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Managing Editor
Youth Today

Job Category:

Staff

Description:

The Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University has an excellent opportunity for a managing editor for Youth Today, a print and online publication geared for youth workers with a special focus on Out of School Time (OST) education, activities, trends and policy. The top candidates will have experience in editing weekly newspapers, alternative newspapers, trade or similar publications and have a deep understanding of educational and OST issues.

In consultation with the Center’s executive editor, the managing editor will oversee the development of an editorial and design strategy for print and on-line editions of Youth Today with the long-term intent of retaining and growing our paid subscription base while always being mindful of the Center’s dedication to high quality, ethically sound journalism.  Social media, audience engagement, SEO skills are all welcome.

Of course, the successful candidate must be an excellent reporter, writer and copy and assigning editor with an eye for detail and design as well as a deep interest in understanding the news and information needs of this niche audience of OST practitioners, administrators, advocates, policymakers and funders. The best candidate also will have previous experience editing and developing assignments with staff writers and freelancers of varying skill levels. Some in-depth reporting also will be required, but the main focus will be on editing duties. 

The managing editor will have three to five years of editing and reporting experience with some of that time on a child welfare, education or OST beat. The ideal hire will be well grounded in OST issues and have had previous interaction with OST constituencies. This managing editor will become known as the top OST issues journalist nationwide. That reputation will be built on producing great stories and by making personal contacts with key change-makers who come to the website on a regular basis. This editor/reporter will oversee the production of the print edition, make assignments to freelancers based across the country, supervise student interns and graduate assistants who will curate stories and build links to stories of interest others are writing and may write the occasional in-depth and breaking story.

Reporting directly to the executive editor, this hire will also help identify and solicit OST commentary writers. The executive editor will work with these writers to ensure that their op-ed and personal experience commentaries have the readability and impact expected by our influential audience. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that Youth Today is a must read for people who can make positive change to OST issues. They will be policy makers and legislators who can make sweeping change and frontline practitioners who can make incremental changes that positively affect the lives of children and their families who are most in need of OST services.

Any experience working with youth service related media or nonprofits is a definite plus as are Spanish language skills. This is a fantastic opportunity to provide real journalism to ensure that our readers are well informed so that they can provide the best services possible for all youth no matter their station in life.  Women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply. This at first is a grant funded position at the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University, located just outside of Atlanta. Applicants should email resumes, clips and a one-page letter addressing why you are the right person for this job.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years experience (may require some specialized skill sets/training)

Desired Qualifications:

Three to five years of editing and reporting experience with some of that time on a child welfare, education or out-of-school time (OST) beat. The ideal hire will be well grounded in OST issues and have had previous interaction with OST constituencies.

The top candidates will have experience in editing weekly newspapers, alternative newspapers, trade or similar publications and have a deep understanding of educational and OST issues.

A successful candidate must be an excellent reporter, writer and copy and assigning editor with an eye for detail and design as well as a deep interest in understanding the news and information needs of this niche audience of OST practitioners, administrators, advocates, policymakers and funders. The best candidate also will have previous experience editing and developing assignments with staff writers and freelancers of varying skill levels.

Posting Department:

Center for Sustainable Journalism

Regular/Temporary:

Regular

Hours per week:

40+

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Samples

For additional information, visit: https://kennesaw.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=14809&job=managing-editor-for-youth-today


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