Full Time - C-Suite Level (CTO, CEO, COO, President, Executive Director, Publisher)
The Salt Lake Tribune, Inc., the nation’s first legacy newspaper to receive tax-exempt, non-profit status, is seeking an editor-in-chief to direct reporting and writing of news and commentary for readers in an adventurous endeavor that will be underwritten by a sustainable business model.
Think of it as a 150-year-old start up – with attendant restructuring challenges, risks and rewards. The new Tribune ought to display both daring innovation and traditional comfort elements that accompany the legacy of the state’s most trusted news source.
The editor-in-chief will report to The Tribune’s community-based Board of Directors. The EIC will have day-to-day authority over the content of news on all platforms. Additionally, this individual will be expected to engage with Utah residents and communities.
The successful applicant must have common sense journalistic values, an innovative and successful track record with digital/print news operations, keen managerial and editing instincts, an appreciation of in-depth and watchdog journalism and the self-confidence to oversee a pattern of growth and excellence in general sync with the Board of Directors.
The board seeks an editor-in-chief who provides leadership, directs a daily news content that grows the product, who commits to diversity and who embraces the informational requirements of a healthy democracy.
The editor chosen must possess an understanding of Utah’s unique culture, history, environment, trends, narratives, and its current and future problems.
Given the importance of this position in moving The Salt Lake Tribune forward in a sustainable manner, the board seeks to have an editor-in-chief in place by mid-November. Thus, time is of the essence.
If interested, send a resume, cover letter stating why you seek this job, additional material you deem relevant, and three professional references by September 24, 2020 to: Pam Bailey, 500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108 or Pbailey@huntsmancos.com
About The Salt Lake Tribune
Our Mission: The Salt Lake Tribune is Utah’s independent voice. Building on a legacy of courageous, watchdog journalism, we strive to tell stories that are interesting, important and inclusive. Dedicated to fairness and accuracy, we aim to engage and empower you — our readers.
Our Nonprofit Model: In a historic move, the IRS approved a new nonprofit Salt Lake Tribune in October 2019, making it the first legacy newspaper in the U.S. to transform from a for-profit company to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Under this new business model, The Tribune will continue to offer subscriptions and accept traditional advertising (although it will pay taxes on that income). But now, the newspaper can also receive donations — large and small — from donors who may receive a tax deduction for their donation. Since our approval, we’ve heard from hundreds of supporters from Utah and across the country, so thank you for the donations and encouragement!
On the editorial side, The Tribune will continue offering unmatched reporting on state and local government, politics, the environment, education, religion, criminal justice, sports and the variety of rich stories about the people and places that m...ake Utah special. The only substantive change readers will notice is that The Tribune’s editorial board — which operates independently of the news staff — will no longer make candidate endorsements. Nonprofits can’t do that under federal law.