Content Coach/Investigations Editor
- Asheville, NC
Asheville, NC, USA Req #13824
Thursday, February 11, 2021
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Content Coach/Investigations Editor
The Asheville Citizen Times/ citizen-times.com , part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a content coach. investigative editor to work with an award-winning group of accountability reporters.
The ideal candidate will have a track record of high-impact work in accountability reporting, with a readiness to conceive of and execute big projects, while also editing ongoing watchdog and enterprise reporting.
Foreign language skills, a background in public records access and familiarity with data analysis would all be a plus. But this is most important: a core familiarity with leading an investigative report, and relentless dedication to helping your reporters get there.
Our reporters constantly punch above their weight, delivering investigative work while still covering their daily beat. We need someone who can set the pace and priority. This opening provides the opportunity to lead some of our most experienced reporters and some up-and-comers with the support of our newsroom and our nationwide network.
Our newsroom, as a whole, brings authority and focus on key topics in Western North Carolina, including reparations, social justice, growth and development, restaurants and outdoors. And we're in the midst of rethinking our public safety coverage. You will be part of the conversation.
Asheville, North Carolina is a vibrant community in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and is home to some of the nation's best mountain biking, hiking and kayaking. It's also known as a top restaurant destination and boasts dozens of craft breweries.
- Lead a team of reporters and collaborate with others across the newsroom to identify and execute powerful investigative journalism.
- Drive innovative storytelling in all formats, from written word to video, audio and graphics.
- Conceptualize stories, work with reporters to develop reporting plans and edit their work into a polished and engaging final form.
- Edits projects and complex stories, as well as daily stories and follow-ups from team members.
- Guides journalists by consultation and coaching before, during and after the creation of content.
- Participates in community-connection discussions to advocate for audiences.
- Identifies and addresses training needs of individuals and groups.
- Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
- Performs other duties as necessary.
- Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Five years of professional and/or media management experience.
- Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.
- Must embrace peer-to-peer training, as both a teacher and student.
- Strong news judgment and editing skills.
- Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
- A passion for empathetic, compassionate storytelling.
- Attention to detail and accuracy.
- Able to build a coverage strategy using analytics and innovation.
- Experience with advanced storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.
- Exceptional planning and organizational skills.
- Understanding use of metrics, social-media and SEO knowledge.
- Self-motivation and self-direction.
- Strong grasp of journalism skills (reporting and editing) and advanced knowledge of writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style.
- Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
- Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the company's goals.
- News often requires employees to work extended hours, evenings, weekends and holidays, sometimes unexpectedly.
- Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer background check.
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:
- Your resume - one to two pages.
- A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job and outlines your vision for leading an investigative team and serving a diverse community.
- Examples of at least 3-5 major investigative pieces with a narrative of how you led or contributed.
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.
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