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As a mission-driven media company, Courier Newsroom seeks to create a more informed, engaged, and representative America where traditional media outlets have failed. We believe that by providing the communities we serve—people who live in information silos—with credible, fact-based local journalism, we can build a healthier democracy from the ground up. Our newsrooms deliver community-based storytelling to the online spaces where people get their information to highlight the forces that shape our lives while calling attention to the impacts of policy-making and political action on the local level.
The Managing Editor of Dogwood is responsible for overseeing the Virginia newsroom and ensuring that all content is mission-aligned and consistent with advancing the company’s goals and objectives. The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of Virginia politics and journalism, as well as an acute sense of impactful ways to deliver news and information on our priority platforms. They will have experience in local news reporting as well as developing and activating audiences, particularly women, through visual content (including short- and long-form video, graphics, Reels, live conversations on social, and more). Not only do they understand the importance of nuance and detail in persuasive storytelling—particularly in spaces where news-averse, disengaged Virginia women typically spend time—they also have experience deploying it effectively. They are always willing to try new things to help the average Virginia woman better understand how policy affects them, and will prioritize human storytelling over inaccessible horse-race political journalism.
The Managing Editor of Dogwood will have excellent written communication skills, and be familiar with using performance data from social platforms and newsletters to pull insights and implement content strategies based on those insights. They will work with other members of the Content department to ensure that coverage from their team is consistent with the publication’s brand identity and Courier’s mission and adds value. They will also collaborate with members of the Growth & Distribution team on various efforts to grow their target audience of women and market their brand in such a way that helps generate revenue.
This position is based in Virginia and reports to the Regional Editorial Director. Candidates who do not live in Virginia should outline in their cover letter a clear reason for wanting to move to Virginia and a clear timeline for doing so.
The ideal candidate will:
Reside in Virginia
Have a B.S. or B.A. degree or equivalent in journalism, communications, marketing, or a related field
Have 6+ years of experience in digital publishing, news reporting, editing or in digital political marketing or communications, including defining and growing a brand and voice through content.
Have excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong sense of voice and tone.
Have experience with building an engaged cross-platform audience through content (organic and/or paid)
Have experience with hiring, building, and managing a distributed team
Be familiar with performance analytics and social management tools such as CrowdTangle, Parse.ly Sprout, and Google Analytics, and with the process of deriving insights therefrom
Have strong management, interpersonal skills, and ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary stakeholders across the company
Be able to manage time and multi-task under tight deadlines
Have a passion for publishing quality news and content in an authentic voice across online and mobile channels
Be interested in or have prior experience in a fast-growth startup environment
Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to applicants who do not meet these qualifications.
Courier Newsroom offers a competitive benefits package including a full suite of health benefits, flexible time off, flexible working arrangements within a diverse and remote environment.
Courier Newsroom is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly urged to apply. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions.
At Courier Newsroom, we empower individuals and communities through local reporting that helps people understand and affect the issues impacting their lives. We believe that by investing in the work of local journalists across the country we can positively impact civic participation and build a healthier democracy from the ground up. Through original reporting and community-focused storytelling, delivered to audiences where they get their information online, we highlight the issues and forces that shape our lives while calling attention to the impacts of policy-making and political action at the local level.