The Texas Tribune is seeking a news editor who will bring a sharp eye toward covering breaking news and helping with enterprise coverage.
In this Austin-based role, the news editor will be primarily responsible for ensuring that the Tribune remains the go-to source for breaking news on state politics, policy and other issues of statewide interest. This person must be quick at spotting stories of importance to the Tribune’s audience and working with reporters and our audience team to deliver that news quickly and in an engaging way.
This person will also supervise a group of reporters and guide them to success in covering their respective beats. Working with the rest of the Tribune’s editing team, the news editor will help chart the course for both our enterprise and long-term coverage.
The perfect candidate for this position is someone who is unflappable in breaking news situations and able to assign, edit and even write breaking news stories speedily and with a sharp eye for accuracy and fairness. This editor must be able to identify important stories, deploy the necessary resources strategically and work seamlessly with various teams across the organization. This person should also be well-versed in AP style. Reporters and editors across the newsroom will depend on the news editor for guidance not just on breaking news but on their politics, policy and accountability-driven enterprise coverage.
Oversight of day-side 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 team of reporters
Communicating with other editors on coverage strategies
Collaborating with other departments, from audience to art to data visuals
Editing other daily Texas Tribune content, including newsletters, news releases and events programs
Skills must include:
Terrific news judgment
A passion and talent for jumping on breaking news
Impeccable reporting and writing skills
A strong familiarity with journalistic ethics and libel law
Ability to conceive of and foster nontraditional storytelling
Ability to motivate and coach reporters of all experience levels
A firm grasp of AP style
About The Texas Tribune:
The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit newsroom based in Austin, Texas, dedicated to engaging and informing Texans on politics and policy news. We are read by more than 1.5 million people every month and have more journalists covering state government than any newsroom in the country. In addition, our events team hosts more than 50 free conversations between the public and elected officials across the state every year.
We’re a “grown-up startup,” meaning we all wear many hats, but we’re also big fans of getting enough sleep. We believe our office is a pretty great place to work, and we're proud of the job we've done helping to make Texas politics transparent and accessible to the world at large. The Texas Tribune is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.
Benefits: Downtown office with paid parking or commuting stipend; medical, vision and dental insurance; a cell phone stipend; 20 days of paid time off; up to 12 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection; 401(k) matching; support for professional training and attending industry conferences.
How to apply:
We are currently reviewing submissions but are still accepting applications. Use our form to send a cover letter, résumé and work samples. Email email@example.com with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!