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The Editor is a critical member of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley staff, responsible for the publication of the organization’s monthly community newspaper, HAKOL (the Hebrew word for “the voice”).
The only Jewish newspaper in the Lehigh Valley area, HAKOL serves as the primary source of Jewish news and information for 4,000 families in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. It is published 11 times a year (one summer issue) and averages 28 to 32 pages in the main section. Six special sections are published each year, ranging from 12 to 16 pages. HAKOL is advertiser supported. It is mailed directly to homes for free and is also published in its entirety online.
In addition to providing general Jewish news, HAKOL serves as a primary communication vehicle for the Jewish Federation, as well as other affiliated Jewish agencies. The tabloid serves to promote the mission of the Federation, a non-profit organization that helps Jews in the Lehigh Valley, in Israel and around the world.
HAKOL is governed by an Editorial Board. Production is supported by a layout/graphic design associate and an advertising salesperson. The Editor reports directly to the Director of Marketing. HAKOL is a member of the American Jewish Press Association.
The Editor is a hand-on project manager who works independently and in coordination with staff and community resources to deliver the newspaper and other publications on deadline.
Coordinate and manage content, layout and design of newspaper – allocating print space for story text, photos, advertising, and illustrations according to space parameters and copy significance, using knowledge of layout principles and aesthetics
Work in conjunction with director of marketing and other Federation staff
Interact with community and agency/synagogue representatives to collect, edit, fact check newsworthy articles and information listings
Review and select articles and releases from wire service (JTA) or other national sources (JFNA, JAFI, JDC, etc.); edit article length as needed
Responsible for checking copy for spelling and grammar errors, inconsistencies, incorrect facts, day/date consistencies
Develop special feature sections and assign or source feature articles from volunteers and freelance writers
Create annual editorial and special features calendar
As determined, attend Federation and other community programs to cover them as news articles; may be responsible for photography at specific Federation events
Recruit and manage volunteer and freelance writers
Responsible for publication of Shalom Lehigh Valley, a Jewish Guide to Life in the Lehigh Valley (This is a free standing, comprehensive directory of local Jewish resources)
Work in coordination with the Advertising Representative to oversee advertising sales, content, contract questions, resolve advertiser issues
Evaluate earnings, revenue streams for appropriate decision making; work with appropriate staff to develop analysis and evaluation tools
Serve as a liaison to the Editorial Board
Work with print vendors, mail house and post office
• This is an exempt position and may require some evening and weekend hours
BA, or equivalent, preferred
Excellent writing skills
Ability to organize and schedule work effectively and efficiently, juggling multiple projects at once
Maintain attention to detail and the big picture
Ability to work well with and manage others
Oversee each issue/publication from content, to design layout, through production and distribution
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods
Sound editorial judgment
Ability to work on deadlines, staying focused and calm under pressure
Creativity and intellectual curiosity a plus
Must be computer literate; preference for expertise in using Adobe InDesign; familiarity with PhotoShop and Illustrator a plus
Knowledge and understanding of Jewish practices, customs, history, and community organization is helpful, but not required
HAKOL can be viewed online at: http://www.jewishlehighvalley.org/hakol.aspx