Journalism - Executive Search Completed
Search Managing Editor of Newspaper
Based Dallas, TX
Reporting to Editor in Chief, Dallas, TX
A NYSE listed $43 Billion USD asset management company with substantial media holdings
Client Company Situation
The parent company had recently acquired media assets and was seeking guidance by Filcro Media Staffing to install new leadership to optimize return on their investment.
The Filcro Media Staffing Officer in Charge reported to three executives and was tasked with recruiting a Managing Editor and Assistant Managing Editor to be based in Dallas, TX.
Executive Search Member(s) Industry and Sector Inclusion
Media Holding Companies
International Asset Management
The firm requested a CIO search subsequent to the identification of the two editorial executives.
Filcro Media Staffing is Retained
The Client knew of Filcro Media Staffing's reputation for recruiting journalistic leadership and granted the Officer in Charge of Search (OIC) a high degree of autonomy to conduct the search in a manner that would greatly expedite results.
Key to this search was bringing it to fruition in one of the most competitive markets for employees in the past twenty-five years. Filcro Media Staffing compiled a complete national universe of candidates in the first eight days of the search and was conducting interviews and submitting qualified candidates before the end of the third week of the search.
Candidates that were unable to be attracted by the client in the past, were identified, recruited and vetted to go through the client's internal interviewing process by the beginning of the fourth week of the search.
Both the Managing Editor and Assistant Managing Editor searches were completed in approximately seven weeks. The relocation of both executives was expedited and took place from 10 weeks of when Filcro Media Staffing was retained.
The Job Description of The Managing Editor Hired
Texas based newspaper is seeking a honed Managing Editor with high journalistic standards.
This publication is a young rapidly growing newspaper fortunate to have a subscriber base well beyond what was anticipated so soon. They are putting out hard news stories with original interviews daily and covering the November 2022 midterms across two counties and at the same time building the respected culture of a dynamic newsroom with integrity.
We seek to print objective, fact-based news devoid of the institutional limitations and ideological slants of many major publications. We reject over-politicized terminology, we reject anonymous sourcing as the basis for stories, and we tell stories that our competitors often won’t.
We need a Managing Editor who can help current management unite our daily content processes, our technical and digital efforts under his or her confident leadership.
The Managing Editor will take the helm of a publication with over 400,000 daily newsletter subscribers and will be the single person most directly shaping the future of the publication and its culture. You’ll be responsible for ensuring the quality of our content, the technical success of the operation, and the growth of our respected publication.
Job Responsibilities and Duties
Lead the newsroom: manage a diverse team of reporters, writers, editors, digital publishers, business analysts, and technical talent.
Run the workflow: assign stories, ideate on story ideas, and monitor the progress of those stories as they develop. Set the tone for the day in a Daily Writer’s/Editorial Meeting (or appropriate venue of your choice).
Coach our reporters: help them improve as investigative reporters, as interviewers, and as writers.
Communicate clearly “constructive and necessary” feedback for editors and writers to help them grow as journalists.
Be responsible for ensuring the accuracy and quality of articles and a substantial quantity of written material. Demonstrate meticulous attention to detail and guard our journalistic ethics zealously.
Shepherd the team towards a greater understanding of our editorial themes and goals – work to instill and enforce through daily, engaged dialogue.
Manage to our qualitative and quantitative content goals
Work with the revenue team to identify appropriate mechanisms for monetization and associated infrastructure.
Interact daily with our technical team and provide project oversight and decisions where necessary as they progress towards our technical development milestones. You will have full-time staff working the technical side who report to you.
Represent the organization: create the concepts for and serve as the public face of the organization for any podcasts, local TV interviews, and other media or public appearances. Tell our story well.
Extensive experience working in a newspaper, news publication, or other written word medium.
Multiple years of experience managing and mentoring a team of journalists.
An absolute enthusiasm for reading and editing a variety of news stories. Our copy editors will do the brunt of this work, but you’ll provide contextual and other editorial support.
A compelling command of the English language and the ability to find errors, fix grammar and proofread with ease quickly, and effectively.
Ability to multitask, and handle multiple projects and stories simultaneously, professionally, and with maturity.
The willingness, commitment, and stamina to work whenever and wherever there is a need to get stories ready for publishing.
The ability to work and manage effectively within time constraints and deadlines.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Outgoing, personable, and enjoy meeting new people to enhance the Paper and its relationships with the community.
Located in or willing to move to the Dallas Metro area.
Willing to passionately work to further our goals of high journalistic standards.
The Managing Editor Hired
The new managing editor recruited by Filcro Media Staffing was aware of the publication and was ideal for the role. As a matter of fact, the executive had been offered a role with the organization in the past but the circumstances were not ideal for everyone. Filcro Media Staffing made every effort and was successful in assuring that the offer made would be successful this time.
The executive hired had worked on the newspaper and television news sides of the industry and was perfectly suited to meet the demands of multi-platform dissemination.
With twenty years of journalism experience, this executive was well-suited to lead the newspaper's editorial staff and build a solid team of investigative reporters and editors in a productive, rewarding and positive work environment.
His history of leading a 10 or 25-reporter newsroom at various news organizations were all noted with positive accolades from those who reported to him, were his peers or senior management. He built and maintained positive productive work cultures where professional reporters and editors expressed longevity. To those he mentored and helped build their careers, they all went on to grow through his tutelage.
As an award-winning journalist with a reputation for leading by example in both TV and Print News, people wanted to work for him and this was critical to the success of the environment we were recruiting for, for this search.
The executive relocated within two weeks of the formal offer and transitioned successfully.
Tony Filson was the OIC on this search, as well as the Assistant Managing Editor search, of which both were brought to fruition successfully and the cadence desired.
The completed executive searches on this page are indexed in the Filcro Media Staffing Case History Guide as: A Newspaper Executive Search for a Managing Editor from the original job description. The Assistant Managing editor role was not listed separately to avoid redundancy. -
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