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 Executive Editor @ The Courier Journal - Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Job information
Posted by: Gannett 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Publishing
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: JYRoztNkysBTOHa4HJA28a1x3YJNfB / Latpro-3767797 
Date posted: Jan-05-2021
State, Zip: Kentucky, 40212


Req #13109

Monday, January 4, 2021
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of nearly 140 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Gannett brands include the USA TODAY and more than260 daily local newspaper brands, digital marketing services companiesReachLocal, WordStream, andThriveHiveand U.K. media company Newsquest.There's never been a better time to join our talented team. learn more about our opportunities, and visit Gannett Privacy Policyto understand our privacy policy.

News - Executive Editor

We are seeking a strong, strategic, experienced and innovative executive editor to lead our award-winning Courier Journal news organization in Louisville. The editor must have strong examples of leading and producing powerful journalism that changes lives and consistently turns occasional readers into loyal subscribers.

This editor will work with a strong group of top-notch editors and reporters whose mission is to execute the best work in the state, as well as some of the best in nation. And this editor must see and show daily why diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of what we do and how we operate.

The Courier Journal team already has a strong track record of producing significant investigative work, winning 10 Pulitzers by providing Louisville and Kentucky residents with journalism that is unparalleled whether it be breaking, enterprise, narrative or investigative work. As such, a strong communicator and collaborator is a must in this role, as well as someone who understands how to inspire and lead even more sophisticated work through community engagement, social media and other platforms.

This editor will report to the Regional Editor for the Midwest and work with other editors in the region and throughout the USA TODAY Network on projects, initiatives and community engagement opportunities.

In short, the successful candidate must have impeccable journalism credentials, outstanding leadership skills, and a keen grasp of the ever-changing digital space, including a strong knowledge of video storytelling. This position is devoted to leading outstanding public service journalism, guiding the continuing transformation in delivery of news and information and audience engagement, developing new approaches to grow our reach among targeted segments across all platforms and achieving newsroom performance metrics. The right editor is people focused, has high standards, remains focused on the most important priorities and opportunities, and easily shifts between strategy and execution.

The news organization sits in a metro area filled with internationally recognized chefs and restaurants; a vibrant music scene, including the Forecastle music festival; world-class bourbon distilleries; and Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

Leadership Leading with Foresight

  • Uphold the highest standards of journalistic integrity and credibility

  • Provide exemplary leadership in developing and executing the strategic vision.

  • Provide leadership and be knowledgeable in state and local news, investigative journalism, public service, and government issues.

  • Champion change management efforts that include strong communication of the companys strategic initiatives, purpose, vision, culture and plan.

  • Utilize organizational development strategies in designing structure that inspires high performance.

  • Lead the planning and oversee execution of content strategies with a keen eye focused on strategic audiences. Special emphasis is placed on digital and other new platforms. Creativity and an ability to develop and execute innovative approaches are essential.

  • Facilitate strong community connections with a relevant editorial voice and personal interaction.

People Management & Development

  • Attract, retain and develop top talent.

  • Understand and execute work/life balance strategies for employees.

  • Be a champion of diversity with the understanding that diversity includes everyone and drives customer and operational innovation.

  • Manage for results in a metrics-driven environment.

Product & Content

  • Uphold the highest journalism standards across digital and print platforms, strongly support the First Amendment and conceive, pursue and execute watchdog reporting.

  • Develop and implement a multi-platform digital vision and strategy focused on achieving target audience specific goals and objectives.

  • Collaborate with other departments in the development and implementation of multi-platform products to grow audience and engagement.

  • Utilize multiple and diverse sources (individuals, disciplines, bodies of knowledge) for ideas and inspiration.

  • Ensure the newsrooms operational and newshole budgets are managed according to operational needs and priorities.

Measurements of Success

  • Impactful journalism that helps improve our community and makes a difference in our readers lives.

  • Fulfillment of purpose in serving our state and communities with a diverse workforce.

  • Participation in creation of successful products that meet the needs of consumers.

  • Measurable contributions to the achievement of audience goals on all platforms.


  • Bachelors degree or higher.

  • Minimum of five years in significant leadership roles in a newsroom with demonstrated success.

  • Clear understanding of the First Amendment and the highest regard for upholding those standards.

  • Experience in high-level decision-making with complex, impactful or sensitive news content.

  • Experience working in industries undergoing substantial change and transformation.

  • A history of successful leadership, innovation and goal achievement.

  • Demonstrated change leader who collaborates and communicates effectively.

  • Personal charisma, comfortable with public speaking and a commitment to staff interaction.

  • Understanding of the changing media landscape and ability to adapt strategies that address continually changing market and consumer needs and desires.

  • Demonstrated strong competitive instincts and intellectual curiosity.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and coordinate in an environment of accountability.

  • Demonstrated track record in recruiting a highly successful leadership team highly desirable.

  • Experience driving a successful turnaround or transformation highly desirable.

Application Instructions:

Interested and qualified candidates, please apply here and upload your materials combined into one single document with as much of the following as possible: your updated resume, a brief cover letter explaining your interest and fit for the position, and your portfolio/clips/links to a few samples of your work. **It's important that these items be combined into a single document attachment/upload (preferably in PDF format). The application will only allow one document upload. Completing these steps will ensure that you receive the highest consideration.

Gannett Co., a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.
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  • Job Family Editors
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Salary

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