JOB OPENING: Assignment Editor
The Chicago Sun-Times is a distinctly Chicago news organization, with a focus on impactful investigations, sports, politics and reporting stories that matter to the working men and women of Chicago. We’re hiring an editorial planner to work weekends and evenings. This person will help coordinate the newsroom’s new multimedia resources to bring digital-forward stories to life online. Planning ahead and identifying stories in step with our mission and suited to generating digital traffic are key to this role.
- Work alongside the audience team, reporters and editors to make sure newsroom knows about planned events
- Work evenings to assist senior assignment editor in preparing for next day and beyond
- Identify stories to cover and spot trending topics for digital producers to develop
- Maintain online newsroom rundown of current and future story assignments
- Collect and follow up on story ideas – both internal and external
- Strategize with print editors and audience team on video and social media strategies for stories
- Monitor the competition to ensure our reporting stays a step ahead
- Assist with big event coverage
- Other duties, as assigned
- Solid editorial judgment and ethics
- Highly organized, with track record of developing systems that bring order to chaos
- Ability to see around the corner and spot stories ideal for our digital audience
- Demonstrated track record of using innovative approaches to build audience
- Knows how to enterprise stories to differentiate the Sun-Times product from competition
- Thrives in breaking news situations
- Working knowledge of digital platforms and social media, including best practices
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field
- Minimum 1-year experience as a writer, reporter or editorial assistant
- Highly self-motivated with a passion to win
- Knowledge of WordPress, a plus
Interested? Email your cover letter, resume and links to 3 examples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org with Assignment Editor in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
This is a non-union (exempt) position. Sun-Times Media Productions LLC does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, color, religion, age, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, citizenship or national origin, and military membership or veteran status, or on any other basis which would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law.