We are hiring someone to lead news coverage and ensure the long-term vision and mission in our modern, dynamic and entrepreneurial newsroom.
Local Denverite Newsroom, which is co-tenant with CPR News, is hiring an editor to accelerate its daily news metabolism, sharpen its approach to long-term goals and projects, develop a global and loyal audience, and research, capture and handling the unusual opportunities that arise for a newsroom that has a startup mentality, a genuinely charming staff, and access to the resources of Colorado’s fastest-growing news organization.
In assigning and editing daily coverage on the website and newsletter, the Editor is the on-the-ground steward of Denverite’s long-term growth and mission working closely with the Editor-in-Chief of Digital, and also consults on Denver-area coverage for Colorado Public Radio.
Candidates must be able to sort, assign and edit in breaking news situations, and know how to choose moments for something vocal, funny, sharp, observational – essentially, those cases unusual (but not *so* unusual) in which something is worth more than a reported blogging approach.
Candidates should have an interest in how cities work, from city planning to legislation to neighborhood activism, and how cities work, including the arts, dining, outdoors and more. The editor will be involved in the long-term balance and interplay of all of these things – as well as how we work with and develop our members to do the best job possible for the Denver metro area. Strategic thinking and an adventurous, entrepreneurial approach will be key to long-term success in this role.
How do you recruit?
All the official application materials are here – but in advance, for all applicants, we are looking for the usual documents, plus answers to two questions. Our human resources team is really thorough in communicating the next steps. You can read a full job posting here or simply access the application directly here. The hiring range is $71,900 to $95,800.
Why are you recruiting?
Our current editor is leaving the state and we wish her well.
When are you recruiting?
Ideally, someone will start in early fall (apply now).
Who do you hire?
Our ideal candidate will have the following qualities:
- Understanding and interest in tactical approaches to developing and serving audiences of different backgrounds and interests in a city
- Interest in how cities work, from city planning to legislation to neighborhood activism, and how cities play, including arts, dining, the outdoors and more.
- Ability to discuss the pros and cons of specific journalistic approaches to topics or stories with reporters, fellow editors and other staff.
- Ability to remain calm under pressure and energized by the work of shaping a young topical brand.
- Ability to identify and champion stories that showcase and leverage what makes a city unique
- 5 to 7 years of largely job-related experience. An associate degree can replace up to 2 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree can replace up to 4 years of experience. This experience should include supporting a nimble staff, helping journalists shape their beats and assigning specific stories, and at least one year of experience creating and editing newsletters
- Sound judgment of news informed by fair and empathetic journalistic values
- Excellent attention to detail
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work collaboratively, meet deadlines, manage multiple priorities and work in a fast-paced digital environment.
- Experience editing stories quickly and accurately on deadlines or for long-term projects and ability to write the occasional breaking story
- Experience researching, understanding and analyzing audience data to create suggested courses of action
- Content management experience, particularly with WordPress is advantageous
- Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
- Although it is not mandatory, it is preferable that candidates can speak Spanish
- Although not required, it is preferred that applicants have the ability to examine government programs and budgets and communicate how items could be stories that clearly relate to people’s daily lives.
- Although not required, it is preferred that applicants be familiar with the Denver metro area
- Although not mandatory, it is preferable that candidates have experience in public speaking
- An associate degree can replace up to 2 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree can replace up to 4 years of experience.
At Denverite and Colorado Public Radio, we are committed to cultivating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that helps us represent the voices of Colorado communities. We strongly encourage applicants with unique contributions such as ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, nation of origin, age, language, veteran status, color , religion, disability and sexual orientation to apply for our vacancies. CPR is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to its team. If you require a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or interview process, please let us know.