Government Watchdog Deputy Editor – LNP Media Group (Lancaster)
Government Watchdog Deputy Editor – LNP Media Group (Lancaster)
The LNP Media Group, Inc. family of print and digital publications, part of Steinman Communications, is the biggest and most influential provider of news in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with a history of 225 years of excellence. We are in search of a tech-savvy and driven journalist to join our talented team. LNP offers strong benefits including health, vision, dental, company-matched 401(K) after 90 days of employment, and a competitive time-off policy.
The Government Watchdog Deputy Editor helps lead a core team of watchdog reporters in producing deeply researched, impactful and urgent journalism that holds officials accountable for the decisions they make for the people they serve. The deputy works with editors across print, digital and social media platforms to provide breaking news as well as manage reporting projects that require weeks and months of work, and assists reporters in other departments – including business, features and sports – do investigative and enterprise reporting on their beats. Data journalism is also a core component of this team and its leadership’s mission to serve readers and fact-check authority.
Team leaders meet the needs of digital and print audiences – and recognize their different interests — by publishing breaking news in real time across all digital platforms and then directing the team to follow through with context, analysis and insight in print the next day – all with a focus on readers and consumers. They will coach, create a learning culture, generate enthusiasm and set high standards among team members. This editor will be responsible for ensuring that reporters use all digital and print tools available in generating news and information. This editor will assign, edit and proof features stories on pages; coordinate their presentation with photographers, designers and graphic artists; select and edit wire coverage that aligns with feature beat areas; and be a conduit for reader feedback and future story ideas. They also will collaborate with other team leaders in routinely producing adjacent content and unique content for both print and online.
The editor will coach, create a learning culture, generate enthusiasm and set high standards among team members. This leader will be responsible for ensuring that reporters use all digital and print tools available in generating news and information.
Team leaders will assign, edit and proof stories; coordinate their presentation with photographers, designers and graphic artists; occasionally select and edit wire coverage that aligns with beat areas; and be a conduit for reader feedback and future story ideas. They also will collaborate with other team leaders in routinely producing adjacent content and unique content for both print and online.
Essential job functions
- Exercise sound news judgment and operate under the fundamental tenets of investigative journalism to oversee daily, short-term and long-range reporting projects on topics of interest to readers in Lancaster County and, if necessary, the surrounding region.
- When necessary, assist in the reporting and writing of investigative and enterprise stories.
- Manage reporters’ work on numerous projects simultaneously.
- Collaborate on the planning and presentation of investigative and enterprise coverage with others in the editorial department, including page designers, digital staff, photographers and videographers.
- Coach reporters both under your supervision and across the newsroom in investigative and enterprise reporting techniques such as the Right to Know Law.
- Perform all supervisory and leadership responsibilities associated with the newsroom, including motivating, coaching, training, appraising, rewarding and disciplining, and addressing complaints and resolving issues of the employees. Also, as part of a team, will be responsible for interviewing and hiring new talent for the Watchdog Team.
- Supervise and facilitate the work of a reporting team dedicated to generating content that is fair, balanced, accurate, compelling, and makes a positive impact in the communities we serve. Individuals on the Team produce daily beat content for digital and multimedia packages planned for digital or print presentation routinely each week.
- Works closely with the Managing Editor for Content and team members using expertise and good judgement in selecting the most appropriate content for print and digital products to engage the audiences.
- Working across teams to identify issues of importance to residents of Lancaster County and exploring them through solid explanatory and enterprise reporting.
- Use metrics/analytics to inform decisions on content assignments and placement across platforms.
- Assign and edit copy as well as write headlines and captions as needed. Page proofing might be needed at times, too.
- Attend daily morning and afternoon content meetings. Also, attend regular brainstorming meetings about Sunday projects and centerpieces for print.
- Foster a newsroom work environment that champions excellent journalism, creativity, collaboration, teamwork and a sense of fulfillment.
- Create and/or contribute to content as needed.
In addition to the essential functions listed above, the employee is expected to exercise honesty, integrity and respect with all clients and co-workers, maintain a professional appearance and demeanor, demonstrate a positive attitude, communicate effectively with co-workers and clients, work with accuracy, efficiency, and attention to detail, respect the work environment and keep it as neat and clean as possible, and exercise initiative to learn new skills and tasks and to help co-workers when possible.
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, related field or equivalent experience.
- 5+ years’ experience in administration and supervision in a newsroom environment preferred. Prior experience in writing and managing the production of Quality of Life-type content is preferred.
- Proven ability to lead a team.
- Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal communication skills. Knowledge of newsroom-specific editing, photography and wire handling is preferred.
- Experience using wire services and publishing systems for all platforms.
- Fluency in Web and social media technology as well as advanced knowledge of digital metrics and SEO.
- Ability to work and collaborate in a mixed-media team environment, to multitask in a deadline-driven newsroom and to adapt constructively and creatively to change.
- A firm grasp of current events particularly as they relate to LNP’s Lancaster County area audience.
- A keen interest in and knowledge of LNP competitors.
- Thorough familiarity with journalism and libel law.