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Managing Editor, News

Status: Open

  • Employment

Organisation: The Athletic

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Remote (United States or Canada)

The Athletic is seeking to hire a managing editor who will provide comprehensive editorial oversight of their News Desk, with responsibility for leading a team of journalists and partnering with numerous others to deliver strong, timely and impactful stories on major news in all sports.

This is a remote role for candidates located in the United States or Canada only.

  • The managing editor will manage a staff of editors and reporters with an emphasis on the delivery of daily news stories.
  • Collaborate on the big-picture, conceptual vision for the vertical in concert with the wider newsroom, including the generation and execution of story ideas with the broadest possible appeal.
  • Provide long term direction of the News team and strategic development for its staff.
  • Develop workflow and prioritization to balance a wide range of assignments, including fast-paced breaking news, creative spot features, timely explainers and longer range projects.
  • Work to bring a distinctive voice and strong editing guidance to our coverage.
  • Maintain an understanding and proficiency of key newsroom metrics and audience strategies.
  • Coordinate staffing, including schedules, with respect to editorial resources and key priorities.
  • Collaborate with staff all over the newsroom for stories and to serve as a leader and liaison with individual sport verticals and other departments.
  • Edit and publish stories via WordPress.
  • Manage the vertical’s financial budget, including month-to-month expenditures.
  • 8+ years of experience in digital sports journalism, with experience at a management level.
  • Keen news judgment, with experience framing stories that result in solid engagement.
  • The ability to work with reporters and fellow editors to strengthen ideas both individually and as part of a broader report.
  • Advanced understanding of copy editing, story structure, style guidelines and clear, succinct writing.
  • Clear understanding of fairness, accuracy and sensitive subjects and sourcing needs.
  • Expert ability to mentor writers and editors of all levels.
  • High-end knowledge of sports news.
  • The ability to work nights and weekends as needed, serving on call for major stories and sporting events.
How to apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To learn more about this position and apply, please click here.

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