The Chicago Tribune seeks to hire an editorial page editor to lead the Tribune Editorial Board and direct the production and distribution of opinion content.
The Tribune editorial page has four essential roles: to serve as a check on the power of government, to set an agenda for the betterment of Chicagoland and the nation, to make persuasive arguments for the enactment of that agenda, and to inform and guide its readers so they can make better decisions as citizens of this community.
The editorial page of the Tribune believes in the principles of limited government; maximum individual responsibility; minimum restriction of personal liberty, opportunity and enterprise. It believes in free markets, free will and freedom of expression. These principles are guidelines. The specifics of each topic dictate where the newspaper will stand.
The editorial page draws on a legacy forged by a campaign to elect Abraham Lincoln president. It brings a Midwestern sensibility to public debate. It is suspicious of untested ideas. This has been a basic tenet of the Tribune throughout its history. It believes that change must be made in the light of tradition and the lessons of history, not the fluctuating sensibilities of the moment.
With these principles in mind, the editorial page editor leads the members of the Tribune Editorial Board in discussing and determining the priorities and agenda for the board. The editorial page editor provides a vibrant platform for our community to engage in public debate with diverse ideas and perspectives.
The successful candidate for editorial page editor will be a seasoned journalist, a strong leader, someone who is comfortable with public speaking and constant community interaction.
The editor will set the strategic agenda for digital innovation in opinion, including nurturing a robust audience development program. The editor will use metrics/analytics to drive strategy, direct coverage and make staffing decisions. The editor will manage staff, budgets, and strategic direction. The editor will recruit and develop diverse talent.
The editor must have an intensely competitive spirit, the ability to think and act strategically, superior news judgment, business acumen, creativity, public and personal communication skills, attention to detail, a commitment to accuracy, the ability to perform well under constant deadlines without supervision, a strong command of the English language, and editing skills that conform to accepted journalistic principles.
Supervisory duties and work relationships:
Reports to the publisher and editor-in-chief. Supervises editorial board members and other staff members who contribute to the production of opinion content.
Interacts daily with supervisor, with newsroom and opinion staff and, occasionally, with other departments in the company, including central and market teams.