The Ithaca Voice, the go-to source for Ithaca news, is seeking a full-time Managing Editor to guide our newsroom and help with daily coverage of goings-on in the City of Ithaca, New York, and the surrounding area.
What we want
Founded in June 2014, The Ithaca Voice’s mission is to improve civic and political understanding in Ithaca and Tompkins County by publishing and sustaining in-depth, educational, rigorous, timely, and ethical journalism that all residents can access free of charge online.
The Managing Editor is responsible for all editorial content published on The Ithaca Voice website. This person must be quick to spot stories of importance to the Voice’s audience and work with our small team of reporters to deliver that news quickly and in an engaging way. The Managing Editor assigns and writes news stories, works with staff, interns and freelancers to develop stories, edits articles for content and copy, and publishes stories to the website and social media. The Managing Editor needs to have a strong knowledge of current local affairs, an ear to the community, and a vision for the organization’s daily, weekly and long-term news coverage. This person will also supervise two news reporters and a small pool of freelancers, guiding them to success in executing their coverage goals. Working with the rest of the Voice’s team, the news editor will help chart the course for our enterprise and long-term coverage.
In this Ithaca-based role, the General Assignment reporter will be primarily responsible for ensuring that the Voice remains on top of stories relating to Ithaca government, economy, crime and courts, education, health, and other issues of local interest. The Managing Editor is responsible for all editorial content published on The Ithaca Voice website, therefore this person must be quick to spot stories of importance to the Voice’s audience and work with our small team of reporters to deliver that news quickly and in an engaging way.
The Managing Editor assigns and writes news stories and works with staff, interns and freelancers to develop, edit and ultimately publish articles to the website and social media. The Managing Editor needs to have a strong knowledge of current local affairs, an ear to the community, and a vision for the organization’s daily, weekly and long-term news coverage. Working with the rest of the Voice’s team, the news editor will help chart the course for our enterprise and long-term coverage.
The perfect candidate for this position is unflappable in breaking news situations and should be adept at assigning, editing and occasionally writing news stories speedily and with a sharp eye for accuracy and fairness. This editor must identify important stories, deploy the necessary resources strategically, and work seamlessly with various team members in the organization to deliver reporting that gets the story right. Reporters will depend on this editor for guidance on breaking news and politics, policy, and accountability-driven enterprise coverage.
Duties of the Managing Editor include:
- Oversight of breaking news coverage, including assigning and editing stories, posting on social media, and occasionally writing breaking news posts
- Line editing of next-day and longer-term stories
- Coaching and nurturing a small team of reporters, freelancers and interns
- Editing other Ithaca Voice content, including newsletters, news releases and marketing materials
- Occasional evening, weekend, and holiday work and general assignment shifts as news demands.
- A BA/BS degree and 2-3 + years of relevant experience OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
- Prior experience leading small teams to achieve common reporting objectives
- Impeccable reporting and writing skills with a strong grasp of AP style
- Strong familiarity with journalistic ethics and libel law and a focus on adhering to the best practices of journalism
- Ability to motivate and coach reporters, interns, and freelancers of all experience levels
- Prior experience with content management systems, including WordPress and social media platforms
- Lives in Tompkins County
Experience and deep knowledge of the overall Ithaca landscape, Ithaca politics, and the government is preferred but not required. A willingness to learn is mandatory. As is the ability to approach assignments with creativity, a strong eye for detail, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, make decisions under pressure and ability to develop relationships with key stakeholders, constituents, community members, and other Ithaca Voice staff.
We know some great candidates won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.
Who we are
Here’s what you should know about The Ithaca Voice. We’ve had a commitment to quality local journalism and news reporting in our DNA from day one. 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 the media these days obligates us to find a different, reliable, and sustainable way to fund serious journalism. We’re nonpartisan and independent. We don’t need to be yet another source of information affirming the voices and perspectives 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.
As an independent news organization, we have no editorial obstacles in pursuing the truth, just authentic and factual reporting and analysis, full of humanity and on the side of justice. All of us at the Voice believe the best way to achieve that mission is to resemble the community 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 encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this role, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.
This position is based in Ithaca, New York. The Ithaca Voice office is located in downtown Ithaca, steps away from the Ithaca Commons, City Hall, The Tompkins County Courthouse, and County Legislature.
Commensurate with experience
How to apply
To submit your application, please supply your résumé and examples of your work to Dustin Patte –– firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include 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 Ithaca Voice 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.