Editor, Sonoma Index-Tribune
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Do you have the news bug and a love of small-town charm? Do you want to carve your own path as an editor while also working with a broad team of award-winning journalists across a locally owned media company? Are you ready to lead an ambitious newsroom in one of the most beautiful corners of America?

 

The Sonoma Index-Tribune, a division of Sonoma Media Investments, is seeking a new editor to oversee and elevate our digital and print news in this hometown paper. You will help drive innovation and content in an energetic newsroom that is excited about the opportunities for local journalism in a digital age. Editing, reporting and community news experience is needed. 

 

Sonoma Media Investments (SMI) is an independent, privately-owned multimedia company. Formed in 2012 by a consortium of local investors who recognize the value of quality local journalism, SMI is home to the most-read publications and websites in the affluent Sonoma Valley, north of San Francisco.

 

Each week, seven out of ten North Bay adults – more than 376,000 in total – engage with the many SMI publications and their corresponding websites, including: The Pulitzer Prize-winning Press Democrat (the flagship daily), The Sonoma Index-Tribune, Petaluma Argus-Courier, The North Bay Business Journal, Sonoma Magazine and La Prensa Sonoma (the region’s premier Spanish-language newspaper and website). 

 

The Sonoma Index-Tribune covers the Sonoma Valley, from Highway 37 to Kenwood, a beautiful and robust region with no shortage of news. From city council races to community events, we are seeking a strong leader to guide the newsroom at this iconic paper. Visit sonomanews.com to view our publication.

 

Essential job functions include, but are not limited to the following:

You must demonstrate the vision, judgment and skills that produce superior content across all platforms our audience uses to engage with our journalism. You will be expected to:

  • Coach newsroom to produce high quality newspaper and website.
  • Research and write 1-2  stories weekly.
  • Edit news stories for clarity, accuracy and readability.
  • Post stories to website daily. Coordinate with other staff members to keep site updated multiple times a day with fresh content.
  • Oversee breaking news coverage and be able to pivot priorities.
  • Manage social media channels.
  • Track local news and trends, suggest news stories that appeal to a wide variety of readers.  
  • Assign stories and photos to staff and freelancers.
  • Maintain a robust pool of freelancers.
  • Develop, maintain and monitor long-range story list, ensuring coverage of ongoing stories and planning enterprise stories and series well in advance.
  • Coordinate page layout with copydesk.
  • Lead weekly news staff meetings.
  • Proofread pages.
  • Maintain robust digital knowledge to enhance the website and reader experience.
  • Approve newsroom staff time cards, PTO requests and freelance invoices, ensuring newsroom budgeted expenses are not exceeded.
  • Participate in staff development and training, including following safety practices and procedures.
  • Represent newspaper at community events, per the publisher.
  • Regularly monitor area news sources for news story ideas.
  • Plan and execute production of special sections, most importantly the Petaluma People’s Choice Awards magazine.  
  • Take photos and shoot Facebook Live as needed.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field.

  • Minimum of five years’ experience with a community newspaper.

  • Multimedia skills, including updating a website.

  • Supervisory/managerial experience.

  • Spanish language skills a plus.

  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, plus AP Style.

  • Individual must have computer skills and knowledge of the Internet.

  • Should be familiar with word-processing software, i.e. Microsoft Office Suite, and be able quickly learn software used in the newspaper.

  • Work under deadline pressure.

  • Interact with sources to gain information.

  • Valid California Driver’s license.

 

Sonoma Media Investment’s values the contribution of their employees and offers a competitive compensation plan. We also offer an array of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life, accident insurance and paid time off. Any job offer is conditional upon satisfactorily completing a pre-employment background investigation.

 

To be considered please submit an application on our career page.

Please include a cover letter and 3 writing samples.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement: SMI is committed to creating a safe work environment for all employees, independent contractors, vendors and guests.  All employees are required to submit proof of a COVID-19 vaccine and be subject to booster shots as recommended by the CDC.  Medical reasons for not being vaccinated and religious objections will be carefully reviewed to determine if an accommodation can be made. 

 

Sonoma Media Investments is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

SMI Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The primary duty of a media company, at its core, is to seek out and tell the truth through its journalism.  At the same time, we must maintain a company culture that is inclusive and free of discrimination of any kind.   

 

We at Sonoma Media Investments, LLC, acknowledge the difficult truth that over the course of our long history, we have not always been consistent or effective in fulfilling another duty, to protect and defend those who are trivialized, disregarded, sidelined or treated unfairly in our community, and within our own company. 

 

We at SMI are committed to creating and maintaining a company culture that is actively antiracist and scrupulously inclusive within our company’s work environment, and in how we report on and engage with the community we serve, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, faith, age, ability or size. We pledge to promote equality and humane treatment of others, and to oppose prejudice, indifference, sexism, intolerance and hate. This we will do through our hiring, promotion and retention practices, through our advertising programs and customer service, and through our news coverage and community engagement. 

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