Here's a fascinating mission: Oversee, assist and amplify the production of community-focused journalism from all parts of the U.S. during the upcoming elections. For this CPB-funded project, "Elections 2020: Listening to America," we're looking for a Senior Editor who understands the public media system and, in particular, the challenges of working collaboratively with multiple newsrooms at once. This individual must be flexible, but also committed to the highest journalistic standards. Experience incorporating community perspectives would be particularly helpful. KCUR 89.3, Kansas City's NPR affiliate, is leading the central team based in Kansas City. For the right person, we're open to a remote workplace.
Basic Function and Responsibility
This experienced editor will manage all editorial production associated with the Elections 2020 project. She/he will support, guide, coordinate, edit and overcome challenges in the service of bringing the voices and perspectives of more Americans into election coverage produced by public media.
Work with the Managing Director to develop standards and practices, elevate the culture of journalism and facilitate collaborations for journalism across the country.
Develop and manage an Elections 2020 editorial strategy that is rooted in community engagement insights from local stations, shifting public media coverage from "the race" to issues that matter to local communities across the country.
Work with selected collaboratives to identify needed reporting resources and ensure those needs are met.
Work with the Community Engagement Director to incorporate engagement practices into the work of those collaboratives
Provide critical support and capacity to overwhelmed local staffs while also elevating the entire system's capabilities. This means working on and/or editing everything from feature reporting to newsletters to digital presentations, depending on the needs of the participating collaboratives.
Enable collaboratives' election coverage -- insights, digital stories, digital video, live forums and recorded content, and more -- to be shared and framed with national broadcast platforms such as NPR's signature news magazines, 1A and The Takeaway, PBS NewsHour, and podcast producers.
Oversee, edit and share election, issue-oriented content such as:
Regional/national reporting projects on specific issues (immigration, reproductive rights, election security, voter suppression, environmental regulation, etc.) and community differences in perspective involving two or more collaboratives and connecting with one or more national programs.
Talk shows involving multi-station and regional approaches to coverage that meaningfully connect collaboratives in new ways.
Visual reporting elements deploying data gathering and presentation tools that are audience-centric. For example, interactive maps, graphs, or other visualizations that can be adapted across multiple websites and stations.
Establish effective communication channels with news directors/editors across the public media system with the intention of building lasting capacity and connective tissue that will fuel future local engagement and collaborative journalism efforts across America.
Supervise and deploy the Digital / Social Media Editor in support of the project's goals.
Participate in appropriate fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and at least five years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired.
Master's degree in journalism, communications, education or a related field.
Seven years of work experience in an editorial leadership capacity in a media organization.Experience in public media a plus.
Proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.
Proven ability to build and maintain a wide range of partnerships.
Ability to plan and implement projects.
Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with various personalities.
Ability to multi-task and oversee diverse projects simultaneously in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment.
Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
Experience collaborating with partners to create content.
This position reports directly to the Managing Director - Elections 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience. This position is funded by the CPB grant.
Review of applications will begin on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. This position will remain open until filled.
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