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The Notebook is hiring a managing editor

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The Notebook has an opening for a managing editor for 30-35 hours per week with benefits.

THE ROLE OF THE MANAGING EDITOR

Lead and manage the daily editorial production of the Notebook, both in print and online. Assign and edit stories. Supervise, motivate, and mentor editorial staff. Ensure timely completion of editorial work. Cultivate education sources. Create a culture of excellence and urgency. Develop enterprise reporting. Advocate for open government and transparency.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with the publisher, staff, and editorial board in planning and overseeing development of the editorial content, including special projects. Assign and edit stories by staff and freelance writers.
  • Coordinate coverage of breaking news, events, and School Reform Commission meetings. Monitor District developments and community activism.
  • Responsible for all editorial aspects of newspaper print production — maintaining an up-to-date editorial schedule, page layout, copy editing, proofreading pages, writing headlines, photo captions, corrections, web teasers and table of contents.
  • Work with designer on layout.
  • Coordinate production with printer and approve printer proofs.
  • Propose ideas for issue themes, projects and stories.
  • Responsible for all aspects of digital edition production.
  • Production of daily and weekly email newsletter.
  • Supervise and evaluate editorial interns, photographer, and designer.
  • Represent the Notebook at community and professional events.
  • Other editorial duties as assigned.
     

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong journalism skills; a minimum of five years’ experience as an editor leading a staff. Daily experience preferred.
  • Knowledge or demonstrated interest in public education issues.
  • Compatibility with the Notebook’s mission of commitment to quality and equality in public schools, to public engagement in education issues, and to journalistic excellence.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Significant experience in news production – in print and online, including knowledge of InDesign, QuarkXpress, PhotoShop and web content management systems.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a small but dedicated staff team and make decisions collaboratively.
  • Must be a self-starter and have a reputation for accuracy and fairness.
  • Must be willing and able to build relationships with readers, sources, parents, advocates, educators, policymakers and other community members.

Interested? Submit your resume and cover letter to Publisher Maria Archangelo at maria@thenotebook.org.

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