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Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor at HEARST BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS, INC in San Francisco, California

Posted in Media - Journalism - Newspaper 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor


The Chronicle’s twin goals are to “save the world” through exceptional, impactful journalism and to “earn more subscribers” by building deep loyalty with our audiences, becoming central to their everyday lives. Datebook’s arts and entertainment coverage is key to both goals. The department’s mission is to present, 24/7, the best arts and entertainment coverage in the Bay Area. Our critics and writers highlight both established and emerging artists and performers, preview and recommend what’s coming and should not be missed, and critically assess the work. Our goal: Make Datebook, in print and online, a habit for our audience.

Job description

The Assistant Arts Editor supports the Datebook team, responsible for the scheduling, assigning and production of the Sunday Pink section, as conceived with the senior arts editor for criticism. In the future, the AAE may also oversee the print production of additional Datebook or Sunday print sections, as workload permits.


The AAE assigns, edits and sends online Pink or other stories he/she edits, as directed by the senior arts editor for criticism and enterprise.


Department structure

  • Direct report to the senior arts editor for criticism (Rob Morast)

  • The Pink’s copy editor/production assistant reports to the AAE


  • Oversee the quality and relevance of the Sunday Pink section, the marquee of The Chronicle’s arts & entertainment coverage

  • Work with design, photo and copyediting to design and lay out the section on deadline. Set Pink copy deadlines for the department

  • For those Pink departments and/or sections the AAE directly assigns, edit for clarity, vividness and voice. This includes finessing both print and web heads for all stories, coordinating social media posts, and other story promotion

  • Oversee assigning and editing of book reviews (as part of the Pink’s book review section), in conjunction with the freelance books consultant. Edit books columnist

  • Maintain the Pink freelance budget

  • Prepare and send online those staff and freelance stories under the AAE’s edit purview (regular Pink features, columns, any additional stories as discussed with the senior arts editor)

  • In assigning, recruit and build a strong stable of freelance writers. In 2019, the department’s goal is 20 percent of the freelance budget directed toward underrepresented voices, including POC, women, LGBTQ, etc. 

  • Work with staff to stretch for broader enterprise projects in arts and entertainment that can be showcased on Sunday