An award-winning, independently owned newspaper in a thriving city, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, is seeking an editor to oversee its staff of news reporters.
The ideal candidate would be energetic, organized and able to balance both daily and enterprise planning and work across digital and print platforms. The candidate also must be skilled at motivating and coaching a talented staff of reporters and helping them become even better journalists and writers. It is essential that the candidate be able to build and cultivate relationships with reporters, editors and other journalists in the newsroom and work in a collaborative manner.
S/he should have the ability to lead watchdog, explanatory and enterprise coverage and produce work that prompts debate, conversation and change in our community.
The news editor will play a key role in executing our online strategy while working closely with our newsroom’s digital and engagement editor. Candidates for this position need a strong understanding of how to find and assign stories that will drive readership and engagement to help meet an aggressive goal for increasing digital subscriptions.
They must come to news meetings every morning with a solid understanding of what stories did well the previous day online and which ones led readers to subscribe. Candidates should be able to identify digital elements that will elevate and optimize a story for web and be comfortable coaching reporters to do the same.
The Times Free Press aims to be an indispensable source of local and regional news. Our motto — in place since the 1800s — is “To give the news impartially, without fear or favor,” and we strive to live up to that every day with fair, thorough and unbiased coverage.
The news editor manages a staff of two editors and nine reporters and reports to the chief editor.
Chattanooga is a city on the rise with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset. It’s one of the top outdoor destinations in the country with a lively downtown, and has been a magnet for both big industry and startups in recent years. The city is within a two-hour drive of Atlanta, Nashville and Knoxville. It was also the first city in the Western hemisphere to offer superfast Internet — 10 gigabits.
Those interested in applying should send a resume, cover letter and references to Editor Alison Gerber at [email protected]. Please place "news editor" in the email subject line.
About Chattanooga Times Free Press
The Times Free Press is a privately owned, mid-sized newspaper that circulates in counties in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. In addition to producing and coordinating content for our website, the newsroom produces a daily newspaper, a weekly entertainment tabloid, three weekly community newspapers, three monthly magazines and special sections throughout the year.