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Part time Opinion (Editorial) Assistant

Sacramento Bee
Sacramento, CA Part-time
Posted on March 22, 2019

The Sacramento Bee/McClatchy California is seeking a part-time editorial assistant to support its five sister publications in California.

The person will select and prepare opinion content, including op-eds and columns, for publication. The successful candidate will be will be expected to include a wide range of diverse political views with the aim of engaging readers and leading a civil community conversation about local public policy issues. He or she will also edit staff-produced editorials for publication across the state.

A digital metabolism is required for this position. This person will grow readership of our editorials, submitted pieces and optimize stories with additional components, including video. We will be successful if we are at the center of our communities, leading a relevant discussion and debate of local issues that affect our readers.

From a statewide standpoint, this person will share regular updates/story budget with Opinion Editors in Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Modesto and Merced.

The editorial assistant reports to the California Opinion Editor and will be based in Sacramento.


  • Skill and versatility as an editor and a writer, including the ability to shape opinion pieces in a way that best serves and engages the broadest possible audience.
  • An understanding of audience engagement.
  • Excellent news judgment, and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers and to anticipate reader interests before they exist.
  • Excellent journalism ethics and an understanding of our sourcing and attribution guidelines.
  • An interest in and aptitude for storytelling using a broad range of media, including the written word, video, photography, podcasts and other audio, and whatever comes next.
  • The ability to solve problems, innovate and adapt in service of the primary goal, which is to produce journalism that reaches and influences an audience of significant size.