I promised I'd tell about the job once it was decided. Today, I got the job. :)
A few weeks ago I was in my editor's office, and while looking through the paper he noticed an ad for the editor's position at one of our sister newspapers. The next day I asked him what he thought of the idea of me applying for the position. I was nervous - I tend to underestimate my own qualifications (though not my abilities). I realized that I was as qualified, if not more, than other editors in our group have been, so I decided to go for it.
A couple of weeks later I got a call from the publisher at the other paper asking for a phone interview. He said they'd received dozens of applicants, and from those they'd narrowed down the group and would do phone interviews to get down to a final three or four. The phone interview went well, but at that time, he told me that the senior reporter at that paper had applied for the position as well. That made me REALLY nervous. Not only would she have the advantage in getting the position, but if she DIDN'T and I did, I could be facing a hostile atmosphere from day one.
I got the call to come in for an interview in person, but that was postponed twice because the publisher's mother was hospitalized. Meanwhile, my editor was telling me that he'd spoken very highly of me, and he was giving me his full backing. He also let me in on the fact that it was down to three - me, the senior reporter and some guy from Montana. Well, he got word later that the guy from Montana was basically out of the running, when the publisher told him he'd heard something "disturbing" about him from a coworker.
So I finally got my interview in person on Tuesday this week. Tuesday evening, the senior reporter called me and asked me to come in to meet her Thursday. Wednesday the publisher called me and said that he'd set up the meeting with the senior reporter because he felt it would be good for us to get to know each other - "since you might be working together soon."
Thursday, I went in to meet with her. I got a very good impression of her right from the start. She told me that she'd been offered the editor's position, but they still wanted me, so they decided to also create a managing editor's position. It's all the things I WANTED to be doing - writing, editing, setting up the news budget, making assignments - without all the corporate and administrative stuff that I DIDN'T want to do. So it's almost like the job was tailor-made for me.
I spent the evening coming up with a number. If they could give me that much, I'd take it. They called me in today and offered it to me, at even a little higher than my minimum number. So I signed. I start next week. :)