Arts & Entertainment Editor

The Aspen Times   Aspen, CO   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on July 20, 2022

Arts & Entertainment Editor  

The Aspen Times has a high bar for arts and entertainment coverage. Yes, the A&E editor attends amazing events on a regular basis. The challenge comes in writing about these happenings with curiosity and respect, while also sharing insights into the people behind the art in a way that resonates with our readers. Whether it’s an Andy Warhol takeover of the Aspen Art Museum or the annual school district art show, Renée Fleming performing at the Aspen Music Festival, Deadmua5 at the Belly Up or local thespians giving their all during a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Wheeler Opera House, art and culture are two of the factors that elevate local life from mountain town to world class hamlet. Music, theater, painting, sculpting, performance art, comedy, literature, poetry, all of these and more will be part of your beat. This position is a dual role responsible for covering the arts and entertainment beat for the daily newspaper and weekend section. This position is also in charge of our magazine and special section publications, with duties including editing copy, providing assignments and guidance to reporters and freelancers, and coordinating layout with designers.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Writing four to eight weekly stories about arts and entertainment for the daily newspaper.
  • Managing the calendar of events for the daily newspaper and magazines.
  • Proofreading, editing and writing headlines.
  • Reviewing stories for clarity, accuracy, readability and content.
  • Editing, requesting revisions and rewriting stories.
  • Checking facts through extensive and meticulous research.
  • Providing feedback to reporters on performance and making suggestions on sources or additional facts needed for stories.
  • Coordinating with the copy desk on layout by providing additional materials such as graphs, charts, photos or videos so the reader can better understand story concepts.
  • Creating content plans for all magazines and distributing assignments to in-house reporters, freelancers and photographers.
  • Maintaining production schedules and updating editor on progress or issues.
  • Participating in content planning to decide on direction, design and future trends of publications.
  • Assisting in the planning of series and feature stories.
  • Posting stories online and to social media.
  • Leading one-on-one and group sessions to coach, guide and direct staff work assignments.
  • Interacting with all editorial, advertising, business office, design and production staff.
  • Participating in community events and company functions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • College degree in journalism, communications, English or related field.
  • Prior magazine or newspaper editing experience.
  • Excellent people and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work on deadline and handle pressure.
  • Outstanding organization and communication skills.

Pay is $72,000-78,000 depending on experience.

Competitive benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance after 60 days of employment, $500 Recreation Bonus after 6 months and 401k Plan after 1 year.