Public Safety Editor

Lee Enterprises Inc   St Louis, MO   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on June 21, 2024
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is looking for an editor to lead our public safety team, guiding reporters to deliver an ambitious and fast-paced mix of breaking news, big-picture stories and investigative work.

You will oversee coverage primarily focused on crime, police and criminal justice, though you will help with other topics as well. We're looking for speed and urgency - someone who can expertly guide breaking stories throughout the day. But we also want high-impact ideas. We need a leader who can help reporters develop enterprise stories and investigations, and also build plans to cover big stories as they unfold.

We require a wide range of skills for this position. Strong writing and editing skills are a start. We want an editor who can field breaking news - working on super-tight deadlines in a competitive digital news environment - but also spot opportunities for deeper work. The ability to guide and collaborate with reporters, relying on strong interpersonal skills, is critical. A willingness to study digital metrics, and understand how they can elevate news coverage, is a must. The ability to work closely with other editors in a team environment is as well.

The St. Louis area is a diverse community of 2.8 million people. There is no shortage of crime, police and other public safety news. There are also critical stories about our criminal justice system that demand to be told. Our audience expects urgent and revelatory coverage of crime, police and criminal justice. Come help us deliver stories that will inform, enlighten and captivate that audience. This is a chance to build your leadership skills, sharpen your editing and work with a hard-charging team of journalists.

Why Join Us?

Lee Enterprises offers competitive wages in a dynamic, interesting work environment with career growth opportunities. We offer an extensive benefit program that can be personalized to your needs. Our benefit program includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, company provided life insurance and supplemental life insurance. In addition, we offer a 401K retirement plan with company match. We also offer generous paid time off to allow the flexibility to balance personal life and work. This includes paid parental leave for new parents.

Lee Enterprises is a major subscription and advertising platform and a leading provider of local news and information, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 73 markets in 26 states.

Lee Enterprises is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to attracting and retaining a workforce whose diversity reflects the communities we serve. Lee embraces change, and we recognize that we must create and maintain a culture of fervent inclusion. For more information about Lee, check us out at

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply.