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 Editor/Content Coach - Mount Shasta, 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: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: jrCtab6t6EMCFZDj8LPV4RiCoIsXaJ / Latpro-3831576 
Date posted: Oct-13-2021
State, Zip: California, 96067


Req #18951

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a subscription-led and digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to empowering communities to thrive. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of millions with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services.

Our current portfolio of media assets includes USA TODAY, local media organizations in 46 states in the U.S., and Newsquest, a wholly owned subsidiary operating in the United Kingdom with more than 120 local news media brands. Gannett also owns the digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, Inc., UpCurve, Inc., and WordStream, Inc., which are marketed under the LOCALiQ brand, and runs the largest media-owned events business in the U.S., USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures.

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Editor/Content Coach

The Mount Shasta Area Newspapers/, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, seeks a dynamic, results-driven editor to lead the newsroom in producing impactful journalism that serves local communities and grows digital audience. The editor will be responsible for two hyper-local weeklies and two websites that have a growing track record of engaging digital readers and reporting breaking news in real time.

The editor will supervise reporters day-to-day activities, act as a mentor and coach, produce print budgets and ensure stories are accurate and meaningful. This role includes reporting as needed, as well as regular work with freelancers and community contributors.

As an editor, you will use metrics and audience research to guide decisions about covering topics and issues that will drive digital audience growth. Youll also directly engage the community in person, through our own products and through social media. This editor will report to the Redding-based Local News Editor and must effectively collaborate with regional digital producers and a centralized print design center. The office is in Mount Shasta, but the successful candidate can live anywhere in southern Siskiyou County and a hybrid work arrangement (splitting time between in-office and working from home) is perfectly acceptable.

The Mount Shasta Area Newspapers and digital products are produced by a small newsroom consisting of an editor and two reporters. Our newspapers have been a pillar of their communities for more than 100 years, since the Gold Rush drew intrepid miners to the area who stayed to work in the timber and railroad industries. We cover a massive area: Siskiyou County in farthest Northern California is 6,347 square miles larger than the state of Connecticut with a population of just over 43,500.

The county is geographically diverse and boasts 14,179-foot Mt. Shasta as well as pristine rivers, forests, agricultural land, meadows, cattle ranches, waterfalls and many small towns that each insist on maintaining their own identity. Outdoor activities are abundant and easy to access, including hiking, biking, climbing, skiing/snowboarding, fishing and hunting. Compared to most of California, the area is very affordable.

Excellent news judgment and editing skills are a must. A successful candidate will embrace the latest developments in video, digital technology and social media and will experiment with innovative approaches to build digital subscribers and social media followers.

This is an ideal position for a roll-up-your-sleeves self-starter who yearns to run a newsroom and likes coaching reporters and knows how to help them elevate their work. The position requires a bachelors degree and three to five years of experience in journalism writing, editing or management roles.


  • Help reporters hone skills in a wide range of storytelling: from real-time digital updates to narrative storytelling to investigative reporting, employing alternative story forms and multimedia.
  • Collaborate with senior editors to define strategic priorities and beat structures that deepen engagement with the community and make the most of reporting resources.
  • Use metrics and analytics to increase digital audience and engagement and grow digital subscriptions.
  • Work closely with newsrooms and editors in Redding, Reno, Salem and other nearby USA TODAY Network communities.
  • Serve as an ambassador to the community on The Heralds and the Daily Newss behalf. This may include taking calls and handling concerns from community members and subscribers.
  • Apply innovative, creative thinking to support the companys goals.


  • Bachelor's or masters in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience in journalism writing, editing or management roles and demonstration of strong editing skills.
  • Solid news judgment.
  • Willingness to be a teacher, not just an editor.
  • Ability to experiment and think creatively.
  • Ability to be a team player who likes to collaborate with coworkers.
  • Top-notch planning, organizational and time management skills.
  • Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.
  • Understanding of metrics, social media and SEO.
  • Self-motivation and self-direction.
  • Ability to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check.

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 one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. 3-5 examples of work that you have authored or edited. Ideally, you can provide an annotated version of a journalistic work, demonstrating how you shaped the final product through coaching, line editing and other feedback. Describe obstacles encountered during the process and how you overcame them.

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., 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.

Other details
  • Job Family Content Management
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Required Education Equivalent Experience

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