State Governance Editor, National Desk
Full Time Job
The State Governance Editor will direct a collaborative coverage team pairing NPR staff with Member station journalists. This team works together, as one network, to cover state legislatures, state policy, and state politics. The Editor will be accountable for generating and editing material that combines the resources of NPR and its member stations, as well as helping the network communicate and coordinate coverage plans. The Editor will be adept at collaborating with partners inside NPR and at Member stations on major issues driving national and regional political discussions.
This position reports to the Supervising Senior Editor.
• Work in conjunction with station and NPR editors to make assignments and provide editorial guidance, and in identifying and coordinating coverage opportunities and themes.
• Convene and run regular conference calls with Member station partners. Distill from those calls ideas for national stories or series.
• Generate story ideas, review story pitches, help determine the best approach to storytelling, including making suggestions for interviews and establishing contacts, and guiding coverage.
• Provide editorial guidance to member station reporters on stories for local air and websites.
• Coordinate coverage with NPR bureau chiefs.
• Keep NPR and member stations apprised of each other’s political coverage plans and look for ways to collaborate.
• Ensure that all material meets NPR program’s standards and practices, including standards of fairness, objectivity, balance, consistency and technical quality.
• Drive coverage of state government and politics on radio and digital platforms and coordinate coverage with NPR Digital and Social media teams.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
• Minimum 5 years’ experience as an editor in public radio;
• Proven editing ability and outstanding news judgment;
• Experience maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness;
• Demonstrated ability to generate and execute complex creative ideas and to assimilate and organize large amounts of information;
• Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system;
• Broad knowledge and proven understanding of social, political, demographic, and other trends affecting NPR and the media sector in general.
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts
• Ability to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the SAG/AFTRA collective bargaining agreement may apply should you choose not to accept a transfer
• Interpersonal style that empowers and builds collaborations; supports participation, accountability and dedication to mission;
• Demonstrated ability to focus collaborative efforts on the achievement of agreed outcomes within finite timeframes and budgets;
• Positive approach to embracing change;
• An understanding of the public radio system, including the relationship between NPR and member stations is a plus.
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development. NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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