Senior content editors assign, edit and enhance audience-focused content for multimedia presentation (internet, print, mobile). This includes working directly with journalists, free-lancers, visual journalists and database journalists on content development and execution; editing text and writing compelling headlines, teasers and story summaries; tagging content with appropriate keywords; editing photos and videos, and helping to keep the digital channels updated timely. Maintain a real-time mindset, attacking the news throughout the day, developing a continuous stream of fresh angles and new ideas.
The senior content editor utilizes metrics/analytics to showcase the best-performing content and to inform staff and audience of future coverage. Senior content editors work on varied subjects from breaking news to local entertainment to enterprise projects. They program web pages based on audience data and the mission; manage content from outside sources such as wire services; aggregate content or write quick briefs, when necessary; and publish on other digital platforms. Senior content editors possess initiative, creativity, excellent news judgment, attention to detail, and maintain a commitment to accuracy. Ability to multitask and perform well under constant deadlines with limited supervision. Assist with the development of journalists and less experienced editors, including those outside their topic area. A combination of advanced skills that include a strong command of the English language, solid understanding of digital trends in SEO, social media and audience metrics, and editing skills that conform to accepted journalistic techniques; maintains the ethical and style standards of tronc and The Hartford Courant.
Create visual content for courant.com and other digital platforms that engages audiences and supports the newsroom’s mission. This includes video, still photos, data visualizations and other infographics, maps, charts, tutorials, GIFs, etc. Create content built on reporting that can stand-alone or to augment the newsroom’s original news and feature reporting. Some visual journalists will have high expertise in a specific medium such as video, still photography or graphics, but all visual journalists must have a strong working knowledge and fluency in photography and videography, and be capable of producing and editing photos, videos, galleries, slideshows, etc.
This position requires strong editorial decision-making and a solid foundation of journalistic ethics. Visual journalists will be able to not only create content but also publish content online or make it available for site publication; capable of assessing audience with metrics; and publishing on other platforms such as social media. Visual journalists must possess initiative, creativity, good news judgment, attention to detail, self-direction, the ability to multitask and meet deadlines, the ability and desire to work as a team, a strong command of the English language and a commitment to accuracy. A solid foundational understanding of digital trends, social media and audience metrics is required.
Create premium content for courant.com and other digital platforms that engages audiences and supports the newsroom’s mission. Senior journalists will be among the most sophisticated and experienced journalists in the newsroom, bringing particular expertise and knowledge to their coverage areas and able to create the most compelling content the newsroom has to offer. Senior journalists develop, report, analyze and create original news and feature stories in text and other forms, including, when appropriate, video, audio, podcasts, Facebook Live events, simple graphics, etc. They have exceptional writing and reporting skills. They are fluent in assessing audience through basic metrics and publishing on other platforms such as social media. They are prepared to promote themselves, their work, tronc and The Hartford Courant through social channels, in broadcast media and at live events.
Senior journalists must be self-directed and consistently deliver superior work with little direct supervision. They often work long and irregular days and hours, sometimes on projects with demanding deadlines, and travel when necessary. Senior journalists must possess initiative; creativity; good news judgment; attention to detail; self-direction; the ability to multitask and meet deadlines; the ability and desire to work with a team; a strong command of the English language and a commitment to accuracy. They should have a sophisticated understanding of digital trends, social media and audience metrics.
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