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City News Editor

Cedar Rapids, IA

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The Gazette, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is seeking a city news editor to help lead our news reporting team.

As The Gazette's city news editor, your primary mission is to make our community better engaged, informed and connected every day. You’ll be coaching reporters to produce strong context-filled reports and working to edit stories and provide the best presentation possible in print and for digital audiences.

You’ll be looked at to guide a culture of valuing innovation, solution-based journalism, accountability and great storytelling. You’ll be a great multi-tasker who is able to jump between tasks, coach the use of public records and look for ways to best tell a story.

You have proven news judgment yourself, but know that innovative ideas come from all corners including our audience. You hold yourself to high journalism standards but have the capacity to work with journalists of all experience levels to coach them all to continue growing. You must be organized,  creative, provide meaningful feedback and think big on a regular basis. You should be comfortable using a variety of story formats and know that work can appear in the daily newspaper, a variety of magazines and in a variety of digital formats.

You thirst for the chance to take on special efforts -- like helping plan for Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, or overseeing an ongoing watchdog journalism project, or guiding journalists in acquiring databases to take reporting to a higher level.  You should be comfortable in experimenting with various storytelling techniques, as well as working with design, photo and digital editors to plan art and maximize impact and delivery of stories.

With your combination of journalistic chops and office humor, you've left a clear impression with those you've worked with before that they'd be glad to cross paths with you again someday. If these qualities describe you, we'd like to talk to you about joining our team at Iowa's second largest newspaper.

Our organization:
Our news team reaches audiences across a variety of print and digital platforms and through a variety of in-person events. Our company has a strong tradition of being independent and is owned by a trust for the benefit of its employees. The Gazette is delivered to 16 Eastern Iowa counties each morning. The majority of our news team is focused on enterprise reporting, and we have a strong spirit of collaboration with other news outlets. While we’re focused in Cedar Rapids -- Iowa’s second-largest city – we have bureaus in Des Moines and Iowa City. The region is rich with things to do outside of work hours.

Qualifications & Requirements:
Our ideal candidate will have the skill to mentor multimedia journalists and collaborate with other newsroom leaders.  A Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of newsroom leadership are required.

As part of the initial application, please write an essay that explains your philosophy of news explaining how you determine newsworthiness and what areas you’d concentrate reporting resources. This essay should be one page or less.

A pre-employment drug screen is required. EOE. 

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The Gazette, Attn: City Editor Job, P.O. Box 1862, Cedar Rapids IA 52406

Posted 06/01/18

Job ID: 64483