Supervising Editor / Producer, Morning Edition
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Morning Edition is NPR’s influential, agenda-setting morning news magazine that reaches millions of listeners everyday. As Supervising Editor/Producer, you play a key role in driving the editorial vision for the show and Up First while managing a team of talented journalists.
The right candidate for this position is interested in daily news and is eager to deliver the freshest, most important and breaking news stories to listeners to start their day. We are looking for a motivated team leader and a collaborative partner to the wider NPR newsroom. You should also be passionate about understanding the needs and wants of our audience and be excited to find new ways to meet them.
As a Supervising Editor/Producer at Morning Edition, you will join a small team of other supervising editors who collaboratively lead breaking news coverage of events in the U.S. and around the world, and ensure that the show is at the leading edge of the conversation across a range of issues. Duties for this position include assigning stories and segments to hosts, producers and editors; editing scripts; framing story ideas; listening to stories and offering editorial feedback; finding guests to feature on the show. It should be noted that supervising editors, like other staff on Morning Edition, are asked to work varied shifts on a rotating basis that include an early morning shift, a dayside shift and an overnight shift. This means you can expect to work non-traditional hours. Morning Edition is a 24-hour show production.
In consultation with the Executive Producer, the Supervising Editor/Producer will also help develop and implement the overarching vision for news, features, digital content and projects for Morning Edition and Up First. As a manager, you will be assigned at least seven direct reports and are expected to evaluate and develop personnel, including preparing their regular performance reviews and making effective recommendations regarding any hiring, promotion, and discipline for these positions. There may also be budgetary issues to handle as they relate to the team and program.
• Drive editorial excellence by exercising strong news judgement to make quick but insightful decisions about stories and segments in the show.
• Work varied shifts to include a rotating overnight shift
• Orchestrate breaking news plans.
• Lead daily editorial meetings, encouraging staff to pitch and execute great story ideas.
• Cultivate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
• Provide written and verbal editorial feedback to staff.
• Evaluate, develop, and manage staff performance.
• Organize and maintain staff schedules efficiently, using rotations and training to further staff development.
• Collaborate with digital news to maximize show content across platforms.
• Participate in budgetary reviews and hiring process for Morning Edition.
• Conduct outreach and represent the show in public forums.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Journalism), or writing-intensive discipline and/or equivalent work experience
• A minimum of 2 years previous managerial experience.
• 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 a daily deadline.
• Experience maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of truth, balance and fairness.
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts, including rotating overnight and/or swing shifts.
• Radio broadcast experience.
PREFERRED COMPETENCIES & SKILLS
• Quality-Decision Making
• Critical Thinking Skills
• Problem-Solving Skills
• Attention to Detail
• Results Driven
• Managerial Courage
• Manages Complexity
• Empathetic Leader
• Proficiency in another language than English such as Spanish, Mandarin or Arabic.
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
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