The News Sentinel in Knoxville, Tenn., has an opening for an assistant sports editor. The News Sentinel won nine APSE awards for work done in 2012 and is committed to watchdog journalism with content on four platforms (print, mobile, online, tablet). The News Sentinel is the No. 1 media source for news on the University of Tennessee and high school coverage in East Tennessee.

The assistant content editor works with lead editors (metro/watchdog, sports, breaking news, etc. ) to execute content and section plans for print and online platforms. The assistant content editor is a multimedia journalist who utilizes a variety of storytelling methods to deliver a comprehensive news report. Responsible for shift supervision, story assignment, selection and editing, evaluating story suggestions and monitoring the progress of assignments.

Key activities

•Coordinate text and visual content from a variety of sources, including multimedia journalists, correspondents/freelancers, wire services and user-generated reports.

•Edit and curate content as it is published across a variety of platforms, giving the "first read" on local, wire service and syndicated content to check for libel, fairness and adherence to style. Collaborate with colleagues to ensure on-time flow of content and adherence to deadlines.

•Work with multimedia journalists to produce content for publication in a variety of forms such as stories, Web updates, videos, still photos, text alerts and e-mail newsletters.

•Engage readers through social media, directing staff to respond to reader comments and pursuing other avenues for interacting with audiences.

•Meets performance measurements and metrics as specified by the Editor.

•Maintain positive working relationships with teams in all areas of the newsroom.

•Inspire people and encourages teamwork; being open-minded and flexible to new thinking.

•Adhere to all E. W. Scripps and local company policies, procedures and Code of Ethics.

Education & Experience/Certifications

•Typically requires a BS/BA in news/media discipline or equivalent experience.
•Generally 5+ years experience in news/media field.

Skills & Abilities

•Versed in the fundamentals of news reporting, including issues involving privacy, libel, access and ethics. Exhibits high standards of accuracy and fairness.

•Outstanding editing and writing skills; demonstrates attention to detail in both word editing and coding for electronic publication. Strong working knowledge of Associated Press and local style.

•Able to use digital, video, mapping, social networking and other technology to bolster news reports.

•Self-starter and multi-tasker, capable of demonstrating outstanding news judgment with minimal supervision. Demonstrates skill in time management and setting priorities.

•Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook), web publishing tools and HTML.

•Understanding of how to interact with audiences across platforms and to formulate multi-platform strategies that drive new audience and maximize existing audience.

•Openness and capacity to seek new opportunities and adopt new ways of doing things.

•Ability to demand high quality and productivity from staff members.

•Strong communication and presentation skills.

•Proven leadership and organizational skills; ability to function as a team leader and a team player.
You can apply online at or contact sports editor Phil Kaplan at