Jobs posted for combined Charleston Gazette-Mail newsroom

Nearly two weeks after announcing the staffs of the Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail would merge–and all newsroom staffers would have to reapply for their jobs– the newspapers’ parent company has posted 65 positions for the newly combined publication.

The list includes:

  • 18 news reporters
  • 8 copy editors 
  • 6 sports reporters (including 2 for high school sports)
  • 5 photographers
  • 3 sports copy editors
  • 2 assistant city editors
  • 2 lifestyle reporters
  • 2 editorial page editors (one each for the Gazette and Daily Mail)
  • 2 opinion writers (one each for the Gazette and Daily Mail)

The posting also includes one each of the following: city editor, assistant city editor, city desk assistant, weekend editor, office manager, secretary, lifestyle editor, assistant lifestyle editor, flip side, news editor, assistant news editor, graphic artist, design editor, sports editor, assistant sports editor, sports columnist, visuals editor and multimedia staffer. 

All positions are full-time.

Those numbers do not include Gazette executive editor Rob Byers and Daily Mail editor and publisher Brad McElhinny, who do not have to reapply for their jobs.

The job postings are in line with a timeline announced by company officials after the publications unexpectantly merged July 19. Jobs were to be posted by July 31, and applicants have until August 7 to submit their resumes and cover letters. Interviews are set to begin by August 10, and all hiring decisions are to be completed by August 21.

Charleston Gazette-Mail publisher Susan Shumate made clear, both in statements to the public and staff members, there would not be enough jobs in the combined newsroom for all employees.

The papers were previously budgeted for a total of 80 employees, although three of those positions are currently unfilled. 

Doing the math–77 employees minus 67, which includes McElhinny and Byers–about 10 people will be without a job when the process is over. 

And the odds of being rehired may be better than that. Based on conversations I’ve had with people inside the newsrooms, some staffers may not reapply. 

Those who are not rehired or choose not to reapply are eligible for a severance package worth one week’s pay per each full year worked, at a minimum of one week and up to 26 weeks. Employees must work until August 21 to receive severance pay.

To view the full list of postings, click here:

(An earlier version of this post contained an incorrect number of employees currently at the papers.)


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