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Managing Editor

McClatchy   Wichita, KS   Full-time     Publishing
Posted on November 10, 2021
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The Wichita Eagle is seeking a managing editor that will ensure that all of our journalism and all of our journalists are laser-focused on serving our readers and our community.

This is a senior editorial leadership position, and it will require a unique combination of talents. The ideal managing editor will be digitally focused and have the story-identifying and story-writing skills of a great writer or editor, the reader-engagement skills of a strong social media editor, the statistical knowledge of an analytics expert, and the coaching and problem-solving skills of a great leader. The managing editor will have the authority to use those talents to shape our journalism from story conception to approach to distribution and promotion in order to maximize its reach and impact.

The editor will guide reporters and others throughout the editorial process, using a deep understanding of our audience and our community to help mold our coverage.  

The editor will need to do much of this work in a direct and hands-on way.  At the same time, the editor will be teaching reporters and others to think and work in a reader- and community-centered way. 

Core competencies:

  • An unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism. 

  • The ability to lead, direct, collaborate with and coach colleagues throughout the newsroom.

  • Strong editing and/or writing skills and superior news judgment.

  • Digital-centric thinking

  • An understanding of open records law and ability to file, manage and oversee requests pertinent to beat work.

  • An ability to understand audience lenses.

  • Interest in telling a range of stories using a variety of media, and an enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy (toward readers and staff) and a superior ear for tone. 

  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced, constantly evolving, and more outcome-oriented than task-oriented. 

Requirements:

  • A track record of journalistic excellence, particularly in digital journalism.

  • Skill and versatility as an editor and a writer, including the ability to shape everything from breaking news briefs to long-form investigative pieces. 

  • Excellent news judgment, and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers.

  • Superior journalism ethics.

  • The proven ability to lead, inspire, and convey knowledge to others, and to work effectively with a wide range of colleagues in managing change.

  • An interest in and aptitude for storytelling using a broad range of media, including the written word, video, photography, podcasts and other audio, and whatever comes next.

  • The ability to solve problems, innovate and adapt in service of the primary goal, which is to produce journalism that reaches and informs an audience of significant size.

  • Comfort with a job description that is more outcome-oriented than task-oriented. The managing editor will do what needs to be done to shape stories and other content readers want.