Senior / Supervising Editor / Producer
NPRCulver City, CA
Full Time Job
Senior / Supervising Editor / Producer, Morning Edition
A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. NPR listeners value information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – our employees do too.
Morning Edition is seeking a skilled journalist and manager based out of NPR’s Culver City office. The Senior/Supervising Editor/Producer plays a key role in designing and driving the editorial vision for NPR’s flagship morning show and Up First podcast. This person manages a team of talented journalists based out of the California office and oversees daily show/pod programming in tandem with colleagues in DC. The Senior/Supervising Editor/Producer ensuring the show and podcast are covering the top stories and conversations of the day. The ideal candidate for this position combines superlative journalism, extensive experience leading and programming a broadcast news show, with an ability to think creatively about the role of audio storytelling in a rapidly changing digital universe.
This position works 11 am to 8 pm Pacific time from Sunday thru Thursday but will be expected to rotate into other management roles and times as needed. The level of this hire will be determined by a candidate’s experience.
• Design and drive editorial excellence and vision for Morning Edition and Up First
• Tracks the ongoing flow of news and drives editorial coverage for Morning Edition; acts as liaison with NPR desks on developing stories
• Assists Executive Producer in monitoring the program for editorial and journalistic integrity, continuity and quality of air product
• Assists Executive Producer in developing and implementing various program-related objectives and special projects
• Supervises regular and temporary program staff by creating and managing work schedules and assignments that, when possible, provide training to further staff development.
• Ensure that show staffing, story content, and sources reflect diversity goals of NPR.
• Reviews and edits scripts and stories for host conversations, intros, etc. as needed.
• Provides guidance to staff and monitors and evaluates staff performance
• Lead by example; inspire staff to produce consistently compelling, engaging and creative programming
• Set editorial vision for news stories and projects that the NPR West host and team work on
• Orchestrate breaking news plans among a team of journalists
• Lead editorial meetings, encouraging staffers to pitch and execute great story ideas
• Collaborate with digital news to maximize show content across platforms
• Participate in budgetary reviews and hiring process for Morning Edition and Up First
• Conduct outreach and represent the show in public forums
• Establish chain of responsibility to distribute duties and establish accountability for all phases of production
• Hire, coach, and develop the talent on best in class competencies and skillsets to meet the goals of the organization
• Maintain working knowledge of NPR policies and provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreement. Work with appropriate resources to address personnel and union issues.
Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience; journalism degree preferred
• Minimum of 8 years’ national broadcast journalism experience, in roles of increasing responsibility.
• Deep understanding of NPR programming across platforms and commitment to the mission of NPR.
• 4-6 years of experience supervising editors and producers.
• 8 years’ experience as a news reporter, news producer, or news editor
• Thorough knowledge of news and feature reporting techniques and demonstrated writing ability.
• Proven skill in both news and feature editing is required
• Considerable knowledge of current events, including international and domestic news
• Proven experience working on deadline, in particular a daily deadline
• Experience maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts, including rotating overnight and/or swing shifts
• An interpersonal style that empowers and builds collaboration among diverse teams, and supports participation, accountability and support of NPR’s mission.
• Demonstrated ability to focus collaborative efforts on the achievement of agreed outcomes within finite timeframes and budgets.
• A positive approach to embracing change; uses flexibility, creativity, and a good sense of humor to influence appropriately.
• Well-developed interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with diverse personalities in a high-stress environment.
• Results-oriented with the ability to balance other business initiatives and projects.