Deputy Managing Editor

The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Location
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 09

Position description

The Philadelphia Inquirer is a public benefit corporation owned by the nonprofit Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Together, we’re at the center of a critical mission to create a lasting future for ambitious, engaging, and useful local journalism. We’re doing this, in part, by deepening our connection with the communities we serve. Our integrated digital and print platforms are the Philadelphia region’s largest media network. We’re passionate about building a sustainable model for indispensable local journalism, and we take pride in finding diverse, dynamic, and talented individuals to help push our team forward.

Deputy Managing Editor/News

The journalist in this position manages the essential news portfolio at The Philadelphia Inquirer and thus plays a central and defining role in guiding our talented staff of editors and reporters and in determining the news we deliver every day to our audience. 

The  DME is responsible for supervising and directing three critical areas of news and enterprise: Politics & Governing, Education and  Justice & Injustice. This person will coordinate coverage with senior managers on our breaking news operation, the Now Desk, as well as the I-Team’s quick-turn investigative unit.  On major breaking news, the DME for News supervises  coverage across all desks and works in conjunction with the Editor,  the Managing Editor and other newsroom leaders to deliver a timely and thorough report when it matters most.


 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct daily news coverage and enterprise in key coverage areas to ensure ambitious delivery of news and
    information across The Inquirer’s platforms.

  • Serve as lead coordinating editor on major breaking news, ensuring that the different parts of the newsroom
    are on mission and working in concert to deliver timely and comprehensive coverage.

  • Work with Managing Editor for Content, the Programming & Audience team  and with the Digital Desk to develop a
    coverage strategy that advances The Inquirer’s audience goals.

  • Collaborate closely and collegially with editors on the News Desk on daily and weekly management of the team;
    communicate coverage plans and ambitions with clarity and consistency to editors and reporters.

  • Advance and support Inquirer For All initiatives and enforce new policies and procedures aimed at
    producing an anti-racist newsroom.

  • Adhere to safety protocols for journalists and closely monitor news events to make sure guidelines are followed.

Job Qualifications

  • Experience as a senior editor with direct responsibility for news coverage, developing content strategies and
    guiding reporters and editors in a competitive news environment.

  • A strong background as a reporter, ideally in several areas of coverage.

  • Well-developed management skills, including an ability to guide and inspire journalists;  a collaborative mindset;  
    strategic thinking when it comes to coverage; an aptitude for communicating goals and plans with clarity;
    and a talent for hiring, coaching and career development.

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