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Publication or Company The Island Packet/The Beaufort Gazette
Job Title Online Editor
Industry Internet/Online/New Media, Mobile, Newspapers, Social Media
Salary Negotiable
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Hilton Head Island, SC
Job Requirements The (Hilton Head) Island Packet and The Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette, McClatchy newspapers serving the South Carolina Lowcountry, seek an online editor to strengthen and broaden the dominant digital role we play in our market.

The online editor must possess the technical expertise to produce high-impact content for various platforms — website, tablet, smartphone. He/she and must also have well-honed instincts that come from a background in reporting and editing news: a sense or urgency, strong writing and editing skills, mature news judgment. Other key attributes for this position are leadership, creativity and the ability to teach.

What the job involves; skills and knowledge required:

• "Owning" the newspapers' websites and associated digital platforms, particularly the home pages: Ensuring a constant stream of updated stories; reacting quickly to breaking news, particularly breaking local news; creating and posting audio/visual content.

• Championing digital-first story-telling:Training newsroom staff to generate a range of online elements that enhance and deepen coverage. Working with reporters to use smartphones for photos, videos and other content.

• Maintaining and enriching our social-media network, and moderating interaction with readers and commenters.

• Creating striking online pages for special events.

• Using SEO and SEM to compose and help others compose headlines, story summaries and keyword lists aimed at maximizing traffic.

• Fluency with online trends and workflows.

• Managing tablet apps of different vendors and operating systems, including iOS, Windows 8 and Android.

• Proficiency in HTML5 and CSS, JavaScript and XHTML, Adobe Illustrator; Photoshop and video- and audio-editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro and Audacity.

• Proficiency with FTP

• Expertise in content management.

• Understanding of tablet-centric story presentation and mobile audience analytics and data.

We prefer at least five years of editing experience in online, print or both.

Please e-mail three items: 1) A one-page cover letter; 2) a one-page resume, and 3) links to representative samples of the digital content you have produced. E-mail these items to fmcaden@islandpacket.com.

The resume should include professional and academic highlights, dates of graduation and job changes/promotions, scholarships and awards, and names and telephone numbers of at least three references — including professional references. Please do not omit the references on your resume. If you don’t want us to contact them until checking with you, make that clear on your resume.

The content of your letter and resume, as samples of your work, will be key in determining whether to proceed with your application.

No telephone calls please.
About Our Company The Packet is owned by The McClatchy Co. The newspaper serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and other communities on Beaufort County’s mainland. The newspaper is a consistent award winner in state and regional newspaper competitions. The Packet's sister paper, The Beaufort Gazette, serves a neighboring city to the north, Beaufort. The papers are located in a robustly growing area with beautiful natural surroundings, a rich history and a diverse culture.

McClatchy is the nation's third largest newspaper group. It has high journalistic standards and embraces an array of new strategies for serving online readers. Other McClatchy papers include The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, The (Fort Worth) Star- Telegram, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer and The (Raleigh) News & Observer.

We offer a competitive pay and benefits package.
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