POSITION DESCRIPTION: Editor-in-Chief – The Community Edition REPORTS TO: WLUSP ED and Publisher TERM OF OFFICE: Aug 29, 2015 (transition production weekend) – August 30, 2016
GENERAL FUNCTION: the Editor-in-Chief of the Community Edition (TCE) is responsible for coordinating production of the TCE on a monthly schedule and ensuring all deadlines are met. This position includes high level decision making, including establishing and enforcing the news values and ethics of Waterloo Region’s only community-created, independent newspaper. They will be responsible for finding stories, coordinating a team, writing, editing and laying out content for each monthly issue and liaising with contributors to ensure content is submitted in time for deadlines. The EIC will be responsible for building the online presence of the TCE (communityedition.ca) soliciting new writers and maintaining regular updates to web content.
Hours: 35/hr per week.
Work with WLUSP staff and volunteers to develop and produce Community Edition both in print and online.
Coordinate all advertising placements with the WLUSP advertising manager
Develop connections with community groups and organizations to solicit feedback on content and story ideas for future issues
Generate story ideas and ensure stories are assigned and written as well as accompanying media is produced or collected.
Regularly write stories.
Edit all content to be published
Upload stories to website
Ensure all volunteers and staff are properly oriented and trained to meet the standards of the TCE
Liaise regularly with WLUSP editors to collaborate on or exchange stories.
Attend all staff meetings unless due warning is provided to the President
Attend all meetings and conferences as required by the Publisher.
Ensure that TCE is sent to the printer on time
Manage and promote the TCE’s social media presence
Oversee and recruit all TCE volunteers.
Work with the Publisher and WLUSP Web Manager to improve all web properties relating to the TCE.
Attend community events to provide coverage and promote TCE
Find and participate in unique ways to engage community in meaningful dialogue (hosting events, live tweeting, moderating debates etc)
Aid in the planning, coordination and execution of Steel Rails Sessions
Any other reasonable duties as required by the Publisher
Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe In Design, Illustrator and Photoshop
Proven design skills and aesthetic
At least 2 years experience working as an editor for print or web publications
Strong writing skills for all formats including briefs and long format
Strong understanding of CP style
Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with community partners
Experience in team management
Volunteer management and development an asset
Working knowledge of WordPress
Working knowledge of Waterloo Region
Working knowledge of photography
Basic coding an asset
Applications are due by 5:00pm, Friday, August 21.If interested please send a cover letter, resume and three pieces of relevant work (writing and/or design) in a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.