Senior Editor for Inclusive Journalism & Newsroom Development at Advance Local (Portland, OR)

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Job Description

The Oregonian/OregonLive is looking for an editor who can build. Build trust. Build new audiences. Build something meaningful that will effect lasting change for our newsroom and coverage area. We're looking for someone who will hold us accountable as we work to achieve our goals of a more diverse newsroom and produce daily coverage that reflects and reaches all Oregonians.

If you're passionate about fair coverage of marginalized communities, love recruiting and hiring, understands how the media needs to be more inclusive and representative of the communities we cover, know how to build bridges across teams within a newsroom, have sharp editing skills, and are open to shaping how this position makes the biggest impact, we want to hear from you.

We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and we recognize we have work to do. We want someone who can challenge and inspire, help identify what we are doing right and what can be improved, and effect change. We want the person who fills this role to have agency over how that is done, though we definitely have ideas to help guide your work. You will have support and buy-in from other managers, including the Vice President of Content, our top editor. We have a track record of implementing change, open dialogue and holding each other accountable.

Here are a few examples of what we're doing in our newsroom:

  • We have a longstanding Diversity Committee that holds a lot of sway in making decisions about coverage, and style and fairness issues.
  • Our High School Journalism Institute provides no-cost education for students who are from communities that are underrepresented in professional newsrooms.
  • Use of our Inclusive Journalism Checklist is part of the formal goals for every member of the newsroom to help check our implicit bias.
  • We set up a listening booth at an alternative high school to allow students to tell stories in their own voices.

Among other duties, here's what you'll be doing:

  • Help increase the diversity of our candidate pool, and work with newsroom management to support and retain staffers
  • Strategize with newsroom management on how to reach new audiences with content
  • Work with editors and reporters on source and coverage audits and identify DEI opportunities on every beat, and edit stories with a DEI focus

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A track record of reporting on or editing coverage of underrepresented communities
  • At least 5-7 years of experience in a professional newsroom
  • Good communication skills and ability to work with others throughout the newsroom to achieve common goals
  • The ability to identify and reach out to communities who have not historically followed our coverage
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience managing others
  • A willingness to shape the role for maximum impact
  • Experience with newsletters, social media and podcasting is a plus
  • The ability to speak and report in more than one language is a plus

If you don't meet all of these criteria, but are energetic and have great ideas, don't let that stop you from reaching out. We want to hear what you have to say about how this position can have an impact in our newsroom and community. Application deadline is August 22, 2022.

Additional Information

Advance Local Media offers competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package with affordable options for your healthcare including medical, dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, fertility assistance, a substantial 401k plan to help plan for your future, generous paid time off, paid parental and caregiver leave and an employee assistance program to support your work/life balance, optional legal assistance, life insurance options, as well as flexible holidays to honor cultural diversity.

Oregonian Media Group is the most trusted source for news and information in Oregon and Southwest Washington. A digitally focused company, Oregonian Media Group provides content when and where readers want it - online, on smartphones and on tablets - through OREGONLIVE and a range of digital products. As the largest media company in the state, Oregonian Media Group is also advertisers' strongest media partner, with an innovative suite of products to help them connect with their best customers.

Oregonian Media Group is a part of Advance Local Media, one of the largest media groups in the United States, which operates the leading news and information companies in more than 20 cities, reaching 58+ million people monthly with our quality, real-time journalism and community engagement. Our company is built upon the values of Integrity, Customer-first, Inclusiveness, Collaboration and Forward-looking. For more information about Advance Local, please visit

Advance Local Media is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, encouraging applications from people of all backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.
More Information on Advance Local
Advance Local operates in the AdTech industry. The company is located in New York, NY. Advance Local was founded in 1992. It has 372 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Health insurance, 401(K). To see all 8 open jobs at Advance Local, click here.
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