Seeking an Assistant EditorWritten by
Wyoming Livestock Roundup
Assistant Editor Job Description
The assistant editor of the Roundup helps with the weekly aspects of putting together editorial content for each paper, as well as maintaining and updating the website at wylr.net on a regular basis.
Those two tasks include:
- Interviewing, writing, photographing and editing articles for the regular weekly, as well as special editions.
- Helping to generate article ideas and develop the article list for upcoming weekly and special editions.
- Regularly traveling for meetings, events, conferences and interviews around the state.
- Updating the website weekly to include the latest edition of the paper and online classified ads.
- Generating new content for the website and Roundup Facebook page.
- Helping send the paper to press, including proofing and laying out last-minute ads and market reports.
- Filling in for managing editor when they’re out of the office.
- Being alert for and helping to find new advertising opportunities.
- Keeping regular office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) when not on the road for interviews and events.
The assistant editor must:
- Meet weekly and special edition deadlines.
- Have a working knowledge of writing in a news format.
- Pay great attention to detail when editing and proofreading.
- Relate to all types of people, and interview contacts by phone and in person.
- Be able to multi-task and work under pressure during busy times of the week and year.
- Work for the good of the “Roundup team,” including sharing duties and tasks during busy times.
- Be familiar with Wyoming agriculture and have an interest in agricultural current affairs.
- Know how to work with a Mac operating system.
- Work with web designer to learn how to upload items, troubleshoot and add new things to the website.
- Put in extra hours at certain busy times of the year.
Ideal candidates would also:
- Have a thorough understanding of Wyoming agriculture’s custom and culture.
- Be experienced in Photoshop and InDesign.
- Have experience developing and maintaining websites.
- Know AP style
What the Roundup offers:
- A flexible, relaxed work environment when work is caught up.
- The opportunity to constantly learn about the Wyoming and U.S. agriculture industries.
- The ability to travel the state, and beyond, to meet new people in Wyoming and national agriculture.
- Experience in all facets of publishing a weekly newspaper.