News Editor

Palm Springs, CA, USA Req #9164

Monday, December 16, 2019

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News & Investigations Editor

The Desert Sun/,the leading news organization in Southern California's Coachella Valley and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for a news editor to lead reporters in California's Coachella Valley.

This area east of Los Angeles includes the communities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Coachella and Indio, and is bursting with amazing stories to chase or conceive.

This editor will lead a team of reporters who cover both breaking news and produce longer-term enterprise and investigative work that holds the powerful accountable and makes a difference in readers' lives.

Our ideal candidate will have proven project management skills, supervising quick-turn daily stories while also organizing larger investigations that may take weeks or months. This editor should be able to help reporters fine-tune their writing as well as sharpen their reporting.

This editor will also be comfortable in using metrics to shape beats, platform choices and social media strategies to increase audience engagement. Previous experience in directing business, environmental, political or courts and crime coverage would be a plus. Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates preferred.

This editor should be skilled at prying out hard-to-get information by using state and federal open meetings and open records laws, and coaching reporters to do the same. Our ideal candidate would have some facility in databases, data visualization and mapping.


  • Lead a team of 6 to 8 reporters and collaborate with others across the newsroom to identify and execute powerful journalism.
  • Conceptualize stories, work with reporters to develop reporting plans and edit their work into a polished and engaging final form.
  • Collaborate with other editors across the USA TODAY Network on best practices and multi-site projects.
  • Drive innovative storytelling in all formats, from written word to video, audio and graphics.
  • Edit projects and complex stories, as well as daily stories and follow-ups from team members.
  • Guide journalists by consultation and coaching before, during and after the creation of content.
  • Participate in community-connection discussions to advocate for audiences.
  • Identify and address training needs of individuals and groups.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5 years of journalism experience. At least 2 years of editing experience.
  • Command of media law, libel law, open records law and principles of ethical conduct.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills and a proven ability to lead teams and push journalists to do their best work and help reporters execute with urgency.
  • An ability to manage multiple projects and juggle short-term and long-term reporting efforts.
  • A keen understanding of how to make complex stories relatable, plus the ability to digest large amounts of information and "see the story."
  • An understanding of how to use records and data to answer questions.
  • Strong story-telling skills.
  • An understanding of metrics, social media and SEO principles.
  • Self-motivation and self-direction.
  • Advanced knowledge of writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style.
  • Able to multitask and excel under deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.

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 with references- one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. 1-2 pieces of journalism you have authored directly.
  4. 3-4 pieces of journalism you have directly edited. Include a short (one paragraph) narrative about each story, detailing your role in shaping it, challenges in the reporting and writing process, and the impact of the work.

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.


Here's what we have to offer:

We offer a competitive base salary and career growth opportunities. We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k) is topnotch and the contributions you make, up to the first 5% are eligible for a 100% Company match!

Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.

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