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The Seattle Times Law and Justice Editor in Seattle, Washington

The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the nation’s premier regional news sources, is hiring an Assistant Metro Editor to lead our Law & Justice team. As a member of our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom, you will lead our coverage of criminal justice issues and institutions, including the Seattle Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies, as well as state and federal courts in a region growing in population and complexity.

 

You will edit a team of reporters, some with extensive experience in watchdog reporting, who offer a clear-eyed and compassionate report that helps readers understand the region’s criminal justice trends and institutions. The team seeks to hold power to account, push for transparency and elevate the voices of change agents and those most affected by crime. Ideally, you are a skillful editor and writing coach with experience reporting and/or editing stories about the criminal legal system.

 

The Law and Justice editor will:

  • Demonstrate strong news judgment, including an ability to decide quickly and confidently on a story’s potential.  

  • Post breaking news stories rapidly followed by updates that add more detail and context.

  • Analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness and fairness.

  • Maintain continuous communication with fellow editors and reporters and other departments including photo, graphics and the digital audience team

  • Be willing to work non-standard schedules when news coverage or staffing needs demand it.

  • Be inclusive in coverage, making sure stories include a range of sources and that they fairly represent the rich cultural diversity of our region.  

  • Use digital tools to monitor audience interest in stories and regularly offer headline tests to boost readership.   

     

    Qualifications

    We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom, and we encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.  If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your cover letter.

  • Experience: At least five years’ experience at a metro daily or other news organization, including supervisory experience.

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience in watchdog and accountability journalism. Be able to file public-record requests and search databases.

  • Must have the ability to find holes in a story, ask the right questions under deadline pressure, and understand story organization and how to achieve it.

  • Collaborative spirit; diplomacy when communicating up, down and across teams.

  • Must understand and uphold the standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times.

  • Knowledge of local news and local newsmakers is a plus.     

     

    Compensation: The full salary range for this position is $70,500 to $96,900.

     

    Benefits:

  • Medical, dental insurance and long-term disability insurance

  • Employee assistance program

  • Optional life and AD&D insurance and long-term care insurance

  • 401(k) plan with employer match

  • 10 days of annual vacation accrual, increasing with tenure up to 20 days

  • 10 days of annual sick accrual; unused sick pay accrues to an extended illness bank

  • 9 paid holidays

  • Subsidized transit cards

  • Complimentary Seattle Times subscription

  • Wellness program

  • Parental leave options

     

    Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you'll find work that matters.

    If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, please contact Human Resources at careers@seattletimes.com and provide a description of the reasonable accommodation(s) needed.

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