Content Coach - Breaking News

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IndyStar is looking for a content coach to guide our public safety/breaking news team.

This editor is responsible for public safety coverage that includes breaking crime news, courts coverage and public safety trends. This team is expected to consistently produce high-end enterprise, trend coverage and watchdog/investigative coverage. IndyStar has a reputation for producing award-winning public safety reporting. The Indianapolis Star was a finalist this year for IRE's Tom Renner Award for our "Code of Silence" series on witness intimidation and the reasons so many witnesses refuse to testify -- and sometimes pay a price when they do.

The ideal editor for this position will be able to successfully balance urgency and sophistication -- someone who is both competitive and ambitious. If you don't mind getting beat by the competition, this isn't the position for you. And if you don't aspire to produce award-winning-level explanatory and watchdog work, it's also not the job for you. But if we have high expectations for this position, it is in part because of the very talented reporters in this group.

It is also essential that this person become immersed in our metrics and digital best practices -- and ensure those practices become standard across the team.

The specific job duties include:

  • Guiding a team of 4-5 reporters, including strong front-end and back-end editing
  • Coordinating and supervising coverage of major breaking news events
  • Working with reporters to develop a steady stream of enterprise, trend and watchdog content
  • Engaging frequently with visual team and digital desk
  • Working collaboratively with other coaches
  • Working collaboratively with the department's news producer to ensure content reaches the widest audience possible with maximum engagement
  • Providing coverage and content plans that take into account visuals, video, digital-first content and social media strategy/promotion

In addition, especially given the subject matter, the ideal candidate will approach this position with a heightened level of sensitivity, fairness, compassion and the highest ethical standards.

This can be a very rewarding position with an opportunity to work with first-rate reporters on topics of particular importance in the community. Indianapolis has suffered through multiple years of rising homicide/violent crime numbers and it's a city looking for leadership on these issues.
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