SkyNews: Job Posting - Managing Editor


The Company

SkyNews is Canada’s leading source of authoritative and engaging print and digital content about the universe and our place in it. As the media arm of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), SkyNews is uniquely qualified to serve the country’s growing community of active observers by: inspiring curiosity about the night sky; providing the latest news and authoritative insights on celestial events; offering expert how-to observing advice; delivering trusted guidance on observing gear; and promoting unique experience-based opportunities through community events, star parties and travel. The SkyNews brand is the ultimate Canadian source on the fascinating past, present and future of astronomy.

The SkyNews community welcomes diverse enthusiasts, including novices, families and seasoned amateur astronomers—anyone who is passionate about celestial events and the beauty and mystery of astronomical discovery. No other Canadian astronomy brand embodies the knowledge and prestige of SkyNews, nor welcomes the breadth of followers through its rich mix of channels and outreach initiatives. This community includes: RASC members, web users, social followers, magazine subscribers and the 100,000-plus enthusiasts who frequent local programs at RASC’s 29 cross-country centres.

The Position

SkyNews magazine is looking for a Managing Editor. This is a part-time, contract position. While RASC offices are based in Toronto, the successful candidate will be an experienced, self-directed and independent contractor who can be successful working off-site.


• Minimum five years of experience as a managing editor on a magazine staff or as a freelancer with established client relationships in publishing
• Experience in science writing (in general) and astronomy or space science (in particular)
• Outstanding research, reporting, writing and editing skills
• Strong attention to detail
• Knowledge of the production process
• Proficiency with desktop publishing software
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team
• Proven planning and organizational skills in a deadline-driven environment
• Journalism degree is an asset


• Plan a long-range editorial calendar (features and departments) in consultation with the RASC Editorial Board
• Oversee the creation of up to six issues of SkyNews in 2020
• Work with the Art Director to complete magazine redesign for the March/April 2020 issue
• Develop story ideas and assignments for contributors in accordance with editorial budgets
• Edit articles in accordance with publication standards
• Collaborate with art director on layouts, artwork and magazine design
• Supervise and collaborate with magazine copy editor
• Maintain journalistic standards and code of ethics
• Exhibit professionalism
• Collaborate with the online editor to enhance magazine content for the web
• Advise the online editor in the development of web-only content
• Occasional travel for meetings at company office

Interested candidates should submit a resume with cover letter outlining your unique qualifications for this position. Please include two examples of feature articles published within the past two years, plus the names of two references who can speak to your editorial experience and team-building skills.

Closing Date—October 31, 2019

We thank all candidates for their applications. Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. If you are not contacted, we will keep your resume on file for future opportunities. SkyNews and RASC welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

To apply please click here.