Community Engagement Editor

Rochester, MN
Depends on Experience
Oct 16, 2020
Job Type
Full Time
We are adding a Community Engagement Editor to our newsroom team. This role will play a key role in deepening reader engagement in Rochester and surrounding communities, with the ultimate goal of growing digital readership and membership for the Rochester Post Bulletin. The Community Engagement Editor will be a driver of community conversation and opinion exchange on all publishing platforms. This person will write, edit and commission original opinion, commentary and analysis content that appeals to both general readership as well as targeted or niche audiences.

Additional responsibilities include:
  • Build and maintain a team of local contributors, writers and commentators who represent diverse viewpoints, perspectives and political viewpoints.
  • Develop unique ways of presenting that local content and engaging with readers on digital platforms - website, e-paper, social media and newsletters.
  • Build and maintain relationships with local, state and federal elected officials, newsmakers and community leaders.
  • Be a thought leader and an advocate for driving community conversation and connections; interact with the public as appropriate on social platforms and public events.
  • Research and conduct interviews for columns and editorials; attend relevant community meetings; edit and prepare letters to the editor, guest and syndicated columns and editorial cartoons for publication.
  • Coordinate and oversee re-launch of the Post Bulletin's editorial advisory board.
  • Work with local newsroom beat writers, editors and the publisher to get a feel for hot topics or emerging community issues/ trends.
  • Evaluate and implement opportunities for content/ opinion exchanges with local community, political or academic organizations.
  • Play an active role in the company's digital growth strategies, working collaboratively with cross-functional teams to achieve common goals.

To excel in this role, the following requirements are essential:
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, mass communications or related field.
  • Newsroom and editing experience preferred.
  • Five years experience in a newsroom setting or equivalent combination.
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to and juggle many different tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately using a Web-based content management system.
  • Must be creative, hardworking and a self-starter.
  • Knowledge of AP style and Freedom of Information and libel laws.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and a driving record that is insurable by the company.
  • Must carry an acceptable level of vehicle insurance as required by the company.

About the Organization
At Forum Communications Company, our legacy is deeply rooted in harnessing the power of communication to connect and inform people in the communities we serve. Since 1917, everything we do is driven by creating and sharing information, ideas and insights.

Today, we're a leading media and technology company that's home to a family of people whose passion and purpose is fueled by collaboration and innovation We believe in supporting each other, working hard towards common goals and having fun.

Come for the perks:

Excellent employee culture, competitive pay, 401(k), company-paid volunteer time, health and wellness initiatives for all employees. Additional perks for full-time positions include comprehensive benefits package, generous paid time off, paid holidays and paid time off for birthday, company-paid volunteer time, health and wellness initiatives, paid parental and pregnancy disability leave for qualifying employees.

Stay for the people:

Family-owned and operated since 1917, development and growth opportunities, inclusive, creative culture, safe working environment, employees of all ages and backgrounds, positive collaboration.

EOE Statement
We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

This position is currently accepting applications.