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Managing Editor, MPR News

Post Date:Dec 18, 2020Type:Full time
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Location: United States - Minnesota - St. Paul Job Reference:
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Who We Are:

The mission of American Public Media Group (APMG) is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences and assisting them in strengthening their communities.  We aspire to be the leader in creating trusted and meaningful listening experiences with and for curious people, and we seek to create a diverse, inclusive culture focused on growth and outcomes to serve our audiences. 

APMG's primary operating divisions Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and American Public Media offer multi-regional FM broadcast channels, website, mobile and social media channels, live events, national content creation and distribution. Together, these divisions operate 49 public radio stations and 42 translators serving regional audiences in eight states from Minnesota, Michigan and the Upper Midwest to Idaho and California; distribute a portfolio of more than twenty national programs reaching nearly 20MM listeners weekly through 1,000 radio stations; serve rapidly growing audiences on digital, social and mobile platforms; and produce an increasing and diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, mental health, water, early brain development, business and investigative journalism. 

Your Role:

This is your chance to lead a top public media news team. Minnesota Public Radio News is seeking an experienced editorial leader to join our award-winning newsroom, the only statewide public media network in Minnesota. We are committed to being the leader in creating trusted and meaningful listening experiences with and for curious people. We seek to create a more ambitious, diverse and inclusive culture focused on growth and journalism that better serve our audiences.  Along with the MPR president and the MPR News program director, you will champion the development of a vision and effective strategy to strengthen the newsroom’s journalism and culture as well as its ability to better understand and reflect the diverse communities we cover and serve.

This position is central to the success of our strategic priority to grow and diversify our audience through better understanding listeners’ needs and interests.  The managing editor will play a pivotal role in shaping and executing our strategic priorities from superior content creation and curation to leading our staff to fully harness the technological tools and practices essential to growing engagement and relevance in a dynamic digital landscape. Simply put, this is one of the best leadership roles in public media. From the resources we have to do consistently excellent work and the supportive members and other listeners who depend on us to help them make sense of the world to the opportunities to elevate our work and deepen our community connections, the managing editor will have a huge impact on our company and our region.     

You should be a seasoned journalist with a strong editorial vision and significant leadership experience who fosters a performance-management culture that brings out the best in our talented staff. You’re a creative and collaborative leader who can motivate and inspire reporters and editors to break news and provide the distinctive, thoughtful coverage our curious audience expects. Our audience trusts us to provide insightful, independent, fact-based journalism that holds people and institutions accountable, and you will be the ethical compass for the room, ensuring that our ethics guidelines are infused into everything we do. 

You should be experienced in and committed to our strategic goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects our changing state. (Minnesota is approaching 20 percent Black, Indigenous and People of Color and the Twin Cities metro area is approaching 30 percent BIPOC). You should share our newsroom's commitment to covering the many growing diverse communities across our state, and our commitment to report authentic stories that resonate and enlighten. MPR News helped organize a statewide conference on changing racial narratives in media called "Truth & Transformation", and we partner with news organizations committed to covering immigrants and communities of color in an inclusive way.

As the managing editor, you will lead multiple parts of the MPR Newsroom. You will be accountable for editorial decisions on all MPR News platforms. You should have a vision that will motivate the reporting teams to produce distinctive journalism, and you will lead the planning, execution and communication of our news coverage plans. Your team of more than 40 reporters, photojournalists and editors includes four direct reports who are responsible for managing coverage on their areas: planning daily news coverage, editing stories, and overseeing digital journalism and engagement. You will work closely with the program director, who oversees the work of more than 30 newsroom staff members, including our hosts, producers, meteorologists and newscasters.

You must stay current with media consumer trends, metrics and competitors, with the goal of growing our broadcast and digital audience. You are expected to be a thought leader within the company and the public media system on multimedia strategy and audience response. This position requires a highly creative, collaborative, innovative, and disciplined leader who is well-versed in modern, digital journalism, existing and emerging digital content platforms and new products. You must be at the forefront of social media and the adoption of new tools and stay abreast of emerging opportunities to engage with audiences.

This position reports to the president of MPR and requires collaboration with other MPR leaders who oversee key areas of the company, including: Audience Insights, Broadcast Operations, The Current, Classical MPR, Communications, Community Engagement, Community and Government Relations, Development, Digital Products, Diversity and Inclusion, Finance, Events, Human Resources, Marketing, Membership, Technology and Underwriting Sales.

Compensation Range: $101, 100-$151, 500 annually. Exact salary determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Your Role:

  • Set an editorial vision to inspire the room to produce distinctive journalism on all platforms.
  • Manage daily decision-making, planning and communicating daily news coverage.
  • Collaborate with all newsroom editors to plan story deadlines, and with the digital and audio teams to effectively roll out stories on all platforms.
  • Work closely with other MPR departments, including audience insights, to better understand our news audience and how audiences are consuming our news products across platforms.
  • Hire, supervise, coach, train and manage staff.
  • Establish a culture of engagement, fostering innovation and inspiring creativity and collaboration across the organization.
  • Align job responsibilities and staff skills to maximize effectiveness.
  • Work to recruit and retain journalists of color and journalists of varying cultural backgrounds (on air, online, and production).
  • Foster a creative and productive work environment.  Create development opportunities and individual development plans and training to enhance skills and foster growth.
  • Coach and mentor staff on reporting, writing and delivery.
  • Ensure that MPR News leads the region in quality, scope, and depth of its journalism, on the air and online
  • Create related new offerings online, through live in-person events, virtual events, podcasts and other emerging technology, with support from other departments
  • Forge partnerships and broker relationships with external parties and partners who can advance MPR’s news and public affairs mission
  • Collaborate/integrate workflow with digital/social communications staff to achieve effective integration of radio and Web services for growing audiences on all delivery platforms, including On-Demand listening
  • Collaborate with content leaders across the APMG companies on shared Content Initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from accredited university, preferably in journalism, or equivalent work experience.
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience in editing, broadcast, print or online journalism.
  • 5+ years of supervisory/management experience.
  • Track record of hiring, developing and retaining journalists from a diverse mix of backgrounds.
  • Experience/accomplishment in multimedia reporting.
  • Commitment to growing and understanding audience behaviors.
  • Knowledge of content management systems.
  • Experience developing and implementing content plans.
  • Experience in planning and managing ambitious projects in a fast-paced news environment, coordinating with the efforts of broadcast staff and web developers, and tracking long-term project timelines and deliverables while maintaining an ambitious daily news cycle.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Proven editorial judgment with a commitment to accuracy, fairness and balance. 
  • Ability to work across a range of skills and in a flexible manner, carrying out responsibilities in accordance with MPR’s mission, values and professional standards.
  • Ability to prioritize work and make resource decisions accordingly. 
  • Excellent coaching, communication and teamwork skills. 
  • Commitment to public service journalism.
  • Familiarity with and appreciation of public radio.
  • Knowledge of the law and its application to a nonprofit news service.
  • Ability to motivate, train and grow employees.
  • Ability to consistently work well with others and to inspire and lead staff.
  • Ability to interact and represent the newsroom to other divisions and to the public.
  • Ability to advocate for newsroom throughout the organization and with outside groups.
  • Commitment to high editorial standards.
  • Ability to collaborate with outside organizations.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrated success as a broadcast programmer and leader, ideally in public media.
  • Demonstrated passion for public radio and related digital-social-mobile programming, and an understanding of its potential for public service delivery, communications, audience development, service, and revenue growth.
  • Broadcast experience highly desirable.
  • Proven success as an inspiring, empowering leader who is committed to employee growth and development.
  • Extensive personal experience as a consumer/user of digital-social-mobile media, publishing, and other electronic information and emerging communication technologies.
  • Knowledge of Live Events as potential for audience engagement and service.

Reporting to This Position:         

  • Managing Editor, Enterprise
  • Deputy Managing Editor, Afternoon News
  • Deputy Editor, Digital
  • Politics Editor
  • Other editors as assigned

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time.
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level. 


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.



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Contact Information
Minnesota Public Radio
480 Cedar St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
United States

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