The RequirementsTo be a good fit as a Page Producer you will have:
- A bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English or a related field, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Three or more years of solid newsroom experience
- Strong writing and copy editing skills
- A demonstrated ability to package and paginate news
- Experience using software such as InDesign and Photoshop – experience with Saxotech is a plus
- The creativity to produce attractive pages that follow style guidelines
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Great attention to detail, including strong copy editing, proofreading and fact-checking skills
- An understanding of production timetables and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
- The ability to recognize and anticipate obstacles and to work actively to provide remedies
- The desire to be a team player, and the ability to work well with those around you in a truly collaborative environment
- The ability and willingness to work a schedule that includes nights, weekends, and holidays
The RoleYou’ll be responsible for preparing pages for production, and ensuring print deadlines are met. You’ll find yourself working with curators, designers, and team members across many other departments. You’ll take content already published online and present it in a fresh and compelling way to loyal newspaper readers.
You’ll have a hand in editorial decisions and in choosing stories and photos on deadline. It will be up to you, as the last one to see the content before it is published, to ensure the content and design is at the level we expect. You’ll make sure our newspaper is accurate, compelling and up to date.
We are installing Saxotech, a state-of-the-art editorial system. It will be a plus if you have experience with Saxotech.
Some of your specific responsibilities will include:
- Assembling photos and copy for placement on pages to prepare them for printing.
- Coordinating with graphic artists and curators to lay out and finish pages.
- Copy editing stories, writing headlines, fitting lengths.
- Making corrections to pages during production and proofing.
Keys to SuccessYou understand that there is daily ebb and flow working on a newspaper, and you enjoy deadline urgency. You don’t mind juggling a variety of tasks and you keep a never-miss focus on deadlines. You are flexible, receptive to change and upbeat. You have a high level of comfort negotiating ambiguity to make smart decisions that serve readers.
You can combine stories, photos and graphics to create an inviting page. You combine skilled copy editing with creative ideas on story form and presentation.
We want you to be proactive and to make suggestions; you’ll need to be willing to speak up and to experiment. You’ll need to be a forward-thinker and a self-starter, with an open mind on new approaches to journalism.