writing skills, excellent news judgment and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers.
  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism..
  • Enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies, such as AI.
  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced and constantly evolving.


The successful candidate should meet many, though not necessarily all, of the following requirements:

  • College degree or equivalent work experience
  • 5 years experience, willing to consider first management role

What we’ll bring: 

As a journalist at McClatchy, you will join a supportive, flexible, collaborative team. McClatchy strives to be an employer of choice, and our benefits package is made with this goal in mind. With a focus on health, well-being, wealth and daily life, our package options include healthcare coverage for employees and their families, financial protection from expected and unexpected expenses, multiple no-cost wellness resources and even coverage for four-legged friends. 

Our overall benefits package also includes a 401(k) with employer match, competitive paid time off and corporate holidays, and a variety of mental health benefits. With an excellent support team and with focus on your well-being as a top corporate strategy, McClatchy provides benefits to support you and your family in achieving your health and wellness goals. For more information on McClatchy’s benefit plan, please visit

To apply, include a persuasive cover letteryour resume and three to five examples of work examples of your best work you have written or overseen when you apply.

About McClatchy:

Our impact is growing every day. 30 growing markets. Over 65 million monthly readers. 57 Pulitzer Prizes. A strong portfolio of dynamic partnerships and smart investments. Our award-winning journalism, digital reach, and commitment to innovative growth have never been stronger. 

As a member of the McClatchy family, you are part of a flexible, empowering, and exciting culture dedicated to creating a work/life balance and consistent opportunities for growth—a place where you have a voice and the ability to impact our future. It’s an exciting time to be here. Our company is experiencing the most transformative period in its history. We’re growing rapidly in the digital space and delivering award-winning journalism in innovative ways.

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