The Aspen Times   Aspen, CO   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on May 2, 2022

If you’re looking for a senior-level, professional job in a ski town, we’ve got the position for you. The Aspen Times is searching for the next editor to lead a newsroom of experienced journalists in Aspen, Colorado.

At The Aspen Times, we cover the incredible mountain communities in Pitkin County and its 18,000 residents as well as the Roaring Fork Valley, and have been doing so since 1881. You’ll lead a 10-person, seasoned newsroom to put out a daily paper, two weekly sections and several seasonal magazines throughout the year.

We work as a team to produce award-winning, impactful journalism, and we seek to hold authority accountable and inform our communities of Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt. On any given day, you’ll be writing and editing stories on topics as diverse as sustainability, local athletes, philanthropic endeavors, education, the police beat, real estate and an entertainment calendar that will make your jaw drop.

The editor will know how to drive online audience growth, and meet the demands of a 24-7 news cycle, while maintaining a first-class print edition. We’re looking for someone who is equally comfortable wielding digital tools to elevate the paper’s journalism and reach and working with a rookie reporter to create an engaging and eye-catching print feature.

In addition to living in a year-round recreation nirvana and little city with international impact, this position offers an opportunity to leave a lasting mark on the community through the journalism the paper produces.

Responsibilities: Manage a staff of full-time journalists and coordinate with freelancers. Guide news coverage, helping reporters hone their beats and pursue journalism that will make a difference in the community. Edit articles for content, grammar, clarity, tone and accuracy. Write paper’s editorials and lead the editorial board discussions. Oversee production of print edition including story placement, choosing local and regional content and setting up the copy desk to make deadlines each night. Oversee website with aim of maximizing online audience. Have knowledge of digital analytics to help drive decision-making for stories and know how to work with reporters on future story development. Serve as the public face of the paper in interactions with residents, from readers to elected officials. Uphold paper’s long history of journalistic integrity.

Salary is $95K - $105K BOE with standard benefits.

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