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Section Editor
LA - New Orleans

Opportunity Snapshot

If you'd like to be a section editor at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, now's your chance. In this full-time role, you'll edit a wide array of pages and stories for our daily print product. Shrewd news judgment and reliable copy-editing skills are fundamental to success here. Different days of the week bring varied challenges: One day you might edit a features section, the next day metro news, the next sports or op-ed. In our newsroom, you'll benefit from a truly collaborative environment but also have the opportunity to work independently. We expect decision-makers at all levels of the operation, so you'll have a true voice in the process. Section editors work with designers and page producers to craft striking and journalistically sound presentations.

New Orleans is a lively, unique city that generates captivating stories daily, so the material you'll work with is more galvanizing than in many other places. You must be willing to work a schedule that includes nights, weekends and holidays. But you'll live in New Orleans, where the cost of living is low, and world-renowned events, including Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, keep the fun going year-round. If you wish to help create the future of journalism and to work for a new type of company at NOLA Media Group, then this role could be just right for you.

NOLA Media Group is a digitally-focused news organization encompassing all content, marketing and sales operations for NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune. By bringing together the quality journalism and in-depth coverage of The Times-Picayune with the up-to-the-minute information of NOLA.com, we are ensuring the communities we serve have 24/7 access to what's happening locally and around the world. The Times-Picayune has won multiple Pulitzer Prizes, including two for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and most recently NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, together with WVUE-TV Fox 8, earned a Peabody Award for its groundbreaking investigative series on Louisiana campaign financing.

NOLA Media Group is a part of Advance Local, one of the largest media groups in the U.S. reaching more than 40 million consumers through its 12 local news and information websites that rank #1 among local media in their respective markets, and more than 30 newspapers. Our affiliated websites and newspapers are well known for their award-winning journalism. Advance Local is part of Advance Publications, along with Condé Nast and American City Business Journals.

The Requirements

We're looking for an expert to drive content selection and collaborate on presentation for our daily print newspaper. We need an editor with tried-and-true experience. To be a strong fit for the role you will need:
  • 2+ years of professional experience working as a section editor or similar role
  • A bachelor's degree in journalism, a related field or the equivalent in work experience
  • Knowledge of a variety of print media formats
  • The ability to manage production timelines, meeting deadline consistently
  • Demonstrated news judgment that adapts and coincides with direction set by management
  • Solid copy-editing skills
  • The ability to work a flexible schedule that will include nights, weekends, and holidays as needed
  • Knowledge of graphic design concepts and an ability to work with designers
Your core competencies and characteristics should include:
  • The ability to work with a team of contributors, providing direction and constructive feedback
  • The skill to solve problems and make judgments autonomously
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-moving and sometimes hectic environment where priorities can change rapidly
It will be essential that you rapidly develop expertise and insight about the city of New Orleans once on the job.

The Role

As a section editor at The Times-Picayune, you will be responsible for content selection, budgeting and editing of news, features and sports stories. You will work in concert with the line editors at our content hub, and focus on stories including national news, state and local events, political stories, human interest and more. Content selections will be guided by your trained judgment; a strong background and history of success working in the newspaper industry are essential. You'll capture content by reviewing the NOLA.com website, perusing internal budgets, participating in conference calls with the content hub, monitoring the wires, and being aware of the news stories getting a lot of play on social media. The search for content will continue throughout your day.

Once you select copy, you will ensure that it meets our high-quality standards. You'll copy edit each story, and write engaging headlines that capture the essence of the story with incisiveness and wit. Then you'll work with designers to shape the creative vision and craft powerful packages.

Duties include:
  • Demonstrating leadership on the content team, sharing ideas and suggestions with other editors and in a positive and professional manner
  • Collaborating with designers and paginators in page creation
  • Assembling copy, graphics, photos, etc. for packages
  • Discussing the development of illustrations, charts, maps and other graphics to be used, and ensuring the content is journalistically sound
  • Meeting production timelines and ensuring the process keeps moving
Note: This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

Keys to Success

To succeed as a section editor, your traditional skill-set and experience will be crucial. You'll have a wide array of platforms to capture content and you should work with and embrace them all.

You'll not only need your technical skills, but also advanced interpersonal skills and leadership qualities. You'll work with a lot of different contributors, and you'll need to gain their respect and get buy-in. To be successful, it's important that you come in, demonstrate your talent, establish credibility, and take ownership of news content. You'll need to prove that you can consistently be counted upon to deliver top-notch print sections.
NOLA Media Group offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes: medical, prescription drug, and dental benefits; a 401(k) Plan; life insurance and disability plans and commuter accounts.

NOLA Media Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental impairment, sexual orientation or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.

NOLA Media Group endeavors to make NOLA.com accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact thawkins@dtoolbox.com.
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section editing for print publications such as newspapers or magazines
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