JOBS


Managing Editor, daily digital/print weekly newspaper, Bellingham, Wash.


Cascadia Daily News, a growing, privately owned news organization in a competitive media market in one of America’s great places to live, is on the hunt for a Managing Editor to serve as a key cog in an innovative, year-old news operation.

CDN’s team of 10 full-time journalists, several interns and small crew of contributors works in a rare, competitive news environment in Bellingham, a growing city of 90,000 and one of the northernmost cities in the contiguous United States. Our hometown is known for its stunning natural setting on the Salish Sea, near Mount Baker; a strong university vibe; a regional mountain biking obsession and a thriving urban microbrewery culture.

We are a digital/print hybrid competing against a hedge fund daily in the vibrant news region between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. We strive for an approach that is the opposite of the familiar chain/cookie cutter approach to enterprising, almost exclusively local journalism.

We’re looking for an M.E. who’s a smart, still-enthused team player/manager with 5 years or more daily experience managing journalists — someone perhaps seeking a step up, step down or fresh start in a newsroom creating high-impact local journalism with a distinct absence of internal bureaucracy.

CDN’s managing editor, working in close concert with a hands-on executive editor and small staff of frontline editors, reporters and visual journalists, will be the newsroom quarterback with traditional metro desk-style supervisory duties.

As a team with a mix of young and experienced journalists, we work hard, have fun, and relish the opportunity to continually refine a publication we launched from scratch in January 2022 and continue to recreate on the fly. If you feel like you’d fit into this unique environment, give us a shout. We hope to fill this job quickly.

Details:
      
  • Location: This position is full-time in the newsroom, located in a historic building in downtown Bellingham, Washington. Remote work is not an option.
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  • Hours: Full time, primarily Monday through Friday.
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  • Reports to: Executive Editor.
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  • Supervises: Reporters, desk editors, visual journalists, interns and stringers.
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  • Compensation: Salary range is $75K-$85K, depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid time off and a 401k savings plan.
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  • Start date: Open until filled.

Core responsibilities:
      
  • Manage daily operation of a newsroom working in a competitive news market. Responsible for scheduling, assignments, editing, story budgeting, meetings, photo assignments, directing social media flow, first reads on some stories, etc.
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  • The M.E., in consultation with the executive editor, will craft and supervise daily and enterprise coverage that includes local government, schools and businesses; higher education; a port district, including boating, maritime and fisheries industries; a busy international border; a thriving agricultural community; and three tribal nations, all in an environmentally delicate region that includes Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. We also aggressively cover the local arts and entertainment world and prep and college sports.

Required skills and qualifications:
      
  • Five years of experience in daily newsroom management.
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  • Prior reporting/writing experience at a daily news publication.
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  • Demonstrated ability to manage, assign, edit and collaborate across the newsroom to cover both breaking news and enterprise projects.
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  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field.
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  • Constantly-in-touch communication skills (Slack, especially) and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse workforce.
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  • Ability to pitch in and cover breaking news when warranted.
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  • Impeccable copy-editing skills.
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  • Working knowledge of common news-industry content management systems.
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  • Experience with multiplatform newsgathering tools and resources.
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  • Openness to helping journalists tell stories in nontraditional formats.
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  • Ability to turn raw analytical readership data into intelligent focus of newsroom resources. (SEO knowledge a plus, but clickbait artistes need not apply.)
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  • Familiarity with current style rules and the publication’s ethics policy.
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  • Ability to manage up or down to individual employees’ styles and temperaments.

Beneficial skills and qualifications:
      
  • Design/layout experience for web, digital apps, print newspapers.
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  • Social media posting competency, both for breaking news and scheduled news blasts via email and other platforms.
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  • Current familiarity with federal and Washington state open records and meetings laws.
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  • A desire – a full step up from willingness – to mentor young journalists.
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  • Cohabitating senses of adventure and humor.

Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to Executive Editor Ron Judd, ronjudd@cascadiadaily.com.



News interns (winter quarter)


Paid quarterly news interns get a rare chance to help build a news org from the ground up, filling a news vacuum in Whatcom County by covering a broad range of news on deadline.

Internships are open to undergraduates and recent graduates. Candidates must be able to independently produce clean, clear deadline stories consistent with professional standards and AP Style. Strong curiosity and writing/reporting skills are required. Self-starting ability is a must. The ideal candidate will be able to take their own photos and video if needed.

In return for your successful internship with flexible scheduling of roughly 20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks (weekend/holiday scheduling likely), we pay a stipend of $2,000.

For news internships, apply with a one-page letter of interest, one-page resume and work samples to Ron Judd, executive editor, at interns@cascadiadaily.com. Applications due Dec. 10.



Sports intern (winter quarter)


CDN's paid quarterly sports intern will assist with live game coverage, compiling stats, writing profiles and other duties as assigned. The ideal candidate will be able to take their own photos and video if needed.

While the sports internship is a great opportunity any time of year, you’ll get the most out of the internship during the academic year when the most live game coverage and high-profile events take place.

Required skills:
      
  • Applicants must have strong sports knowledge, as well as reporting, writing, and multimedia skills.
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  • Applicants must have a personal vehicle.
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  • Applicants must be willing to work nights and weekends.
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  • Applicants must be able to independently produce clean, clear deadline stories consistent with professional standards and AP Style.

Internships are open to undergraduates and recent graduates. In return for your successful internship with flexible scheduling of roughly 20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks (weekend/holiday scheduling likely), we pay a stipend of $2,000.

For sports internships, apply with a one-page letter of interest, one-page resume and work samples to Ron Judd, executive editor, at interns@cascadiadaily.com. Applications due Dec. 10.



Visual journalism intern (winter quarter)


CDN's paid quarterly visual journalism intern gets a rare chance to work in a vibrant Bellingham, Washington newsroom and help build a news org from the ground up, filling a news vacuum in Whatcom County by producing imagery for a broad range of news coverage, on deadline.

Internships are open to undergraduates and recent graduates. Candidates must be able to independently produce publication-ready, professional quality images with fact-checked captions, and occasionally create and produce video, for publication on cascadiadaily.com and in CDN's weekly print editions.

Candidates should be self-starters who can respond quickly to assignments with little supervision, but also be willing to accept critiques and discuss strategies for improvement with the publication's editors and award-winning staff photographers. Proficiency with expected digital editing tools and common communications platforms is a must. Ownership of your own gear kit is highly beneficial. Experience producing news graphics and other visual elements is a plus.

In return for your successful internship with flexible scheduling of roughly 20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks (weekend/holiday scheduling likely), we pay a stipend of $2,000.

For visual journalism internships, apply with a one-page letter of interest, one-page resume and work samples to Ron Judd, executive editor, at interns@cascadiadaily.com. Applications due Dec. 10.




Letters and guest columnists


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Stringers


Cascadia Daily News seeks freelance reporters to write about business, health, sports and general news, as well as regular contributors to cover news topics in Skagit County and the San Juan Islands. Send resume, work examples and a letter of interest to newstips@cascadiadaily.com with subject line, “Contributor.”