We’re looking for an editor with a keen ear and deft touch to help our growing newsroom do great work. It’s an exciting time for KUER, and 2020 will be a big year for us with the presidential election, a gubernatorial race that should bring national attention and congressional campaigns amid a period of rapid growth and expansion in Utah. It will also be our 60th year on the air.
We’re pursuing more watchdog and investigative reporting, including national collaborations, partnering to localize national stories and joining a pilot program that offers editing support for investigative projects.
At KUER, we’re committed to diversity and fostering young journalists. We will host a NextGen Radio cohort in July, and we continue to develop an “intern culture” for the two students who help us out each semester. Last year we also hosted a NPR Kroc fellow.
With that in mind, we’re looking for the right editor to join our team and keep the momentum going.
The editor of news reports to KUER’s managing editor in the production of compelling, thought-provoking work, building KUER’s brand as a trustworthy voice in Utah and the West.
This editor is responsible for the quality of the final product of local news content in Morning Edition and All Things Considered with an emphasis on daily news, digital publishing as well as long-form storytelling and feature reporting, as assigned. The editor also manages the work of reporters and producers in on-going and new projects and programs for KUER. In this capacity, the editor works closely with the news director, managing editor and KUER’s hosts and reporters. During the upcoming year, the editor will join the news director, managing editor and program director in re-imagining local content in All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
The ideal candidate is a skilled storyteller and audio editor with strong attention to detail and a digital focus. This position requires solid project management skills with the ability to lead and build consensus in a fast-paced environment. The editor for news should be a collaborative and capable leader who can work with people across the newsroom in both audio and digital formats, across multiple departments at KUER and with partner newsrooms in Utah, as well as regional and national networks and programs.
Creative storytelling ability is a must, as is a dedication to presenting a diverse array of voices – in gender, ethnicity, geography and philosophy, among others. This candidate is an excellent communicator with a passion for public radio and podcasting, equally comfortable in breaking news situations and long-term projects. This person must always remain firmly rooted in the ethics and standards of public media. Read about our commitment to diversity here.
? Ensure the highest level of editorial quality and integrity in local programming
? Coordinate with newsroom leaders in daily news, long-range projects and special event coverage
? Collaborate with the news director, managing editor and program director to build audience for KUER
Duties of the editor of news include:
? Supervising reporters
? Editing radio stories, specifically spot news, and features and long-form audio as assigned
? Working collaboratively with departments across KUER, from marketing to major gifts, from digital development to audio production
? Producing and covering breaking news as assigned
? Maintaining editorial standards of accuracy, ethics, balance and diversity
? Working to diversify voices in on-air coverage
? Participating in meetings of the KUER news teams and, when necessary, broader management team meetings
? Representing KUER at professional and public events as assigned
? Participating in station fund-raising activities as needed
This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Journalism, or a related field, or equivalency, plus three years of directly related experience required.
Department Specific Qualifications:
Three to six years of progressively more responsible management experience.
Experience should include public broadcasting news management, familiarity with public radio news and public affairs program offerings and a minimum of three years of public radio experience.
Background knowledge of hiring department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors.
Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of the department.