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The Texas Tribune
Andy Alford
andy.alford@texastribune.org

919 Congress Ave.
Austin Texas United States 78701

Web: https://www.texastribune.org

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Afternoon/Evening News Editor


Job ID: 11414
Job Views: 2439
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
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Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 72000 USD per year
Posted: 05.24.2024

Job Description

The Texas Tribune, the state’s go-to source for Texas politics and public policy news, is seeking an afternoon/evening news editor to join our news and general assignments team. 

This editor is primarily responsible for assigning and editing breaking news between 1 and 9 p.m. CT. Responsibilities include taking over stories handed off by dayside beat editors; assigning coverage of late-breaking stories; scheduling the home page during the evening hours and for the following morning; overseeing some enterprise stories; coordinating with other editors on coverage planning; and, when necessary, writing clean and clear copy for our site. The editor will work closely with a reporter, a photo editor and an audience team member who work the same hours. 

This editor will also edit The Brief, our flagship morning newsletter, and The Blast, a thrice-weekly paid newsletter focusing on politics. The editor should be an aggressive but calm news leader who is comfortable monitoring news developments — such as court rulings, official announcements and primetime speeches — and deciding which to cover. The position requires superb communication skills and the ability to work with journalists across disciplines. 

The position reports to the News Editor.

The perfect candidate for this position is unflappable in breaking news situations and excels at assigning, editing and occasionally writing breaking news stories speedily and with a sharp eye for accuracy, fairness and journalistic standards. This editor must be able to identify important stories, deploy necessary resources strategically and work seamlessly with various teams across the organization. This person should also be well-versed in AP style. 

This job, which has no direct reports, is perfect for an organized utility player with strong news judgment who enjoys elevating journalism of all types and wants to take the first step toward newsroom leadership. 

The salary for this position will vary depending on qualifications; the minimum is $72,000.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with dayside news team to ensure stories are published promptly
  • Complete editing on stories handed over from dayside editors
  • Monitor late afternoon/evening news developments 
  • Assign coverage, in coordination with other editors
  • Write and edit accurate, compelling headlines
  • Monitor wires and partner news agencies for articles we can co-publish  
  • Keep the Tribune website updated
  • Occasional travel and work on weekends and holidays

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree and 3+ years of breaking news experience OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Terrific news judgment and talent for jumping on quick-turn enterprise writing
  • A demonstrated ability to work quickly and under tight deadlines
  • Impeccable editing, reporting, fact-checking and writing skills with a strong familiarity with journalistic ethics and libel law
  • Strong communication and storytelling skills using AP style 
  • Ability to research and fact-check information using excellent writing, reviewing and editing skills
  • Spanish-language skills are preferred

We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

About The Texas Tribune

Here’s what you should know about the Tribune. From day one we’ve had disruption, innovation and risk-taking in our DNA. We’re ambitious as all get out but still have the punch-above-your-weight mentality of a scrappy start-up. We believe we can meet the demands of our audience and our own expectations for excellence without breaking the bank — or our staff. We understand not everything is a story for us — we have to make choices — but we’re always looking to expand our boundaries. We’re nonprofit because the challenging economic reality for media these days obligates us to find a different way, reliable and sustainable, to fund serious journalism. We’re nonpartisan because we live in the United States of Confirmation Bias — and we don’t need to be part of the problem. We don’t need to be yet another source of information affirming the voices and perspectives that are already in people’s heads. At the same time, nonpartisan is not non-thinking. We call B.S. when B.S. needs to be called.

All of us at the Trib believe the best way to achieve that mission is to resemble the state we cover. We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this role, including women, veterans, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

Location

The Texas Tribune office is located in downtown Austin, steps away from the Texas Capitol building. This position requires occasional in-person work in our Austin office but can be based anywhere in the state.  We have colleagues in the organization who come into the office on a regular basis and colleagues who are based in various cities throughout the United States.

Benefits

This job is full-time and has the following benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance
  • A $50-a-month cell phone stipend
  • 20 days of paid time off each year
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Up to 16 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
  • Annual 401(k) match of $2,000
  • Remote working flexibility

How to Apply

Submit your application by June 14 with a resume and examples of your work. You may include clips of work with your byline and/or of work you played a heavy role in editing. Please also submit a cover letter detailing your vision for this position and how you would approach the work. We can't wait to hear from you.

The Texas Tribune is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for all, and we encourage applicants of all identities, backgrounds, ages, and abilities to apply. Learn more about The Texas Tribune here.



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