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Senior News Director/Local Content

Job Summary

The Press Democrat, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting, is seeking a Senior News Director/Local News to spearhead our efforts to elevate our digital and print news report and bring greater depth and sophistication to our enterprise reporting and investigative projects. The Senior News Director/Local Content works in tandem with the Executive Editor and the Senior News Director/Digital Growth to lead the news operation of our Santa Rosa, Calif., newsroom and will play an influential role in leveraging the daily content generated across Sonoma Media Investments, our parent company. This role focuses on four key responsibilities:

1) Conceiving and delivering high-impact, high-quality journalism with a strong emphasis on signature enterprise and revelatory public service work that grows our audience. In our Newsroom, we believe content is king.
2) Elevating our organization’s digital sophistication and expanding our digital footprint, with an emphasis on new subscriptions and retention of existing ones.
3) Working with our leadership team to recruit AND retain talented journalists from around the country, with a special emphasis on attracting candidates who bring diversity to our organization. This is an organizational priority.
4) Coaching and developing journalists hungry for hands-on training to help them break and analyze important news, create stories with power and clarity and bring crucial context that helps our audience make sense of life in Wine Country. We will want to hear about your track record in this important area.

Our goal is a simple one: We will be the best news organization of our size in the country. We are seeking top-notch candidates who can help us achieve this.

The Press Democrat is the largest Newsroom between San Francisco and Oregon. We also are a financially strong, locally owned newspaper that values original ideas, aggressive reporting, authoritative writing and watchdog coverage that leads to change. You will help drive innovation and content in an energetic Newsroom excited about the opportunities for local journalism in a digital age.

 Organized and thinks digital first from planning coverage and setting deadlines, to working with the digital team to prepare and push out optimized content across all platforms.
 Work with our editors and your direct reports to identify and focus on issues of interest to our readers and produce high-engagement content, including accountability, solutions, enterprise and investigative journalism.
 Work with the executive editor to collaborate with news, photo, sports, features and digital teams to make sure our best work is surfaced in print and online and to share ideas and determine the best use of resources.
 Directs and champions investigative and First Amendment journalists.
 Help staff identify and better engage with underserved communities and broaden our source base such that we regularly include people from minority communities when planning coverage and in our journalism.
 Work with the executive editor and an inter-departmental team to increase digital subscriptions and work with SMI editors to produce and share content.
 Monitors real-time metrics to develop a clear picture of audience needs.
 Provides excellent customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
 Represents the newspaper to community leaders and members of the community as needed.

This position will involve night and weekend work. The Press Democrat is based in Santa Rosa, Calif., located an hour north of San Francisco in the heart of Sonoma County's renowned Wine Country, where vineyards give way to redwood forests and a scenic coast. The region, home to 650,000 people, is an international destination for tourists and produces some of the best food, wine and beer on the planet. Two colleges, along with thriving tech, farm and government sectors make this region of diverse communities a beautiful place to live and a dynamic place to pursue quality journalism.

We offer an opportunity to grow your career at our award-winning family of publications, with chances to contribute to our daily newspaper, website and regional magazine. All have been recognized as among the best in their respective categories, one of the reasons our news products enjoy some of the highest readership rates in California.

To apply, please visit our company career page:
Please include a resume, a letter describing how you would elevate our local news report and up to six samples of superior work that you have created or directly enhanced.

We are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive Newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. The Press Democrat values the contribution of its employees and offers a competitive compensation plan. We also offer an array of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life, accident insurance and paid time off. Additionally, we are committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. Any job offer is conditional upon satisfactorily completing a background investigation and pre-employment drug testing.

Sonoma Media Investments is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Organization: The Press Democrat
Location: Santa Rosa CA US
Date Posted: May 13, 2021
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