Editor-in-Chief – Lookout Local Santa Cruz


Chief Editor
Reports to: CEO
Location: Santa Cruz, California

Lookout Santa Cruz is seeking an experienced publisher who is ready, willing, and enthusiastic to continue building a model newspaper business model for the 2020s.

We opened this new position to add additional leadership and a daily expert hand to guide and edit smart coverage for a press room of 10. Applicants must demonstrate sound news judgment and excellent story concept and line-editing skills and be committed to creating an excellent news service throughout the daytime.

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

Our newsroom includes a few generations of journalists, from veterans to those just starting out in local journalism. Lookout Correspondents are the prominent public face of Lookout in all of the diverse communities we serve. We are looking for an Editor-in-Chief to work closely with the Founder and National News Analyst Doctor Kenin the continuous improvement of our model and our journalism, based both on the fundamental principles of journalism and on new models of engagement, we innovate.

Our newsroom focuses on hard-hitting stories, as well as being the primary source of information, keeping our readers briefly updated on government step-by-step procedures and other actions. We favor explanatory reports, connecting the dots and pointed writing. Whether in 500 or 2,500 words, we tell readers what we know, well-sourced and well-told. We adapt the formats to the content, using Questions and answers and Ask the lookoutsand other emerging formats – including video – in addition to narrative journalism, including this recent on fentanyl and its community impact.

Read our report on our very successful launch; if it suits you, your talents and your enthusiasms, write to us.

Please send a detailed cover letter, resume and editing assignment to [email protected] to apply.

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.

Advantages and application:

The editor is a full-time employee of Lookout Local. We offer competitive employee benefits.

Lookout Local is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

As we regularly interact with the public, a COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment in the absence of documented disability or religious reasons.

Please apply, with cover letter and CV to [email protected].

Job type: Full time


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid vacation
  • vision insurance
  • 401(k) (no match)

Lookout is:

  • Innovative – innovative and risk taking
  • Results Driven – results driven with a strong performance culture
  • Team player — cooperative and collaborative

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