Harpswell News is a non-partisan, non-profit news and information source committed to building community and enhancing the lives of local residents, businesses and organizations by providing trusted local information and covering topics of interest to Harpswell, Maine.
The organization is looking for a talented, hard-working, and innovative full-time Editor to oversee its editorial product—a monthly print community newspaper (the Harpswell Anchor); a website (with regularly updated on-line content); and any social media sites connected to it.
The Editor will be responsible for the daily operation of the Anchor’s virtual newsroom, which includes planning, researching and writing community news and feature stories, supervising contributors, and helping build an engaged digital audience. The Editor will oversee independent and enterprise journalism for its monthly print edition and website. The Editor will be in charge of overall story quality and presentation through a meticulous attention to detail and a collaborative and determined working relationship with freelance contributors, board members and members of the public.
The Editor should strive for fairness, depth and balance and guard against bias – conscious or unconscious, real or perceived – in all facets of news coverage. This effort for diverse and honest coverage is at the core of the Harpswell News commitment. The Editor has the exciting opportunity to build a new newsroom, help it thrive and grow with it, as full-time reporters may be added. This position reports to the Board of Directors of Harpswell News.
The Harpswell Anchor and its website serve a beautiful coastal community of roughly 5,000 with a working waterfront and plenty of seasonal visitors with second homes. Located 45 minutes north of Portland, near Brunswick (Bowdoin College), Bath and Boothbay. Great year-round outdoor sports. And lobster!
• Knows that good writing starts with good reporting, and that editing begins before any words hit the page. Recognizes the value of context. Believes that style standards matter, and so does voice, both organizationally and individually.
• Is innovative and has an interest in presenting news and information through different types of media, including audio, video and data visualization.
• Is a believer in sound processes that produce sound results. Works well with others and brings a positive attitude and strong work ethic. Understands that teamwork can overcome the stress and strain of facing tough deadlines.
• Understands and accepts best practices in nonpartisan reporting as stated by the Institute for Nonprofit News (inn.org) Duties & Responsibilities
• Oversees the day-to-day editorial operation of the Harpswell Anchor, initially with freelancers
• Researches, writes and edits community news, investigative and enterprise stories
• Works closely with freelance reporters and photographers on post-assignment story development to ensure our editorial process
• Produces high-quality stories and impactful local journalism projects.
• Leads the editorial production process to ensure we publish a clean, informative and highly professional monthly news product
• Produces, edits, oversees and updates the Harpswell Anchor website
• Develops and maintains a regular story budget, including setting and enforcing deadlines
• Introduces and manages Anchor social media channels, with a focus on increasing the pace of audience growth through more frequent and more sophisticated digital efforts
• With the Board of Directors, develops and maintains a network of freelance contributors and a recruiting pipeline of future contributors/staffers
• Works closely with the Board to track, report on and respond to assorted performance metrics
• Coordinates with the organization’s Director of Development & Operations
• Manages the Administrative Assistant and shares oversight with the Director of Development & Operations
• Adheres strictly to and enforces any guidelines and ethics policies required under this nonprofit business structure
• Daily editing and reporting experience in a multimedia news environment at a college or daily, weekly or community news organization
• Writing and editing skills to translate complex materials into readable, engaging stories
• Proven track record of teamwork
• Experience managing copy and other workflows
• Ability to work autonomously while sharing pertinent information up, down, and across
• Excellent news judgment
• Strong knowledge of AP Style copy editing guidelines
• High ethical standards
• Proven editorial independence (the organization is not a platform for advocacy journalism) and understanding of nonprofit news rules
• Impeccable fact-checking
• Preferred: Experience in a newsroom leadership role.
• Preferred: Experience with audio, video and data visualization
• Preferred: Experience with WordPress and website production
The salary range is between $35,000 and $50,000 per year depending on experience. Benefits include two weeks’ vacation, paid sick days, mileage and a stipend toward health insurance.
Location/Region: Harpswell, ME (04079)