Managing Editor

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Managing Editor
Reports to: CEO
Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Lookout Santa Cruz seeks an experienced editor ready, willing and enthused to continue building a model news company for the 2020s.

We have opened this new position to add additional leadership and an expert daily hand at guiding and editing smart coverage for a newsroom of 10. Candidates must demonstrate well-experienced news judgment and excellent story concept and line editing skills and be committed to creating a great through-the-day news service.

In just 18 months, we’ve established ourselves as a new, go-to trustworthy news company valued by those who read and care about local issues. The managing editor will apply, and extend, the Lookout community-centric, mobile-first and tell-the-readers-what-they-need-to-know model, which is working so well in Santa Cruz, and will soon be applied in other communities.

Our newsroom embraces a couple of generations of journalists, from veterans to those starting out in local journalism. Lookout’s correspondents are the prominent public face of Lookout in all the diverse communities we serve. We’re looking for a managing editor to work closely with founder and national news analyst Ken Doctor, in the continuous improvement of our model and our journalism, based both on bedrock journalism principles and new models of engagement we are innovating.

Our newsroom focuses on impactful stories, while as a primary news source, keeping our readers briefly updated on step-process governmental proceedings and other actions. We are high on explanatory, connect-the-dots reporting and pointed knowing writing. Whether in 500 or 2,500 words, we tell the readers what we know, well sourced and well told. We fit the formats to the content, using Q&As and Ask Lookouts, and other emerging formats – including video – in addition to narrative journalism, including this recent one on fentanyl and its community impact:

Read our report on our highly successful launch; it it fits you, your talents and your enthusiasms, please write us .Please send a detailed cover letter, resume and fitting work to to apply.

Experience & skills:

You should have at least seven years of journalism experience, and at least three as a newsroom manager. The position is on-site, in our collaborative office in downtown Santa Cruz.

  • Rock-solid journalism judgment, intuition and taste.
  • Demonstrated experience, with references to match, on both narrative story editing, news publication and deadline experience and proven ability to edit with painstaking clarity, providing readers with the context they need.
  • Desire to work in an entrepreneurial, fast-growth startup environment, embracing the agility and flexibility required to thrive within a new business.
  • Experience and comfort with the pace of digital-first journalism, and the digital technologies that power it.
  • Ability to engage diverse local communities in Lookout’s work.
  • Ability to think through visuals that will aid storytelling and work with colleagues to activate them.
  • Demonstrated adaptability, especially with new topical coverage areas and communities.
  • Comfort learning new technology and experience working in content management systems, producing, editing and dressing stories with related media (photos, videos, etc).
  • Comfort with the format of Lookout’s correspondent-focused model, and the personality it brings to the work.
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus.
  • Data skills are a plus.
  • Audio/video experience is a plus.

Benefits and Application

The Managing Editor is a full-time Lookout Local employee. We offer competitive employee benefits.


  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Vision Insurance
  • 401(k) (no match)

Lookout is:

  • Innovative -- innovative and risk-taking
  • Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture
  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative

Lookout Local is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

As we interact with the public on a regular basis, a vaccination against COVID-19 is required for employment absent documented disability or religious reasons.

Please apply, with cover letter and resume to