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Local Initiatives Editor

Post Date:Mar 05, 2019Type:Full time
Start Date:3/5/2019Salary:Open
Location: United States - Massachusetts - Boston Job Reference:R000078
Job Description:

WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.


FRONTLINE is PBS’s flagship investigative documentary series, which explores the issues of our time through powerful storytelling. Our investigations have helped breathe new life into terrorism cold cases, freed innocent people from jail, prompted U.N. resolutions, and spurred both policy and social change. We’ve won every major journalism and broadcasting award, including 89 Emmy Awards and 20 Peabody Awards. Today, our dedicated cadre of reporters, producers and digital makers report across platforms — from our documentaries and podcast series, to longform written narratives and transmedia projects. In an age of 24/7 breaking news, we remain dedicated to thoughtful, incisive accountability journalism.

FRONTLINE is also committed to presenting more voices, perspectives and experiences across our platforms. To foster a work environment that values inclusiveness and reflects the broad perspectives of the American public, we encourage qualified applicants from all racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and functional limitations to apply, especially those from historically marginalized communities.


FRONTLINE is looking for a sharp, thoughtful Local Initiatives Editor to help oversee a new national-local reporting initiative. The Local Initiatives Editor, who should be based in Boston, will help to establish and solidify relationships with reporters in communities across the country to develop a powerful transmedia reporting project on a single topic or issue. The goal of the project is both to enhance local reporting capacity and break new ground on a topic of national significance.

The editor will guide the day-to-day work on the project, coordinating with the local reporters, and overseeing and editing their work for publication, in coordination with FRONTLINE’s senior editorial staff. While the bulk of the project will likely be in text, experience editing or engaging in interactive or transmedia work is a plus.

We are seeking a smart, self-motivated person who can ask big questions but still sweat the details. They should have a healthy sense of curiosity, sound editorial judgment, established reporting skills and a passion for investigative and accountability journalism.

     * Coordinate and inspire a far-flung team of reporters to produce iterative reporting and a major reporting project around a single topic or issue.
     * Assign, approve and edit stories from a team of reporters around the country, in coordination with their local editors.
     * Guide and shape the execution of a major transmedia reporting project produced by the reporting team.

    * Strong structural and line-editing skills.
    * Ability to identify areas to elevate the impact of a story and create work that resonates with readers.
    * Excellent communication skills, including a gift for diplomacy.
    * Demonstrated leadership or management experience overseeing a team.
    * Strong news judgment and adherence to the highest ethical standards that represent the unbiased values of FRONTLINE.


Bachelor’s degree preferred.

WGBH is an equal opportunity employer. The community and audience we serve is diverse, and we wish to foster that diversity in our workplace. Toward that end, WGBH does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment or promotion on the basis of race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap or disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Contact Information
WGBH Human Resources
Boston, MA 02134
United States
Ph: 555-555-5555

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