News editor

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The news editor coordinates a staff of beat reporters (sometimes including a senior reporter) in covering the news pertinent to their assigned beats, and will be specifically expected to:

  • Write a minimum of one story per week (additional writing is optional)
  • Work with reporters to generate story ideas during weekly news desk meetings
  • Coordinate at least one enterprise story per reporter per term
  • Line edit stories prior to publication to identify problems, such as libel, inaccuracy, wordiness or lack of clarity
  • Assist reporters in writing and improving their work
  • Become extremely familiar with the rules of Associated Press and Review style
  • Ensure that all sources in the assigned beat areas are regularly covered
  • Keep up with news on reporters’ beats and assign them stories, blog posts or Twitter alerts as necessary
  • Issue blog posts and/or Twitter alerts as necessary. If news is breaking on a reporter’s beat but he or she is unavailable, the news editor should disseminate the news.
  • Be available to line edit stories throughout the day as breaking news emerges and stories are posted to the Web site
  • Coordinate with the photo and graphics departments to ensure as many stories as possible have a visual element with them by posting photo and graphic tip sheets, talking in person with the photographer or graphic artist and when appropriate, by sending reporters out with a camera
  • Advise the editor-in-chief and managing editor on issues in assigned beat areas
  • Communicate to managing editor when stories fall through or coverage is changing
  • Meet weekly deadlines and ensure reporters meet daily deadlines
  • Monitor reporters for compliance of job duties
  • Assist in the finding of news reporters
  • Attend required staff meetings, and schedule and lead weekly desk meetings with reporters to discuss problems and plan coverage
  • Monitor the news daily to keep abreast of all issues that need to be covered and see that no pertinent news is missed
  • Set individual goals each semester to improve journalistic skills, and help others set goals each semester to improve their journalistic skills
  • Contribute to supplements as needed
  • Complete additional tasks as assigned

Direct supervisor: Managing editor