Senior Content Editor - Sports

Job Locations US-CT-Hartford
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/10/2020 8:55 AM)
Requisition ID
Editorial - Editors
Position Type


If you have a passion for sports and journalism, the Hartford Courant is looking for a top-notch Sports Editor who can lead our award-winning coverage of UConn basketball, the WNBA, high school sports and every facet of the Connecticut sporting scene. This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic leader to build on the already- successful sports franchise at The Hartford Courant, a Pulitzer-prize winning publication with a proven track record of high impact journalism. Understanding the demands and habits of digital and social audiences and a willingness to explore innovative strategies is critical to success in this position. The successful candidate will lead a dedicated team while also working to elevate the profile of sports coverage across the state.


Senior content editors assign, edit and enhance audience-focused content for multimedia presentation (internet, print, mobile). This includes working directly with journalists, free-lancers, visual journalists and database journalists on content development and execution; editing text and writing compelling headlines, teasers and story summaries; tagging content with appropriate keywords; editing photos and videos, and helping to keep the digital channels updated timely.  Maintain a real-time mindset, attacking the news throughout the day, developing a continuous stream of fresh angles and new ideas.

The Hartford Courant is committed to hiring people with diverse backgrounds, voices and visions. Be yourself. Bring yourself. We hold ourselves accountable for fostering inclusion and opportunity across race, gender, age, creed, identity and experience. Join us.


  • Being fast and accurate: Always striving to provide our audience with what we know, when we know it. Be transparent about sources of information.
  • Supervising and working with journalists/visual journalists and others on content development, ensuring the content is fair, balanced and compelling, and presented in the optimum format for a digital audience.
  • Managing and related digital products: Harness audience data to program, search for and request content, including photo and video that is of interest to the local audience and maximizes engagement.
  • Editing articles and graphics for grammar, punctuation, clarity and accuracy; proofreading others’ work; and writing headlines, captions and blurbs.
  • Employing creativity to present all information in easy-to-read, visually appealing, informative and energetic design.
  • Making smart, data-driven decisions on story promotion, inclusion and emphasis across all platforms, from sites to apps to email newsletters to social to alerts.
  • Conceiving, creating, editing or producing various types of content including videos, maps, timelines, multimedia, documents, graphics, galleries, gifs and social aggregations.


Basic skills:

  • An imagination and ability to find new ways to tell stories online.
  • A team-first work ethic and an ability to foster excellent communication throughout.
  • The energy and entrepreneurial spirit to raise the competitive metabolism of the entire newsroom.
  • Deep familiarity with online metrics and audience tracking systems.
  • Exceptional news judgment and proven ability at carving out distinctive angles on major news events.
  • Ability to articulate the importance and benefits of culture change and advocate for it across the newsroom.
  • Knowledge of media industry economics and challenges facing legacy media companies.
  • Flexibility to work with text, photos and graphics to creating engaging interactive.
  • Solid grasp of the rules of grammar, spelling, punctuation. Ability to write and edit accurately, with clarity, without bias.
  • Familiarity with analytics and ability to translate data into tactics and strategies, including ability to use metrics from Chartbeat, Adobe Analytics, social and other tools.
  • Strong working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms and ability to develop/follow best practices for social.
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices and ability to research SEO and appropriately populate fields and headlines.
  • An ability to multitask in a deadline-driven environment, and adapt constructively to change.

Work relationships:

Interacts daily with journalists, video journalists, other editors, and occasionally central and market teams. Managing own time and directing his or herself with minimal to moderate supervision most of the day. Brief interactions throughout the day to discuss play, coverage and assignments.


Supervisory Duties:  

Directly supervise up to 12 others.


  • A minimum of 5 years reporting or editing experience at a news publication or web site, including experience in an online newsroom
  • Knowledge of and acceptance of Tribune Publishing’s and the Hartford Courant’s mission and strategy
  • excellent command of oral and written English.
  • Must be able and willing to work irregular hours as necessary. 
  • Proficient use of technology such as computers and software, iPhones, iPads, and other digital devices.                  

About Us

In print and online, the Hartford Courant reaches more than 720,000 readers each week in the Hartford area, making us the region’s most widely read source of news and information. As we continue building our exciting digital future, it’s our mission to serve our community by delivering the truth every day, engaging our readers and driving results for our advertisers. 


Tribune Publishing Company (TPCO) is a media company rooted in award-winning journalism. Headquartered in Chicago, Tribune Publishing Company operates local media businesses in eight markets with titles including the
Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, The Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, Virginia’s Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot, The Morning Call of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and the Hartford Courant.


Tribune Publishing Company also operates Tribune Content Agency (TCA) and the Daily Meal and is majority owner of BestReviews.Our brands are committed to informing, inspiring and engaging local communities. We create and distribute content across our media portfolio, offering integrated marketing, media, and business services to consumers and advertisers, including digital solutions and advertising opportunities.


The Hartford Courant is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.


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