Associate Editor/Digital Producer

The Daily Yonder/Center for Rural Strategies (Knoxville, Tennessee preferred)

Posted 2 years ago

The Center for Rural Strategies seeks a full-time Associate Editor/Digital Producer to work on the Daily Yonder (an online rural news and information hub) and the organization’s other media products.

Job Description

The Associate Editor/Digital Producer will help produce, edit, and curate content that reflects the diverse landscapes and people of rural America. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Editing articles produced by volunteer and paid correspondents around the country.
  • Writing headlines, captions, and other copy for the Daily Yonder or other Rural Strategies products.
  • Selecting and editing photos and illustrations to accompany stories.
  • Posting content to the web and other platforms via content management systems such as WordPress.
  • Reporting on rural policy and related topics.
  • Producing graphs, maps, and other images.
  • Managing data via spreadsheets and similar applications.
  • Helping manage and recruit new contributors to a national network of correspondents who produce content for the Daily Yonder and other Rural Strategies projects.
  • Supporting the work of the Editor of the Daily Yonder and other staff as needed.

Job Requirements

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Newswriting and editing (preferred) or other mass-media communication abilities.
  • Proficiency in computer applications used to write, edit, produce, and manage a wide range of text, graphics, data, and other information.
  • Knowledge of, or commitment to learn about, diverse rural people, places, and policies.
  • Commitment to continued professional development and learning.


  • At least one to three years’ professional experience in communications, journalism, research, or a related field (preferred). Entry-level applicants may describe internships, volunteer positions, or other experience that address this requirement.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex information in a manner that is accurate and accessible to general audiences.
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic work environment that requires both collaboration and individual initiative.
  • College degree (preferred).


The preferred work location of the Associate Editor/Digital Producer is the Center for Rural Strategies’ office in Knoxville, Tennessee. Other possible locations are Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Athens, Tennessee, where we have additional offices. Telecommuting from a remote location is possible and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The job requires some regional and national travel. Additional travel will be necessary if the Associate Editor/Digital Producer works from a remote location.


  • Competitive non-profit salary.
  • Health insurance reimbursement account.
  • 401K plan with employer contribution.
  • Flexible work environment and room to grow.

Organizational Background

The Center for Rural Strategies is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization founded in 2001. Its work is national and focuses on rural communities and rural policy. Rural America is vast and complex, not homogenous. We seek to reflect this diversity in our programs, partnerships, and staffing. We work through strategic communications, coalition building, public information campaigns, journalism, and strategic partnerships to accomplish our mission.

Organizational Structure and Values

  • Rural Strategies values inclusion and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.
  • Rural Strategies maintains a small core staff and works collaboratively with a wide range of partner organizations, independent contractors, and other allies to accomplish its mission.
  • Rural Strategies uses a collaborative style of program and staff management. Our staff works closely with each other and with outside entities. The ability to maintain good professional relationships and to represent the organization appropriately in a variety of settings are attributes we value in all staff.

To Apply

Applications and inquiries may be addressed to To apply, please email a resume and three samples of writing or other media production.

The Center for Rural Strategies does not discriminate based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

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