Managing editor

Job Description
Ready to lead a forward-thinking newsroom with a killer view of
mountains and mesas? Albuquerque Business First, the award-winning
business news leader in Central New Mexico, is looking for a
Managing Editor.

The Managing Editor (M.E.) is the newsroom's chief operating
officer, overseeing and ensuring the smooth and orderly flow of
news and information from conception to publishing on all
platforms. As the newsroom's most hands-on manager and coach of
reporters, the M.E. is charged with bringing ideas, inspiration and
constant guidance to the news team. Reporting directly to the
Editor-In-Chief (EIC), the Managing Editor actively oversees and
directs the deployment of resources across the many publishing
platforms - online, mobile, email, print, social, etc. - hour by
hour, minute by minute.

The M.E. is charged with guiding the constant programming efforts
of the news team, and as such, must possess a solid news sense, an
ability to make snap judgments about the proper treatment of
stories, and a high level of confidence in orchestrating the many
simultaneous actions of the editorial team members.

Organization must be a strength, as the M.E. is responsible for the
efficiency of the news gathering and news production operation. As
with all newsrooms, resources come at a premium, and well-oiled
processes are required for making the most of them. The M.E. must
always be asking how the operation can run more smoothly and
productively. The M.E. also is expected to serve as a change agent
in the newsroom, advocating for the improvements and resources that
take Business First's news coverage to the next level.
• Run the operational side of the newsroom, ensuring story and
project assignments are made, story and production deadlines
adhered to and editorial standards met.
• Develop, oversee, edit and write stories.
• Work directly with reporters and manage them throughout the day
on stories of all types; steer reporters toward beat-driven
exclusive stories and scoops.
• Meet or exceed goals relating to audience-engagement such as page
views, unique users, repeat visits, direct traffic, social media
followings and growth, email newsletter circulation growth, paid
print subscribership and other such measures.
• Orchestrate staff-produced media - images, charts, infographics -
for multiple products across multiple platforms. Specifically, this
requires conceptualizing storytelling strategies with reporters and
making snap decisions on where best to route media.
• Regularly participate in and attend Business First sponsored
• Take on any other assignment made by manager(s).
Exceptional source development and news judgment
Polished business writing
Demonstrated experience breaking news online
Ability to work independently and remotely
Strong analytical and investigative abilities
Demonstrated success using social media as a newsgathering
Ability to shoot photos and video
Comfortable operating in rapidly changing media environment
Strong wordsmith who has demonstrated a talent for reporter and
story development
Serves as inspiring, motivational force in newsroom
Three to five years of management and/or team leadership
Daily, and preferably, weekly print experience, ideally for a
business news operation
Editing experience
Hands-on experience in guiding and contributing to large-scale
editorial projects
Beat reporter experience
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

To apply for this job, please email a resume, cover letter and
three to five clips to Editor-in-Chief Rachel Sams at