Date posted: 8/29/19
The Omaha World-Herald is searching for an executive editor to lead a newsroom with a rich tradition of informing and enlightening readers in Nebraska and western Iowa.
This is a job for a smart, sophisticated editor, one who has at least 10 years of experience guiding journalists through day-to-day news challenges as well as the newspaper industry’s digital transformation.
We are operating from a position of strength. Across all of our platforms, The World-Herald has more readers today than at any point in our history. Your challenge is to help us turn more of our casual readers into loyal subscribers by providing exclusive, engaging news coverage.
The World-Herald places a strong value on public service journalism. It is part of our culture, and readers have come to expect it from us. Our next editor must have a strong track record in carrying out this vital piece of our mission.
Our newspaper currently publishes the work of some of the Midwest’s finest journalists. To continue that distinction well into the future, the executive editor must be particularly skilled at developing current and future newsroom staff.
We want someone who believes newspapers like ours make communities stronger. Someone who believes journalism isn’t just a job, it’s a calling. The World-Herald has served our region since 1889. Today, we’re building the model for the next century. Our executive editor plays a vital role in that work. Join us.
The Executive Editor is responsible for all newsroom functions and operations. Those include, directing news coverage published on all print and online platforms, directing staffing and making personnel decisions, creating a budget and overseeing expenses, serving on the newspaper’s leadership team and serving as a liaison with other departments within the company. The Executive Editor reports to the Publisher of the World-Herald and works closely with BH Media Group’s Vice President of News.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Ability to communicate strategy, goals and other information effectively with newsroom personnel. Also must communicate effectively with members of other departments throughout the company.
Oversee personnel and staffing decisions throughout the newsroom.
Effectively make news judgment decisions for all newsroom products, including the print edition, online and magazines.
Help develop and implement a strategy for audience growth.
Create an overall newsroom budget, working with department heads.
Manage expenses used in the production of news products and in overall operations of the newsroom.
Serve as a representative of the Omaha World-Herald within the community, including speaking engagements and events.
Establish and maintain relationships with key community leaders.
Reply respectfully, and in a timely manner, to emails when readers, sources or others have questions.
On-site, regular and reliable attendance is required.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Attends staff meetings and all appropriate company-wide meetings as required. (Evening meetings may be required.)
Must be sensitive to nuances of word and action with regard to race, age, gender, heritage, religion, familial status and sexual orientation.
Maintains professional attitude under pressure.
Possesses and utilizes good ethical judgment.
Professional and polite with co-workers, supervisors, management and the public.
Must be able to work evening and weekends as required.
Assists in special projects as needed.
All other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Ability to follow all company policies and procedures.
Valid driver’s license required.
Ability to operate effectively under deadline pressure.
High level of organizational skills.
Ability to effectively communicate, plan and lead a group on a project.
High knowledge of company protocols, safety standards, ethical standards and strategy; ability to communicate those effectively to staff.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree, preferably injournalism, strategic communications, mass communications or related field,or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ten years of management experience in media industry. Experience as a reporter and front-line editor preferred.