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Executive Editor, Centre Daily Times

Posted:Sep 6, 2017

State College, Pa

Centre Daily Times

The Executive Editor will lead, manage, and inspire a team of journalists as they produce powerful public-service journalism for readers in our local community and region. They will also ensure that all of our journalism and all of our journalists are laser-focused on serving and growing our digital audience.

The editor must have the highest journalism ethics and sound judgment; extraordinary skills as an editor; a commitment to understanding issues his or her team reports on; the ability to coach and collaborate with reporters and other editors to achieve high-quality journalism; a deep understanding of and enthusiasm for the modern, digital news ecosystem; a firm grasp of the art and the science of reaching digital readers through search, social media and other distribution channels; a complete commitment to defending the values of the First Amendment, holding leaders and institutions accountable, and speaking truth to power.

Our future lies in digital, and the editor will lead his or her team to focus squarely on serving the measurable needs and interests of digital readers. This will require a passion for reaching digital readers and growing digital readership as well as the ability to ignite that passion in others; the regular use of readership analytics and other data to inform decision-making; and a commitment to and skill in producing exclusive, high-impact journalism.

The executive editor plays a crucial part in coaching content editors and reporters to put our readers at the center of everything we do. He or she will discuss every story idea with a reporter or visual journalist, asking who would care about the story. When necessary, the executive editor must be the one to reject ideas or stories that do not fit McClatchy’s mission -- freeing the reporter to spend time on work that matters to our readers. The executive editor will also monitor his or her content editors and reporters’ progress, ensuring everyone has the training and coaching needed to succeed in the new audience-focused mission.


  • Skill and versatility as an editor and a writer, including the ability to shape everything from breaking news briefs to longform magazine-style pieces in a way that best serves and engages the broadest possible audience.
  • Sound news judgment, and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers and to anticipate reader interests before they exist.
  • Excellent journalism ethics.
  • An interest in and aptitude for storytelling using a broad range of media, including the written word, video, photography, podcasts and other audio, and whatever comes next.
  • Multiple years of prior experience in a leadership role highly preferred.

Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to the Centre Daily Times, Attn: Janet Santostefano, 3400 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801 or email


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