Breaking News Assistant Managing Editor

Hearst Communications, Inc.

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Norwalk, CT

Job Description

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Job Overview:

Breaking News Assistant Managing Editor

Hearst Connecticut Media Group’s journalists cover communities in Fairfield and New Haven Counties and beyond, serving readers across platforms, including our websites – which now includes a statewide website, - an app, newsletters, social media accounts and more for eight daily and 13 weekly newspapers.

We’re looking for an enterprising, audience-focused and collaborative Breaking News Assistant Managing Editor to help lead the breaking news team at a time when we’re growing digital subscriptions.

The editor should be adept at managing a daily flow of stories to inform and engage local readers. They should be able to use audience data to inform news coverage decisions, while evolving content with depth, interactivity and reach through a digital lens.


Duties and responsibilities:

Works collaboratively with editors, other reporters, photographers and audience team members to tell impactful stories quickly and accurately across platforms that engage and retain local subscribers and other readers

Conceptualize and assign stories aimed at growing digital audience, guiding staffers through the reporting process and editing their work with excellent command of grammar, usage and AP style

Competitively breaks news in HCMG’s core coverage areas and beyond, by quickly writing or assigning stories with statewide reach

Communicates quickly and effectively with reporters to break news online and follows up when appropriate with more in-depth enterprise pieces

Demonstrates a high comfort level with analyzing and interpreting metrics and uses them to inform coverage decisions in real-time and the long-term

Develops the talents of staffers, offering constructive criticism of their work. Coordinates with managers in other newsrooms and non-editorial departments on projects



Demonstrated experience managing newsroom personnel and producing high-quality breaking news and enterprise journalism across digital and print platforms

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in journalism, English, communications or related field preferred 

Demonstrated success working in a deadline-driven environment

Highly organized and detail-oriented with a proven ability to effectively juggle multiple tasks

Ability to speak a second language like Spanish a plus

Vaccine Requirement: As part of its continued efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees, Hearst Newspapers requires that all employees who receive a written offer of employment on or after November 11, 2021, be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) against the coronavirus by the first day of employment as a condition of employment, to the extent permitted by applicable law.  Hearst Newspapers will consider requests for reasonable accommodations on an individual basis in accordance with applicable legal requirements


HCMG is committed to growing and retaining a more diverse workforce that better reflects the communities we serve. We strongly encourage all people of working age, who are traditionally underrepresented in media to apply, including women, people of color, applicants with disabilities, those from the LGBTQ+ community and veterans. Here's a look at Hearst CT's 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion report:

Some great candidates may not check all the boxes for this role. If you’re a passionate, dedicated worker who's interested in Hearst Connecticut Media Group but don’t have all the skills listed here, please still reach out and tell us more about what you bring to the table. 

This full-time job with benefits is based in Connecticut and is not eligible for remote candidates.