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News Editor, Politics

Post Date:Apr 05, 2022Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:Salary plus benefits, DOQ
Location: United States - Oregon - Portland Job Reference:1129
Job Description:

Application instructions for this and all current OPB employment opportunities are available at OPB's careers page.


About OPB

OPB is a leader in public media, serving diverse communities of the Northwest with fact-based, in-depth news and information about politics, the environment, science, arts, history, and cultures; business, education and more. Powered by the generous support of members, OPB seeks out a variety of voices in our communities and lifts up authentic stories of the people, places, events and issues of the region, providing context and a deeper understanding. OPB’s independent journalism and programs are available at opb.org, on OPB Radio and OPB TV. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook


The Opportunity

OPB is hiring a News Editor to support our skilled reporters in covering government and politics throughout Oregon and SW Washington. Our newsroom includes ~30 staff and works closely with other content teams to ensure the news reflects the importance in our region. We use a collaborative process between our editors and reporters in which editors coach journalists through new projects, build beats and stories in partnership and support their growth and development.

OPB’s government and politics team produces a mix of daily breaking news, mid-range enterprise reporting and deep-dive investigations that can take months to report and write, as well as the weekly podcast, OPB Politics Now. The editor of this team will receive ample support from other OPB editors and the vice president for news, but needs to be comfortable handling a range of story formats and styles and moving fluidly from the rigors of leading the team through the grind of a legislative session to broader project management. 

We know that not every candidate will have experience in all of these areas, and we are willing to coach and train! We’re seeking candidates who are passionate about politics, particularly the public service element of our work. If you are eager to grow and take on new challenges, this is your chance!


Position Details

This editor leads OPB’s politics and government team, assigning and editing stories for reporters for the radio and the web, planning and leading coverage of elections and breaking news on government and politics beats and ensuring OPB’s coverage sets the standard for our region. They serve as executive producer of the weekly podcast OPB Politics Now and they both appear on and script segments with reporters on OPB newsmagazines. This position serves as a member of OPB’s news editing team and reports to the Vice President, News. As part of their daily duties, this editor will edit newscast items, radio and digital features and longer-term investigations and projects. 



This position plans, assigns and approves work; responds to grievances, disciplines and rewards; recommends hiring, hires, recommends salary adjustments, prepares and signs performance reviews and leads project teams for up to four employees.



75% - Supervise and edit a team of beat reporters covering government and politics in Oregon and Southwest Washington

  • Help reporters build beats and sources.
  • Provide strong guidance through stories from idea generation to final product.
  • Edit stories for radio and digital platforms, including newscast items, short web stories, enterprise and watchdog features and magazine conversations.
  • Ensure OPB’s government and political coverage is the regional leader in both speed and substance by monitoring other sources and leading iterative reporting efforts when news breaks.
  • Plan coverage of elections.
  • Ensure that reporters adhere to editorial and ethics policies, and maintain high journalistic standards to ensure that accuracy, thoroughness, and fairness are central characteristics of all content presented.
  • Embrace the mission of OPB.
  • Leads team in a way that fosters an environment of belonging and in which diverse backgrounds, experiences, ideas and work styles are valued.  
  • Supports the growth and development of team members offering coaching, recognition, and feedback to optimize performance and employee engagement.  
  • Ensures team understands their work priorities, responsibilities and contributions and how they align with department goals, organizational strategies and mission. 

20% - Executive produce the podcast OPB Politics Now, including conceiving segments, booking guests, appearing on the program and directing the show.

5% - Other duties, as assigned.


Working Conditions

Most work is done in an office, studio or other indoor location with extended periods of working at a computer. There is occasional local or regional travel required to attend events and visit bureaus as well as some evening, early morning and weekend work to ensure coverage.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  • Supervisory experience including leading and fostering a sense of belonging, guiding team through high stress situations and supporting the growth and development of employee(s). Demonstrated ability to provide editorial direction and develop a story from idea to final product.
  • Experience editing and covering hard news topics.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet daily deadlines.
  • Exceptional time management, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to recognize a wide range of stories appropriate for OPB across radio and digital platforms.
  • Ability to work with digital audio workstations and office computer software.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of OPB and for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism.
  • Experience using digital audio recording and editing equipment.
  • Experience supervising a team of reporters. 
  • Experience covering politics and government or supervising reporters covering those topics.
  • Bilingual in English and another language, preferably one spoken in communities in the Pacific Northwest (for example, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Russian). 
  • A voracious news consumer with a passion for journalism.
  • Knowledge of major stories and issues in the Northwest.


Additional Information

  • This position reports to VP, News and is benefits eligible.
  • The probable hiring range for this exempt position is between $77,000 and $87,000 annually, depending on qualifications.
  • For the safety of our employees, the contractors/vendors we work with, and the public we serve, OPB has a mandatory COVID vaccination policy and all employees are required to show proof of vaccination.


How to Apply

For application instructions, please visit OPB's careers page. You will be asked to create an account, upload your cover letter and resume and answer a few position related questions. Once you click “submit” you cannot make changes to your application.

Your application materials are due by 8:59 PM Pacific Time on April 25, 2022.

OPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Contact Information
7140 S Macadam Ave
Portland, OR 97219
United States
Email/URL: https://www.opb.org/careers

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