Editor-in-Chief, Berkeleyside

Berkeleyside is hiring an Editor-in-Chief to take our pioneering independent local news site to new heights in its next decade. Our ideal applicant will be passionate about serving the information needs of local communities and excited to build on our dedicated editorial team’s excellent track record. The job is based in Berkeley.

You’ll be joining us at an exciting time in our development. After 10 years building Berkeleyside into a widely recognized, nationally lauded local news site, we are launching an ambitious, nonprofit, mission-driven organization that will embrace Berkeleyside and new city newsrooms. We have core funding from the American Journalism Project and Google News Initiative. Our first new launch will be in Oakland this spring. 

What you’ll do

  • Lead the Berkeleyside newsroom, managing a team of one editor and three reporters, as well as a roster of freelance contributors 
  • Define and implement Berkeleyside’s editorial mission, editorial policies, reporting beats and benchmarks, including equity and inclusion
  • Work closely with reporters on both story development and line editing 
  • Manage the daily news budget and workflows for staff and freelancers 
  • Ask the big questions that drive our daily reporting: What are the most important issues of the moment? How should we cover them? What questions do we have, and who do we need to hear from?
  • Assign stories and manage the editorial calendar
  • Edit across a variety of formats, from daily news stories and newsletters to longform features 
  • Manage the Berkeleyside editorial financial budget
  • Mentor core staff  and help them both develop and reach their professional goals 
  • Coordinate with the parent organization’s community engagement and audience growth editor to elevate our work and expand our reach
  • Coordinate with the parent organization’s head of product to provide an optimal user experience, and to establish and meet  journalistic, audience and business goals
  • Be involved with programming, and appear at live events put on by Berkeleyside
  • Represent Berkeleyside at public events, such as conferences and promote Berkeleyside coverage and its brand on public platforms
  • Collaborate with the Editor-in-Chief of our Oakland newsroom on editorial partnerships, regional stories, etc.
  • Report to the organization’s Editorial Director

  What you’ll need to succeed

  • Masterful local news judgment and razor-sharp editorial instincts
  • First-rate story editing and copyediting skills
  • Experience managing teams and projects in a digital newsroom
  • Cultural competence: the awareness and knowledge to ensure that our reporting agenda reflects the diversity of Berkeley, and the communication skills to coach and collaborate across lines of difference
  • A deep love of process and a desire to refine our processes frequently to better serve our staff and community
  • A sense of possibility around notions of what journalism can look like, who it serves and who can contribute
  • Feel just as comfortable editing a breaking news story on deadline as overseeing and conceptualizing longer-term projects and deep-dives
  • The ability to both respect Berkeleyside’s strong legacy while helping the organization grow
  • A collaborative spirit and a cool head

We’re especially interested in candidates who

  • Have worked extensively in local journalism; familiarity with the Bay Area, and in particular Berkeley, is a plus  
  • Are personally grounded in underserved communities represented in Berkeley
  • Have demonstrated experience in community engagement or audience growth
  • Have language skills 

How we’ll support you

  • Top-notch editing, in-house mentorship and a transparent internal review and feedback process
  • $1,000 in support for conferences and training 
  • Training in public speaking and live moderation

The salary for this position is $95,000-$115,000, depending on experience. We offer a health plan, four weeks of paid leave and a 401(k) match.

We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom that represents the people and communities we serve. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this position, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

Note: The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. PST, Monday, March 3.

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