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The New York Amsterdam News

New York, New York (United States)


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Digital Editor (contract position)

Job ID: 58695
Job Views: 3176
Location: New York, New York, United States
Postal Code: 10027
Job Category: Newspapers,Online | New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 75000 per year
Posted: 07.13.2020

Job Description

The New York Amsterdam News is seeking a person to work with our dedicated team to transform our digital presence. This is a one-year contract position reporting to the publisher and is a key position for setting a new course to serve our audience in new and dynamic ways. The position is funded by a specific grant and may be extended beyond the one-year term if additional funding is secured.

Our aim is to greatly improve upon our digital presence to better serve our community with the important news and information they need to navigate their lives. To this end we are seeking someone with a proven track record of envisioning an innovative and responsive digital strategy on multiple platforms that meets the needs of audiences where and how they prefer to consume media and information.

The successful candidate will have a passion for local, community based news as well as a deep knowledge of media production and in the building and maintenance of digital platforms.

This Editor will be responsible for developing a complete digital strategy including a schedule for production, budget and plan for implementation on each platform. This will include overseeing the development of a new website for AmNews that can support multimedia work and serve all the back end needs of publishing and audience analytics; expanding our current social media presence with an emphasis on growing our audience; and creating a robust opportunity for dialogue with our community. 

In addition to being responsible for distribution of and engagement with our journalism on all digital platforms the Digital Editor will also be asked to develop live virtual events that will bring our audience together with our journalists, civic and business leaders and newsmakers.

This is a job for someone who has both a vision and the ability to break new ground on how to reach and engage with a community around the issues that touch their lives but who is also someone who likes to roll up their sleeves and do the creative work of creating smart engaging digital content that inspires an audience to come back again and again.

The New York Amsterdam News remains the voice of one of the largest and most influential Black communities in the country and the world. It was founded in 1909 and has dedicated itself to journalistic excellence and presenting news and information that is invaluable to the Black community. Any candidate for this role should be equally passionate about our work and be able to put that mission at the forefront of the work they do in helping us serve our community in a new era.

Compensation: $75k for a one-year contract position.

Candidates experienced in remote working who live outside the NYC region will be considered if they have knowledge of or connection to the communities we serve. Interested candidates should apply by emailing an up to date resume and one page cover letter to The deadline for submissions is 5pm EDT on July 31st 2020. No phone calls.

The Amsterdam News highly encourages members from historically underrepresented groups in media to apply. The Amsterdam News is an equal opportunity employer. We are a diverse community and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


Job Requirements

Responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee the creation of a new website for the AmNews that will better serve its audience and better service the backend of publishing, including hosting multimedia content, audience data collection and revenue generation.

  • Develop and maintain a budget for web development, negotiate contracts with vendors and project manage all aspects through to launch.

  • Develop and execute a strategy for the AmNews for digital delivery of our news and information via social media and other methods such as Whatsapp and SMS.

  • Ensuring the AmNews’ digital engagement always includes an opportunity for dialogue with our audience to learn more about their needs and insights on stories and topics with our community.

  • Conceive dynamic virtual events that serve the community, draws an audience, and generates income.

  • Execute the full production of online events, including promotion to garner an audience and ensuring a safe environment for all participants in the forums. This includes all technical and logistical set up, booking of guests and same day execution.

  • Create a system to track participation by community members and to add to the AmNews’ audience database for future community engagement efforts.

  • Develop an ongoing system of audience analysis that aids AMNews in better serving its audience.

Demonstrable experience should include much or all of the following:

  • Proven ability to both envision strategy and to execute it. Conduct analysis of results and adjust strategy as needed.

  • Expert knowledge of technique to reach and engage audiences via digital platforms.

  • Examples of project management of the development of websites for a high volume publisher. Including one that serves multimedia content.

  • Examples of audience analysis and strategic planning for audience development on digital platforms.

  • Highly conversant in SEO strategies and engagement techniques to build growth and help retain audience engagement. 

  • Experience with negotiating contracts with vendors.

  • Ability to draft and maintain a budget for a production series while keeping revenue goals in mind.

  • Proven track record of conceiving and fully executing productions through to deliverables and closing of books.

  • Experience with producing dynamic professional virtual events on varying platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, Twitch, TikTok et al. 

  • Ability to train others in publishing tools and techniques as well as in audience engagement best practices.

  • Adept at helping multiple partners articulate and negotiate end goals that are achievable.

  • Experience producing events with news or civic organizations.

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