The Position We are looking for an editor for the Washington bureau of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY Network of 109 newspapers. This editor will help drive coverage of Congress, manage reporters and lead digital story planning for some of the company’s most important stories from the nation’s capital and the campaigns, reporting to the managing editor/government and politics in Washington. This person will have the skills to both elevate the journalism and increase the digital reach of our Washington content.
The ideal candidate would have experience not only in editing stories on politics and policy but also in optimizing content for digital presentation for the country’s No. 2 source of digital news. This would include search-engine optimization, metrics analysis, social media and other presentation strategies and identifying trending content – and then having the creativity to figure out how to cover both the quick trending stories as well as to produce deeply reported enterprise and spot news with a limited staff.
The candidate will join a team of four other editors as well as the ME and the bureau chief in a collaborative environment that manages, directs, edits and produces the work of one of the largest news bureaus in Washington. This position requires flexibility to pivot with the news, judgment to decide how a story should be treated and creativity to help determine the best way to package the news for our diverse readership.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Work with management team to conceive, assign, edit and digitally produce congressional and
political news for USA TODAY and the 109 newspapers in the USA TODAY network. Lead the bureau’s continual digital evolution, and help generate the greatest digital impact
for our news stories. Elevate digital skills across the bureau by organizing training for staff on SEO, social media
and driving traffic to USA TODAY content. Work with Washington bureau leadership to execute multi-platform strategy for mobile, social
and video and strategy focused on achieving target audience goals and objectives. Provide leadership for the Washington bureau and help execute its strategic vision.
QUALIFICATIONS Minimum five years of reporting and editing experience across multiple storytelling platforms. Experience reporting or editing congressional or statehouse and political coverage. Strong background in digital content production and management, including search engine
optimization, metrics analysis, social media strategies and digital innovation as well as identifying trending content. Strong organizational skills and experience managing staff and workflow for news projects. Experience in directing and editing complex political stories to make them fair, balanced and
accurate. Strong ability to conceptualize stories and the appropriate packaging with strong emphasis
on digital strategies and priorities. Strong ability in editing, rewriting and writing compelling yet accurate headlines. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and coordinate in a fast-moving newsroom.
Location/Region: Washington, DC (US)