Editor - News - Local News

Lee Enterprises Inc   Orange, VA   Full-time
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Lee Enterprises is seeking an experienced editor to manage operations at its Central Virginia weekly publications: the Greene County Record, Orange County Review and Madison Eagle.

The editor will be required to cooperate with a team of freelancers for the three weekly newspapers, collaborate with editors and their newsrooms in surrounding markets and coordinate original copy from Central Virginia as well as copy pulled from across the commonwealth and the nation.

The ideal candidate has experience writing and editing local government, education, business and sports stories, as well as editorials and columns. That candidate will also have strong time management skills and sound news judgment, able to think critically and plan ahead for a print product that goes to press once a week as well as a digital product that should provide real-time updates to the readers and residents of Greene, Orange and Madison counties.

  • Maintaining the story budget and ensuring stories are ready for immediate digital publication and print publication by weekly deadlines.
  • Monitoring workflow from pitch to publication, keeping the newsrooms' budget up to date and keeping freelance staff on deadline.
  • Line editing and copy editing stories to keep content tight in language and focused in narrative.
  • Finessing headlines for print and digital content to suit the medium and audience.
  • Analyzing audience data on a regular basis to help better understand what is working and what can be improved in strategies for digital presentation, social media and SEO.
  • Working regularly with senior editors at nearby newsrooms to coordinate reporting on and of Central Virginia.
  • Producing some content - stories, video, data visualization - as needed.
  • Freelance management.
  • Town News and Blox CMS.
  • AP style.
  • SEO best standards and practices.
  • Web production
Nestled in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greene, Madison and Orange counties are home to more than 72,000 residents, James Madison's Montpelier, Shenandoah National Park and so much more. The best person for the job will not only have a strong interest in the area and its people but a passion for telling their stories.

Lee Enterprises offers a full benefits package including a 401k plan.


Why Join Us?

Lee Enterprises offers competitive wages in a dynamic, interesting work environment with career growth opportunities. We offer an extensive benefit program that can be personalized to your needs. Our benefit program includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, company provided life insurance and supplemental life insurance. In addition, we offer a 401K retirement plan with company match. We also offer generous paid time off to allow the flexibility to balance personal life and work. This includes paid parental leave for new parents.

Lee Enterprises is a major subscription and advertising platform and a leading provider of local news and information, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 74 markets in 26 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have an average daily circulation of 1.0 million, and our legacy websites, including acquisitions, reach more than 34 million digital unique visitors.

Lee Enterprises is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to attracting and retaining a workforce whose diversity reflects the communities we serve. Lee embraces change, and we recognize that we must create and maintain a culture of fervent inclusion. For more information about Lee, check us out at www.lee.net.

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply.
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Lee Enterprises Inc

Orange, VA