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National Trending Team Editor: West Region


Gannett is hiring an editor to lead the West region of our national trending team. The national trending team covers the stories that start the conversation in the country each day, creating urgent, smart and innovative journalism that reaches readers on any platform.

The team responds to the nation's biggest breaking news moments for USA TODAY and more than 200 local sites, bringing national resources to bear for communities as their most important stories are unfolding.

This editor, either based in the West region or willing to work Pacific Time hours, will lead a team of three to six reporters, guiding their coverage of national, regional, and local journalism that not only offers a unique take on what is trending now, but reports on original general assignment stories that will shape the conversation tomorrow. The editor should be comfortable using analytics to help us anticipate coverage opportunities.

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This position is full time remote, Sunday through Thursday, and can be based anywhere in the US, except for Alaska and Hawaii.

The right candidate:

  • Has proven experience in a digital environment ensuring reporters file accurate, concise, and clean copy on tight deadlines.
  • Has a robust understanding of what's happening across the country and can determine the focus areas for reporters to own to create conversation-starting journalism.
  • Is infinitely curious and always has a story idea ready to go.
  • Can help the team strategically manage their time to ensure a mix of short-form and longform journalism.
  • Manages empathetically and provides personalized coaching for reporters' continued success.
  • Enjoys collaborating with editors and writers across the network on breaking news and special packages.
  • Effectively prioritizes tasks in a fast-paced environment and juggles creative personalities.
  • Ensures our coverage includes a diversity of ideas, perspectives, and voices.
  • Upholds Gannett's standards of journalistic rigor, accuracy, and fairness.


  • Coach reporters to produce a steady stream of breaking news, trending stories and enterprise coverage on a wide variety of topics.
  • Work with the content strategists and team leaders to ensure we're covering the topics and issues most important to key audiences.
  • Develop enterprise coverage plans around tentpole events and other critical moments when we can connect with readers.
  • Monitor real-time metrics to develop a clear picture of audience opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with other editors to produce coverage using innovative approaches.


  • Bachelor's or master's degree in journalism or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven proficiency in applying analytics to content strategy.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • Exposure to deadline-driven environment.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills.
  • SEO knowledge.
  • Self-motivation and self-direction.
  • Strong line-editing skills.
  • Strong people-management skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.

Application Instructions

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don't limit your upload to a resume; show us what you've done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:
  1. Your resume - one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.




The annualized base salary for this role will range between $45,000 and $105,800. Variable compensation is not reflected in these figures and based on the role, may be applicable. Exact compensation may vary based on skills, experience, location, and union representation, if applicable.

Job ID: utn-70129
Employment Type: Full Time

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA
    • Pet Insurance
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • HSA
  • Parental Benefits

    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Financial Counseling
    • 401(K)
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional Development

    • Internship Program
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Work Visa Sponsorship
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Promote From Within
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program