Public Safety Editor

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is looking
for an editor to lead our public safety team, guiding reporters to deliver an
ambitious and fast-paced mix of breaking news, big-picture stories and
investigative work.


You will oversee coverage
primarily focused on crime, police and criminal justice, though you will help
with other topics as well. We’re looking for speed and urgency — someone who
can expertly guide breaking stories throughout the day. But we also want high-impact
ideas. We need a  leader who can help 
reporters develop enterprise stories and investigations,
and also build plans to cover big stories as they unfold.


We require a wide range of
skills for this position. Strong writing and editing skills are a start. We
want an editor who can field breaking news — working on super-tight deadlines
in a competitive digital news environment — but also spot opportunities for
deeper work. The ability to guide and collaborate with reporters, relying on
strong interpersonal skills, is critical. A willingness to study digital
metrics, and understand how they can elevate news coverage, is a must. The
ability to work closely with other editors in a team environment is as well.


The St. Louis area is a
diverse community of 2.8 million people. There is no shortage of crime, police
and other public safety news. There are also critical stories about our
criminal justice system that demand to be told. Our audience expects urgent and
revelatory coverage of crime, police and criminal justice. Come help us deliver
stories that will inform, enlighten and captivate that audience. This is a
chance to build your leadership skills, sharpen your editing and work with a
hard-charging team of journalists.

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