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Pssssst: Curbed Detroit is looking for a new editor

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Hang tight while we search for our next voice

Michelle & Chris Gerard

The new year has brought a few changes to Curbed Detroit, as you may have noticed. In fact, we’re in the middle of searching for a new editor.

We’ve been working to keep you up-to-date on the latest news in the interim, but we’ve had a few hiccups, too—which is why we’ve been light on posting for the past couple of weeks. Bear with us! You’ll soon see more news, as Robin Runyan, the editor you know and love, will continue contributing to the site—as will a few new voices.

We’re also close to making a new full-time editor hire, and in fact, the job posting is still up (so get on it, if you plan to!). Here’s what we are looking for:

Curbed Detroit Editor

The ideal candidate lives in Detroit, and loves it. We’re looking for a sharp-eyed local who knows the ins and outs of the city—from transportation and urban planning to notable architecture—and keeps an eye on development projects and the best homes on the market. The right person will have a nose for news, the ability to write quickly and clearly, and a passion for keeping their neighbors informed.

You’ll work remotely in Detroit but stay connected digitally to the larger Curbed team and mission, enthusiastically working to grow the audience for your coverage and hone your digital media skill set—from photo usage and search optimization to social media and newsletters. Real-world reporting experience is a must, and local news creation, or working for a design or shelter publication, is a plus.

What you’ll do:

  • Report out and write up local news, strive to break news, and know when a story can be tied to something bigger
  • Manage a daily publication schedule, including a mix of news, features, and service content
  • Post stories and other media to Curbed Detroit’s Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Engage readers, through on-site comments and on social media
  • Send a daily newsletter
  • Work with Curbed colleagues on various initiatives and projects, and to improve the quality and reach of Curbed Detroit
  • Vet pitches and assign stories to freelancers, and manage a monthly contributor budget
  • Track and meet performance expectations, tied to both site quality and readership

What you’ll bring:

  • Three or more years writing or editing for a digital publication
  • An eye for news, and an understanding of which stories work for Curbed
  • Knowledge of real estate development, architecture, and city issues in Detroit
  • An understanding of how to develop sources, and to see through PR jargon
  • Familiarity with Curbed, and the ability to master Curbed’s editorial voice
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently—this is a fast-paced job!
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple simultaneous projects with various lead times
  • Proven experience with digital media best practices—and an enthusiasm to continue to master the tools of the trade
  • One year of publishing to or managing a professional Facebook or Twitter account
  • Experience working independently with limited supervision, and an eagerness to communicate and collaborate with remote coworkers

Find out more, and apply here.