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 Managing Editor - Ventura, California, 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: Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 7ZZVimBNBYZDCyWpzQ8duJ62Qqaf0b / Latpro-3768740 
Date posted: Jan-12-2021
State, Zip: California, 93001


Req #13250

Monday, January 11, 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 than 260 daily local newspaper brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal , WordStream, and ThriveHive and U.K. media company Newsquest. There's never been a better time to join our talented team. Visit to learn more about our opportunities, and visit Gannett Privacy Policyto understand our privacy policy.

Managing Editor

The Ventura County Star/, the leading news organization for a diverse region of 850,000 residents and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for a dynamic leader to head its investigative efforts, assist in newsroom management, and drive growth in digital subscriptions and audience.

This editor will lead a team of reporters who cover both breaking news and produce longer-term enterprise and investigative work that holds the powerful accountable and makes a difference in readers lives.

Our ideal candidate will have proven project management skills, excellent news judgment and the ability to supervise quick-turn daily stories while organizing larger investigations that may take weeks or months.

You should be able to help reporters fine-tune their writing as well as sharpen their reporting.

This editor will be comfortable using metrics to shape beats and social media strategies to increase audience engagement. Previous experience in directing business, environmental, political or courts and crime coverage would be a plus.

You should know the ins and outs of public records and open meeting laws and have a basic understanding of databases.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates preferred.


  • Leading a team of 6 to 8 reporters and collaborating with others across the newsroom to identify and execute powerful journalism.
  • Conceptualizing stories, working with reporters to develop reporting plans and editing their work into a polished and engaging final form.
  • Collaborating with other editors across the USA TODAY Network on best practices and multi-site projects.
  • Driving innovative storytelling in all formats, from written word to video, audio and graphics.
  • Editing projects and complex stories, as well as daily stories and follow-ups from team members.
  • Guiding journalists by consultation and coaching before, during and after the creation of content.
  • Participating in community-connection discussions and representing the Ventura County Star in the community.
  • Helping with fundraising, grant-writing and other opportunities to develop new sources of support for our journalism.
  • Identifying and addressing training needs of individuals and groups.
  • Supervising production of both print and digital news products (often simultaneously).
  • Working occasional nights and weekends as needed.


  • Bachelor's or masters in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5 years of journalism experience. At least 2 years of editing experience.
  • Command of media law, libel law, open records law and principles of ethical conduct.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills and a proven ability to lead teams and push journalists to do their best work and help reporters execute with urgency.
  • An ability to manage multiple projects and juggle short-term and long-term reporting efforts.
  • A keen understanding of how to make complex stories relatable, plus the ability to digest large amounts of information and see the story.
  • An understanding of how to use records and data to answer questions.
  • Strong story-telling skills.
  • An understanding of metrics, social media and SEO principles.
  • Self-motivation and self-direction.
  • Advanced knowledge of writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style.
  • Able to multitask and excel under deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
  • An understanding of the changing media landscape and ability to adapt strategies that address continually changing market and consumer needs and desires.
  • Strong competitive instincts and intellectual curiosity.
  • The ability to effectively manage and coordinate in an environment of accountability.
  • A track record in recruiting a highly successful leadership team.
  • Knowledge of Ventura County and Southern California is a plus.

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, dont limit your upload to a resume; show us what youve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

  1. Your resume with 3 references including at least one person who has supervised your work, and 2 people you have supervised/edited and can discuss your capabilities in detail one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. 3-6 pieces of journalism you have directly edited. Include a short (one paragraph) narrative about each story, detailing your role in shaping it, challenges in the reporting and writing process, and the impact of the work.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.


Gannett Co., Inc. is 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
  • Required Education Equivalent Experience

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