Features Editor

Santa Rosa, California
Depends on experience
Sep 20, 2019
Editor / Editorial
Metro Area
San Francisco
Full Time

The Press Democrat, winner of the California News Publishers Association’s top award for General Excellence for the last two consecutive years, is seeking a Features Editor.

This position plays a central role in our newsroom leadership team, directing coverage of food, wine, entertainment, the outdoors, home living, gardening and pop culture. It is responsible for managing a team of four beat reporters and a network of freelancers to produce four standalone features sections each week, from conception to publication: Feast, Go, Home and Life. In addition, this editor plans and executes 10 special themed sections each year.

The successful candidate will be supremely organized, able to plan coverage a month in advance and deliver it on time. It requires someone who is equally adept at developing story ideas, elevating copy, recruiting freelancers, managing a budget, collaborating with colleagues and coaching reporters to do their best work. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

We are a healthy, locally-owned newspaper that believes quality journalism is the foundation of our future. We offer a chance to live in one of the best places in California while growing your career at our award-winning family of publications, with opportunities to contribute to our daily newspaper, website and regional magazine. All have been recognized as among the best in their respective categories, one of the reasons our news products enjoy some of the highest readership rates in California. 

This position is based in Santa Rosa, an hour north of San Francisco, where vineyards give way to redwood forests and a scenic coast. The region, home to 650,000 people, is an international destination for tourists and produces some of the best food, wine and beer on the planet. Two colleges, along with thriving tech, farm, government and outdoor recreation sectors make this region of diverse communities an exciting and dynamic place to be a journalist. 

The Press Democrat offers a competitive compensation plan, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits, accident insurance and paid time off. We are committed to a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. Any job offer is conditional upon completion of a background investigation and pre-employment drug testing.

To be considered, email your resume to hr@pressdemocrat.com with the title "Features Editor" in the subject line. Please include a cover letter describing how you would elevate our coverage and up to six samples of superior work that you have created or directly enhanced.

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