Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0013
Title Desk Editor
Job Type Full Time Regular
Union Guild
Location Denny
City Seattle
State WA
Work Schedule Monday thru Friday, 9am-6pm, some flex required

At The Seattle Times, you'll find work that matters.

We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a difference to our community. As a news media company, we cut through the clutter and provide readers with news and information that is timely, relevant and easy to access in every way they consume it. Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times remains a family-owned business deeply rooted in the community and is committed to principled, investigative news coverage.

We are excited to announce an immediate opening for a Desk Editor to oversee our publication of Travel, Outdoors, Wellness and other Features coverage as assigned on all platforms, print and digital. This role covers a broad range of work includes desk editing, digital producing, tracking and editing freelance assignments, managing print production and coordinating Travel and Outdoors coverage plans with staff writers and the Advertising department.


Major Functions

  • Oversees planning and production of the weekly NWTraveler section and Health & Fitness page, plus other print pages and sections as assigned.
  • Posts stories, including wire stories, to appropriate sections of and manages the curation of the Travel site and Wellness channels online.
  • Manages social-media promotion of assigned topics, and interaction with readers via social channels.
  • Tracks Travel & Outdoors budget, and coordinates Travel & Outdoors content calendar with the Advertising Department, and updates Features Editor on both.
  • Uses analytics to inform coverage of assigned topics, extend reach and build audiences.
  • Takes part in department-wide planning and brainstorming, to coordinate in areas where coverage overlaps and contribute ideas to the group at large.
  • Edits across all platforms, including print, digital and mobile channels of The Seattle Times, social media and other platforms that may emerge in the future.
  • Edits copy for factual, grammatical, usage, spelling, punctuation and Associated Press and Seattle Times style errors. Checks hyperlinks for accuracy and adds appropriate links to internal and external sources, if needed.
  • Adds accurate, effective taxonomy tags and other metadata to stories, photos and other content.
  • Demonstrates strong news judgment in making print and digital story selections or trims and in reviewing play of stories, photos, videos and other content for digital readers.
  • Understands how the newsroom operates and works collaboratively and effectively within its teams and organizations. Keeps supervisors and team members apprised of schedules, work in progress, problems and changes. Maintains good staff communication and relationships. Shares knowledge and ideas with other staffers.
  • Three or more years' desk editing at a newspaper or digital news outlet preferred.
  • Education: College graduate with a degree in journalism or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent grammar and language skills.
  • Strong computer and technical skills, including use of social media and analytics, mastery of publishing software and early adoption of new technologies.
  • Time management: Must organize time well and work on more than one task at a time when necessary. Must be able to meet daily and changing deadlines and balance workloads.
  • Strong news judgment; high ethical standards.
  • Understanding of Search Engine Optimization techniques and tools to maximize audiences.
  • Ability to represent The Seattle Times professionally, both internally and externally.
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