The weekly Rappahannock News in Washington, Va., is seeking its next great editor. Located just 65 miles from Washington, DC, Rappahannock County is a rural oasis, filled with interesting people and amazing stories. We’re looking for a guru with experience to write everything from local government meetings stories to features — and shape the publication’s editorial report. The editor is a primary face of the newspaper in an engaged, vibrant community.
We’re a small, collegial team, and there are a multitude of opportunities for an ambitious journalist to have a big impact. The editor comes to a newsroom that has won the Virginia Press Association’s Best in Show award for four years running, among dozens of other awards for writing, photography, graphics and multimedia presentation.
A bit more about our opportunity…
The place: Rappahannock County is a unique place, where different worlds meet daily. That’s what makes the place so special. About half of the county has “been here” for generations; much of the other half could choose to live many places but decided to “come here”. The editor must be comfortable in both of these worlds and able to accurately reflect their interests/concerns/passions in the paper.
The paper: The Rappahannock News is a news operation that remains a pillar of the community. Inherently, its editor is an important community figure. A committed, engaged editor will be welcomed and supported by the paper’s readers. People still care — a lot — about the newspaper.
The job: The editor will drive a digital-first operation with a website (rappnews.com) often drawing 50,000+ unique visitors per month (in a place with a population of about 7,300). We break news online, publish a daily email newsletter, send text alerts and livestream local government meetings. Writing and reporting is a big part of the editor’s job, but he/she will have help from a full-time staff reporter, part-time photographer/videographer/digital producer and a freelance government/courts reporter, plus various community contributors.
And there’s the paper’s unique, nationally recognized partnership with Foothills Forum, a local nonpartisan journalism nonprofit. Foothills and newspaper collaborate to produce in-depth reporting, as well as daily coverage of key county issues. Foothills contributing journalists bring decades of experience to the table and help broaden the paper’s news coverage.
The ownership: We are the antithesis of a chain-owned, corporate newspaper. A small group of committed, local investors believe in community journalism and have supported Rappahannock Media’s expansion. The company publishes other weekly newspapers, community magazines and InsideNoVa.com, Northern Virginia’s largest news website.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and clips to Publisher Dennis Brack at firstname.lastname@example.org