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Senior Content Editor

Post Date:Aug 05, 2021Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - Iowa - Des Moines Job Reference:
Job Description:

Iowa Public Radio is searching for a Senior Content Editor as part of our collaboration with NPR’s Midwest Newsroom.  You’ll join a great team of reporters in our Des Moines newsroom as well as being part of a regional newsroom focused on investigative journalism. 

We’re looking for a Senior Content Editor who understands how to use multimedia tools to present compelling investigative reporting for audio and digital formats.  The successful applicant will work with the Midwest Newsroom’s regional investigative team, partner station staff and NPR to oversee audio and digital content and social media strategy. 

The partners in this collaboration are Iowa Public Radio, KCUR and St. Louis Public Radio in Missouri, Nebraska Public Media, Harvest Public Media, the Kansas News Service and NPR.  The team includes an investigative reporter, data journalist, investigative editor and managing editor.  The Senior Content Editor will report to the Managing Editor.

The preferred location for this position is at Iowa Public Radio’s Des Moines office.  Des Moines regularly shows up on Top Ten lists of great places to live for recreation, low cost of living, and more. It has a great selection of restaurants and brew pubs. Des Moines has numerous music festivals each year and a few hundred miles of connected bike trails that will take you from downtown, though the suburbs, and into the countryside.

This is a 24-month position that cannot be guaranteed beyond the grant period.


  • $72,000


  • Comprehensive benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life, LTD, retirement plan, immediate accrual of vacation (16 hours monthly) and sick (12 hours monthly) time


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience;
  • Experience producing and editing in-depth journalism, preferably investigative work;
  • Experience reporting and editing audio features and long-form audio storytelling;
  • Experience managing special projects;
  • Familiarity with data visualization and using a variety of visual tools to help tell and illustrate stories online;
  • Strong leadership and management skills, including the ability to collaborate with colleagues in a variety of remote locations as well as in person;
  • Ability to think strategically, set goals and use metrics to track progress;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • Commitment to editorial standards of accuracy, thoroughness, ethics, balance and diversity;
  • Ability to exercise sound news judgment;
  • Ability to solve problems, manage complexity and be resilient; and
  • Ability to communicate concisely and effectively.


  • Knowledge of the issues, cultures, people, geography and news opportunities in the Midwest;
  • Experience editing video; and
  • Experience leading or participating in multi-partner collaborations.


Please submit application materials to  Inquiries may be sent to

For full consideration, applications must include the following:

  1. Cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three (3) professional references.
  2. Links to three (3) multimedia stories/projects that you reported, produced or edited.  For each, please briefly describe your role in the story/project (e.g. “I was the lead editor on this project” or “I was on the reporting team for this project”).
  3. Examples of three (3) multimedia stories/projects produced by a news organization (not your own) that you think are compelling and impactful examples of investigative journalism.  For each example, please explain your reasoning in no more than two (2) paragraphs.

Applications must be received by 5 pm Monday, September 13, 2021.  Employment is contingent upon the successful outcome of a background check.

Iowa Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Contact Information
Iowa Public Radio
2111 Grand Ave. Ste. 100
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

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