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The Seattle Times is seeking an Assistant Sports Editor to lead the sports copy desk and direct multi-platform coverage of high-school sports. This fast-paced role calls for a calm, detail-oriented editor who is a quick thinker, communicates well and can regularly multitask while facing tight deadline pressure. Working with editors, designers and reporters, this manager will direct the team that produces the daily sports section and handles digital sports duties – such as curating the website, sending news alerts and posting stories on social media. This editor also will hire and direct freelance journalists to coordinate high-schools coverage. The Assistant Sports Editor reports to the Sports Editor.
Schedule: This editor works nights and weekends, likely Tuesday through Saturday or Wednesday through Sunday. The schedule also may occasionally change, as dictated by events and news. The position is a hybrid of in-person and remote work.
Work closely with Sports Desk Editors, Sports Designers and others to direct production of the daily sports section and handle digital duties – such as curating the website, sending news alerts and posting stories on social media.
Thrive in high-pressure situations when deadlines are tight.
Edit sports stories as they are filed at night, quickly posting them online and sending them to the sports copy desk for print.
Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in coverage, including sourcing and framing.
Use digital tools to monitor audience interest in stories and boost readership online.
Work with colleagues in Photo, Graphics/Interactives and the Digital Audience Team to coordinate visuals and digital assets for stories.
Qualifications: We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom, and we encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your cover letter.
Experience: 5+ years of experience at a metropolitan daily media organization, including 2+ years of supervisory experience, preferred.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or a combination of education and experience.
Must have thorough knowledge of, and deep interest in, sports.
Must have or quickly develop broad and thorough knowledge of Seattle-area and national sports at all levels.
Passionate editor who sets a high standard for yourself and those around you.
Proven skills with digital analytics.
Ability to analyze stories and make quick, informed judgments about content, libel, accuracy and newsworthiness under pressure and on deadline.
Must be a proactive communicator who is organized and adept at planning.
Compensation: The full salary range for this position is $70,400 to $96,800. We typically pay between $70,400 and $88,000, depending on experience and qualifications.
Medical, dental insurance and long-term disability insurance
Employee assistance program
Optional life and AD&D insurance and long-term care insurance
401(k) plan with employer match
10 days of annual vacation accrual, increasing with tenure up to 20 days
10 days of annual sick accrual; unused sick pay accrues to an extended illness bank 9 paid holidays
Internet stipend for predominately remote employees
Subsidized transit cards
Complimentary Seattle Times subscription
Parental leave options
Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you'll find work that matters.
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