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Opinion Writer/Assistant Editor

Sacramento Bee
Sacramento, CA Full-time
Posted on January 30, 2019

The Sacramento Bee is seeking a columnist and editorial writer to join its Opinion team. The successful candidate will be a dynamic and creative digital-first journalist who can write, edit and help lead opinion strategy for McClatchy’s five news organizations in California. 

She or he will:

  •      Report and write a regular column focused on local and regional issues of great importance to readers, regularly breaking news and holding officials to account.
  •      Assist with editing and writing Sacramento Bee editorials.
  •      Help ideate, curate and edit Opinion/Editorial submissions.

The successful candidate will be a crafty (and quick) wordsmith with strong opinions, a love for community-based reporting and an eye for unique angles. We’re looking for someone who seeks to both write a must-read column and contribute to the overall excellence of the organization.  She or he will help readers and would-be readers understand the contribution local journalism can make to the health of a community.  

 As we live in an increasingly digital world, the opinion team will engage in respectful community building online with an end goal of growing support for our work, which is a critical measure of success for us. This person will grow readership of our editorials by acting on available post-publication data. Skills and experience with video and/or podcasting are a plus.

The position will report to the California Opinion Editor and be based in Sacramento.

Key requirements

  • At least 3-5 years of reporting experience, preferably on local issues and/or government.
  • Strong editing skills and excellent news judgment.
  • Experience in the science of readership and engagement, and a zeal for understanding and using readership data to inform the editorial process.
  • An interest in telling stories using a variety of media, and an enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy (toward readers and staff) and a superior ear for tone.
  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced, constantly evolving, and more outcome-oriented than task-oriented.