Assistant Editor

Website The Independent

About us. The Independent is delivered weekly to Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and Sunol in the San Francisco Bay Area’s East Bay. In addition to the newspaper and its web page, eight magazines are published throughout the year. To learn more, go to independentnews.com

Primary responsibilities. Full time position. The Assistant Editor helps the Editor oversee the team of freelance reporters developing stories and features emphasizing local news of county, city, college, school, park, national laboratories and business for the entire Tri-Valley.

The Assistant Editor covers some challenging beats personally. S/he has editing responsibilities and is also responsible for managing the editorial calendar, working with the photographer, managing deadlines, making headline and layout decisions for the newspaper, web page and magazines. Critical thinking is a must.

The creative ability to shape/rewrite copy into a cohesive, compelling and original narrative is important. We will weigh heavily strengths in this area, as well as a passion to protect the values reflected in the 56-year history of The Independent. A willingness to be located in the area we serve for familiarity with its issues is necessary.

The Independent’s values. Since its founding in 1963, it has supported the environmental, cultural and social needs of the communities it serves. The Publisher takes an active role in maintaining these values by working with the editorial department.

The Independent has fought for urban growth boundaries to protect the vineyards, ranchlands and scenic hills surrounding the Tri-Valley, even when it has cost the paper advertising. It has also backed many other environmental issues.

The scientists at the two national Livermore laboratories provide an intellectual ferment typical of university towns. The Independent responds to their cultural interests by covering lectures, the operatic and symphonic performances of local companies, art shows, local science news and more.

Finally, The Independent has embraced the needs of the disadvantaged and those that experience discrimination. Although more needs to be done, its caring has made a difference.

Information request. Please send us your resume with your education and employment history, a list of your professional writing engagements, examples of your writing and any other relevant material. Before Aug. 8, please send to both of the following: joan.seppala@gmail.com and richardgyates@gmail.com.

The Independent is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this job email your details to joan.seppala@gmail.com