Full Time - Mid-Level (Senior Producer, Reporter, Editor)
Audience/Community Engagement, Diversity, Print
4 Year Degree
The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the nation’s premier regional news sources, is seeking a proven morning Assistant Metro Editor to join our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom. The morning team’s aim is for people to rely on The Seattle Times as an integral part of their morning, to make a habit of visiting our website and interacting with us because we consistently offer useful information to navigate their world. Sometimes that means informing them of breaking news or weather; sometimes it means adding context to an existing public conversation, or finding an angle that moves that conversation forward; sometimes it means giving them something to smile about or reflect on. In any case, we aim to help people start their day and better understand what’s happening in their communities. As the morning Assistant Metro Editor, your job is to help shepherd that early product.
This role requires you to remain versatile, curious, and digitally focused as an audience-obsessed editor who thrives on breaking news and has a deep understanding of The Seattle Times’ readers, their interests and needs, and the broader internet zeitgeist.
The shift starts at 6 a.m., the same time the reporter and hub producer start their shifts. As the first on scene, you should be aware of any breaking or developing news, as well as locally relevant topics that may be on audiences’ minds that morning. The morning editor will also work closely with the wire editor to help “wake up” the site and help ensure we are not missing important stories and that we have the right lineup of content on the homepage and in the Morning Brief newsletter.
Have a knack for identifying stories locals will want to read as they start their day.
Make quick decisions to prioritize news needs, deciding when and where to dispatch a reporter and sometimes editing multiple stories in the span of an hour.
Be unfailingly accurate and ethical, and be able to do a thorough edit on a tight deadline.
Be able to fix headlines, weigh in on alerts and even pick up the phone and report from time to time.
Be willing to experiment, try new story topics and formats, and evaluate and learn from the outcomes of those experiments, always with an eye toward reaching audiences and driving subscriptions. Be willing to pivot based on results and stop doing what consistently doesn’t accomplish the team’s and newsroom’s goals.
Demonstrate a mastery of our digital and print production tools, as well as tools for monitoring audience interests and behavior, including social media platforms, CrowdTangle, Hearken, Google Trends, Chartbeat (including headline testing) and our internal analytics hub.
Have superior verbal and written communication skills and be an upbeat, positive team leader for the morning crew.
Work with colleagues in Photo, Graphics/Interactives and the Digital Audience Team to coordinate visuals and digital assets for stories.
Outside of the morning rush, work with reporter(s) on enterprise stories that compel new and existing readers to visit seattletimes.com. These should be stories that educate, enlighten, inspire, delight, offer perspective; stories people see themselves in; stories people want to share and discuss.
Help other editors if they need backup on stories.
Fill occasional weekend, evening or holiday editing shifts if needed.
Experience: at least three years’ experience working for a newsgathering organization.
Strong familiarity with digital news production, editing, social media and analytics.
Prior management experience is a plus.
About The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times, the nationally-renowned and award-winning digital and print media company, is the leading source of news, sports, business, technology, entertainment and other content for the trendsetting Pacific Northwest and beyond. As a news media company with a laser focus on journalistic standards and excellence, we provide clarity above the content clutter and engage readers across digital and print platforms to provide news that matters where, when and how they want it.