Looking for Assistant Managing Editor, Breaking News

From their internal job posting: is looking for an assistant managing editor to oversee our 24-hour breaking news operation. The AME of breaking news will work closely with staff as well as the newspaper’s Continuous Newsdesk and web liaisons to shape our around-the-clock coverage plans. In addition, the AME of breaking news will be responsible for tracking long-term projects for the site and creating plans for home page promotion. We are looking for a strong manager who can work with his or her deputies on the day, night, overnight and weekend teams to manage an 18-member staff directly responsible for producing the home page throughout the day and rebuilding the site overnight.

    The ideal candidate must be an excellent communicator, with solid news judgment and strong management skills. An ability to learn new technology is critical, as is the creativity to use the online medium to its maximum potential. This job also comes with large responsibilities, from determining story play to ensuring we have headlines and captions that are accurate, fair and compelling. Having knowledge of the and Washington Post newsrooms is a plus.

    The AME of breaking news must demonstrate an appreciation for the breadth of content that the two newsrooms produce in his or her approach to shaping the home page. The AME must be willing to aggressively change the page throughout the day to showcase the best of what the site has to offer while keeping pace with breaking news.

    This can be one of the most high-pressured jobs in our newsroom, requiring someone who can remain calm while juggling constant deadlines and myriad requests from various constituencies. The person in this role works a regular Monday through Friday schedule, but should expect to work at night, overnight or on the weekend on occasions. In addition, the AME of breaking news should expect to be on call and will share off-site weekend supervisory duties with the site’s most senior editors.

    This is a pivotal role for as the newsdesk is the linchpin of our operation. The AME of breaking news reports to the managing editor of and will work closely with her, the editor and executive editor in shaping our daily news report.