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News Content Coach - Government, Politics & Business

Indianapolis, IN, USA Req #9310
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched local-to-national reach, Gannett touches the lives of more than 110 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Gannett brands include USA TODAY NETWORK with the iconic USA TODAY and more than 100 local media brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, SweetIQ, and United Kingdom media company Newsquest. To connect with us, visit

The Indianapolis Star, part of Gannett Inc. and the USA TODAY NETWORK, has an immediate opening for a Content Coach with expertise in digital and print journalism as well as mobile, social media and video strategy, overseeing a team of 5-6 reporters with a core focus on Government, Politics and Business.
This is an essential editing position, made even more so because Indiana is the home to both Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. This editor will work with reporters responsible for covering state government -- Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana -- as well as Indianapolis municipal government coverage, business coverage and other topical beats, which may include transportation, health care and courts.

This position requires strong watchdog instincts -- a major expectation of this team is to provide high-impact watchdog journalism that holds elected officials and others in power accountable. Equally as important, this editor needs to work with reporters, visual journalists and digital strategists to ensure such work reaches the largest audience possible and effectively engages that audience.
You will be joining a newsroom with a reputation for producing significant award-winning journalism at the local, state and national level.It is also a newsroom that is collaborative and innovative.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of guiding innovative daily and enterprise stories and know how to balance the urgency of breaking news with planning for sophisticated storytelling.


  • Emphasize front-end editing on every story.

  • Make daily content decisions based on news judgment, reporter input and insights from audience metrics.

  • Guide the newsroom in ensuring a steady flow of high-quality content to provide the right elements on the right platforms at the right time.

  • Coordinate and supervise coverage of major breaking news events.

  • Lead team discussions to identify projects that serve readers.

  • Uphold the highest journalism standards across digital and print platforms.

  • Increase journalistic quality and storytelling across all areas of coverage.

  • Oversee the programming, production, packaging and promotion of newsroom content across various digital platforms, with an emphasis on mobile platforms.


·Bachelor's or master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing or related field preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

·Five years of media management experience.

·Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.

·Proven proficiency in applying analytics to content strategy.

·Must embrace peer-to-peer training, as a both a teacher and student.

·Experience with advanced storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.

·Strong line-editing skills.

·Exceptional planning and organizational skills.

·Understanding use of metrics, social-media and SEO knowledge.

·Self-motivation and self-direction.

·Strong grasp of journalism skills (reporting and editing) and advanced knowledge of writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style.

·Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.

·Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the company’s goals.

·News often requires employees to work extended hours, evenings, weekends and holidays, sometimes unexpectedly.
A valid drivers license, reliable transportation with liability insurance may be required for this position.

Application Instructions:

When applying, please include a single document with as much of the following as possible: a brief cover letter, updated resume, and portfolio/clips/links to a few samples of your work. It’s important that these items be assembled into a single document, preferably in PDF format. The application will only allow one document upload. Completing these steps will ensure that you receive the highest consideration.

We offer a competitive base salary and career growth opportunities. We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, employee discount programs and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k) is top-notch and the contributions you make up to the first 5% are eligible for a 100% company match.


Gannett Co., is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Other details

  • Job Family Content Strategy & Coaching
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA