Editor, Data / Graphics
Full Time Job
Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success.
NPR seeks a technology-savvy editor to lead our award-winning team of journalist-technologists and develop broader strategies to empower our newsroom and programming divisions to create ambitious, internet-native journalism.
The News Apps team has been a pillar of NPR’s digital expression for most of the last decade, with a talented roster and alumni network of graphic designers, software developers, data analysts, illustrators, cartographers, and visually minded reporter/editors have helped define what NPR should look and feel like on the Internet. Our work includes enterprise projects like the White Lies visual narrative and the experimental Joy Generator, large-scale data projects like the 2020 election results and the Book Concierge, and graphics-driven efforts like our U.S. coronavirus tracker. It primarily lives on NPR.org, but it also appears on member station sites, social channels and other platforms.
Entering this next decade, we need to continue lifting our ambitions, and we’re looking for a creative editor to lead the way.
This role will determine the needs and possibilities for graphics and multimedia packages, including daily statistical visualizations and more in-depth reporting features. We expect that the right candidate will have experience editing that kind of work In collaboration with other editors in dynamic newsroom structures. This role will exercise sound journalistic judgment, visual creativity and story-telling innovation to serve our audience, the American public.
This role will also be expected to feel comfortable as an editorial leader who can identify what journalistic proficiencies NPR will need to cultivate to meet its mission to inform and enrich the American public through the story forms and mediums of the next decade and beyond. This is a managerial position.
• Manage the daily operations of the team which includes the construction of graphics for day stories written by various coverage desks.
• Edit stories and projects, including text, design and data. Some of these will originate from the team. Many will be conceived in partnership with other newsgathering desks.
• Work in partnership with journalists from signature magazine broadcast shows and podcasts to extend their storytelling across the internet. Work with audio producers to extend our internet storytelling to power audio products as well.
• Work in partnership with our Visuals department (photography and video) on a variety of projects.
• Cultivate and support a culture of inclusion and experimentation.
• Pitch pathways for our newsroom, organization and network to support more of this brand of storytelling.
• Supervise at least 5 direct reports, including preparing their regular performance reviews, and making effective recommendations regarding any hiring, promotion, and discipline for these positions.
• Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
• At least 5 years of newsroom experience
• Experience managing people or projects
• Experience editing news and features in a newsroom.
• Ability to convey interactive story ideas and complex interactions with wire-frames or prototypes.
• Expertise with web development, design and/or data analysis
• Pragmatism and empathy.
• An interest in emerging storytelling techniques
• Enthusiasm for the mission of public media and NPR.
• Quick learner with creative ideas
• Demonstrated ability to create presentations that intelligently incorporate audio, video, still images, graphics and text.
• Ability to manage projects with multiple stakeholders and varying expertise, effectively define goals and prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines
• Attention to detail and excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to meet deadlines and to adapt to change in a daily, unpredictable news production environment.
This position is covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA. The minimum salary for this position is $90,000.
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. Apply by Friday, Oct. 22.
NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive workplace that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, and reproductive health decisions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, gender non-conforming status, intersex status, sexual stereotypes, nationality, citizenship status, personal appearance, marital status, family status, family responsibilities, military status, veteran status, mental and physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, genetic characteristics of yourself or a family member, political views and affiliation, unemployment status, protective order status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.