REPORTS TO: Managing Editor
DEPARTMENT::National Catholic Register
GENERAL SUMMARY: The Assistant News Editor is responsible for monitoring the news and generating story ideas, taking stories pitched by editors and writers, and once approved, assigning the stories to staff writers or freelancers as appropriate. Tracks the assignment to completion and serves as the editor responsible for getting the story to print/online in a timely manner.
Monitors national, international and Vatican news, receives story pitches, press releases and statements, and generates story ideas.
Collaborates with the editorial team to research and plan new articles.
Assigns articles to writers in consultation with the editorial team.
Coordinates with writers to successfully provide scope of articles, identify possible sources, establish word count and deadlines using the assignment sheet.
Tracks assignments from assignment date through to publication date, using proper workflow applications.
Acts as the primary news editor for stories he/she assigns and as secondary editor for other articles as requested.
Performs fact checks and implements Register, AP and CNS editorial style to articles.
Meets assigned deadlines and keeps within given budget.
Participates in daily and weekly editorial conference calls, providing insights into potential news coverage, story angles, and updating editors on assignments.
Assists in posting news stories to the web and social media, as assigned.
Synthesizes news articles from multiple pieces, or rewrites stories as directed.
Proofreads and checks articles for accuracy.
Performs other duties, as assigned.
Minimum 5-7 years of experience in editorial field.
Extensive knowledge of and faithful practice of Roman Catholic faith.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment by prioritizing deadlines and meeting the demands so written copy is always accurate and original.
Strong critical thinking, editing, writing and proofreading skills.
Experience with MS Office, InDesign, Content Management Systems or other publishing tools.
Familiarity with search engine optimization, Google analytics and social media platforms.
Demonstrated ability to be a team leader, build relationships and communicate effectively with internal staff, writers/bloggers so as to achieve the team goals, namely timely and accurate content.
Excellence in English grammar.
Strong collaboration skills and ability to meet and hold others accountable for deadlines.
Ability to find quick solutions to problems.
Flexibility on hours as necessary to meet deadlines.
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, or a related field of study
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