Deputy National Editor, East
Full Time Job
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The Deputy National Editor/East, in partnership with the Chief National Editor, has overall operational and editorial responsibility for national coverage, particularly in the Eastern half of the country. A counterpart is the Deputy National Editor/West, based in our NPR West newsroom. The Deputy National Editor supervises assignments and provides editorial guidance to staff, freelancers and production staff. This includes preparation of on-air material as well as content for digital and social platforms. This editor oversees the editorial integrity and quality of content, monitoring and evaluating staff performance; recommending new hires and providing editorial and administrative support to the Chief National Editor.
The Deputy Supervising Senior Editor is charged with building and maintaining relationships across NPR shows and teams and with NPR member stations in Eastern states to continue efforts to meld member stations and NPR collaboration to create one true network.
This position reports to the Chief National Editor.
• Has significant responsibility for editorial planning and coordination of coverage on the National Desk.
• Tracks ongoing flow of national news, maintain contacts with news sources keep current with topics of interest to the desk and maintain files of future events and issues.
• Maintains internal contacts and assists program producers in achieving consistent, accurate and balanced coverage.
• When necessary, heads team of production staff working on special projects.
• Tracks station, freelance and staff submissions and assignments.
• Authorizes payments to stations and freelancers.
• Supervises assignments and provides editorial guidance to staff, stations, freelance reporters and production staff.
• Has regular discussions with reporters about story ideas, helps shape the content and scope of story proposals, suggests stories and specific areas of inquiry, while making final assignments.
• Works with hosts, the Newsdesk, digital media and other staff to determine proper approach to stories, subjects to be discussed and treated, and individuals to be interviewed.
• Monitors progress of assigned stories to ensure that the stories are of the highest quality and that reasonable production schedules are maintained.
• Builds and maintains relationships with NPR member stations to increase NPR’s focus on continuous collaboration.
• Oversees and edits collaborative projects from NPR and member station reporters
• Identify targets for short- and long-term collaboration projects, including polling projects
• Partner with appropriate internal stakeholders, including the Director of Collaborative News Strategy, Collaborative Coverage Editor, Desk Editors, Digital News leadership and Executive Editor to ensure smooth collaboration and communication regarding news coverage plans
• Supervises preparation of air and online material and is responsible for editorial integrity and quality of that material
• Ensures that all material aired and published meets NPR’s standards and practices, including standards of fairness, objectivity and balance
• Provides editorial guidance to staff, station and freelance reporters so they can properly organize and focus their stories
• Listens to prepared stories, suggests changes that make pieces concise, coherent, comprehensive and interesting; copy edits stories and writes material as needed. Determines when a story is ready for air
• Ensures that speculative submissions from stations and freelancers are auditioned to determine suitability for airing
• Monitors programming and provides critiques:
• Monitors pieces and host interviews, especially those to which he/she is assigned, in a consistent manner
• Regularly has critical and constructive discussions about pieces with reporters and editors, and with the Senior Supervising National Editor.
• Has significant responsibility for independently evaluating the performance of staff:
• Prepares performance reviews of staff members under their supervision, as determined by the Chief National Editor
• Makes hiring recommendations for staff under their supervision, in consultation with the Senior National Editor and others as designated
• Recommends salary levels of staff under their supervision, in consultation with the Senior National Editor
• Provides support to Chief National Editor as needed:
• Acts as liaison to shows, various news desks, Newscast and online as assigned by Senior Editors
• Assists in planning and monitoring the business unit’s annual budgets and in monitoring current spending
• Coordinates staff schedules, submits and approves time sheets and maintains other personnel records as needed
• Tracks overtime and travel expenditures
• Directly supervises other editors
• Assumes additional workload of other editors when they are away
• Conducts outreach, answers correspondence, represents the unit in public forums, organizes internships, maintains station relations, and works with the promotion and public information departments
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience
• At least 10 years’ experience as a news reporter or editor, including demonstrated experience covering national news, including:
• Previous experience with investigative stories, including the generation of story ideas and the research and development of such stories.
• Previous experience with feature reports, including the development of topics and the organization and presentation of lengthy articles or programs.
• Considerable knowledge of:
• Strong familiarity with National issues, including immigration, national security and lifestyle topics.
• Interest in regional politics and issues.
• Thorough knowledge of news and feature reporting techniques and demonstrated writing ability.
• Considerable skill in both news and feature editing.
• Demonstrated skill in oral presentation.
• Understanding and use of principles of effective management.
• Thorough knowledge of broadcast writing and audio production.
• Thorough knowledge of digital/social communication.
• Extensive daily news experience.
• Previous broadcast news experience
• Proven managerial experience.
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