The Charlotte News, Charlotte, Vermont

The Charlotte News is seeking a new editor to plan, create and publish our every-other-week community newspaper. The deadline for applications is Saturday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. The board plans to interview selected candidates during the week of December 17, and appoint the new editor by Thursday, December 21, though it may expedite the process if a desired candidate is identified earlier. The new editor will commence editing the paper with the Jan. 10, 2018, issue.

Procedures for Filing Application

Candidates interested is applying for the editor position are invited to submit by email attachment a cover letter describing their interest and background, a current resume, and contact details for two references to the editor search facilitator, Rick Detwiler, at rickdetwiler2@gmail.com, no later than Saturday, December 16. Questions about the position or requests for the full position description should be directed to Rick no later than Saturday, December 16.

Our Mission Statement
The Charlotte News is a nonprofit community-based newspaper dedicated to informing townspeople of current events and issues. It serves as a forum for the free exchange of views of town residents and celebrates the people, places and happenings that make the Town of Charlotte unique.

About The Charlotte News

The Charlotte News was founded in 1958 and is Vermont’s oldest nonprofit community newspaper. The paper strives to publish interesting, informative and well-written stories and commentaries and to serve as a forum for the free exchange of views of town residents and community volunteer organizations on matters of local concern. Contributions in the form of articles, press releases and photographs of Charlotte-related people and events are accepted and encouraged. The News is published in Charlotte by The Charlotte News, Inc., a Vermont domestic nonprofit corporation. The News works closely with the Friends of the Charlotte News, a Vermont public benefit nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

Distribution

25 issues per year (every other Wednesday); distributed to all households and businesses in Charlotte and to outlets in Shelburne, Hinesburg, North Ferrisburgh, Ferrisburgh, Vergennes, South Burlington and Burlington; circulation of 2,800.

Board, Production Team, Contributors and Volunteers

The Charlotte News is governed by a nine-member board of directors, which exercises fiduciary and strategic oversight and direction of the paper. The editor is responsible for the content, layout and look of the paper and meets regularly with board to discuss issues and plans relating to these matters. Under the leadership of the editor, the publishing team includes a layout manager, a contributing editor, two copy editors and regular contributing writers. Supporting the paper are the ad manager and bookkeeper. In addition, The News is supported by a strong group of volunteers who contribute to the production of the paper.

The Editor Position

Under the direction of the board, the editor bears prime responsibility for publishing a high quality community newspaper serving the Town of Charlotte. The editor coordinates the work of the layout manager and the contributing editor (who are hired by the board in consultation with the editor), finds and assigns stories to freelance writers, and identifies volunteers to help with the editorial, production and circulation for the paper.

Qualifications

  • Prior experience in the publishing industry
  • Ability to research, develop and write stories of interest to the Town of Charlotte
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and capacity for meeting deadlines
  • Leadership/teamwork skills
  • Collaborative work ethic
  • Ability to effectively represent The News in the community and at large
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a willingness to reach out to members of the Charlotte community in developing stories of interest to the community
  • Commitment to serve for at least two years.

Work Conditions

The editor is an independent contractor. The editor’s stipend per issue is commensurate with experience.