Managing Editor

  • Full Time
  • Bristol, VA
  • Posted 03/17/2021

Opportunity Description

Bristol Herald Courier is seeking the role for a Managing Editor


The managing editor is responsible for supervising and directing the news department of the local community newspaper. This includes the gathering of news and editorial content, production of the newspaper, and responsibility for all administrative functions involving the news department and its employees.

•Supervise and direct coverage of local news (including sports and features) and production of the daily paper. The managing editor has final responsibility for the news content of the paper decisions on questions about how a story should be handled or played. The managing editor is deeply involved in long-range planning of future coverage and is responsible for setting and communicating the coverage imperatives to the news staff. Questions about design or space needs are also handled by the managing editor. The managing editor also serves as the primary contact with readers who have questions, comments or concerns about the paper’s coverage.
•Teach, train and mentor news staff, including working with reporters and editors to direct coverage, improve upcoming stories and presentation, as well as critique past issues. The managing editor serves as a role model for young reporters and editors, who learn by example how we practice our craft.
•Prepare and execute administrative functions, including hiring and discipline, payroll, employee reviews and compensation, reports to local, division and corporate offices.
•Represent the news department in local, cluster, division and corporate communications and meetings. This also includes time spent representing the news department and the newspaper to the community at large, including inquiries from readers and events in the community.
•Assist and act as an immediate resource for staffers with problems. The scope of these requests is nearly limitless, from questions about news stories or coverage, problems with computer hardware and software to employee benefits questions. It also involves questions from other departments on a range of topics.


DIRECT REPORTS: City Editor, Editorial Page Editor, Sports/Copy Desk Manager

NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism or a comparable field in the liberal arts. Requires the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, including some with daily deadlines and others with long-term schedules. The managing editor must be able to set overall policies and procedures that allow subordinates to make decisions in the ME’s absence while also allowing flexibility in unanticipated circumstances.

•The ME must also be able to set strategic, long-term goals for the department. It requires the ability to manage a large budget and forecast expenses and capital needs three years or more into the future. The ME must be capable of supervising a large number of employees who often work off-site, as well as direct staffers who work within the newsroom.

•The ME is directly or indirectly responsible for hiring, evaluation, promotion and discipline of all news department employees. The position requires the ability to work with department heads and other supervisors to accomplish projects and fulfill assigned tasks. The position often requires night and weekend work as well as filling in for other positions within the news department. This position requires a broad knowledge base beyond the obvious requirements of the job. The staff looks to the ME as the “first responder” to questions or problems ranging from computer glitches to ethics and libel issues in news stories.

•The ME should be available even when not in the office for subordinates who need a second opinion or who have questions or problems that require a decision from the editor not unusual to receive phone calls or pages late in the evening or on weekends from the duty editors.

•The ME represents the news department within the company as well as in the community and across the state. This entails serving on professional committees as well as other volunteer organizations, based on both the ME’s professional expertise and/or personal interests.

•The ME is a role model for the rest of the news staff. This is particularly important in setting a high standard for the paper’s content as well as how the news staff members should conduct themselves as journalism professionals.

Bachelor’s degree preferred but relevant experience also considered. At least 5 years experience as an editor at a daily newspaper, preferably in a senior management role or a position that required administrative experience and responsibility (employee management, payroll, budget, etc.)

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level or work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

Lee Enterprises is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Bristol Herald Courier


Paige Mudd
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