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WGBH

Editor, Education


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Post Date:Sep 13, 2022Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:$90,000 - 110,000
Location: United States - Massachusetts - Boston Job Reference:
Job Description:

 

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

GBH News is a multiplatform local newsroom headquartered in Boston. Through in-depth, high-quality journalism, our goal is to inform, educate, and enlighten our audience. We cover the immediate news of the day and issues and developments that shape our community and culture. GBH News broadcasts and streams local, national, and international news, produces local talk shows and publishes a wide variety of locally sourced news online. We aim to reflect the diverse communities we serve in our journalism and newsroom culture.

 

JOB OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Managing/Executive Editor, the Education Editor will oversee our higher education desk, K-12 desk and two other beat reporters to be determined. The grant-funded higher ed desk (“On Campus”) consists of a reporter and a production assistant. This desk aims to lead the national conversation about higher education, drawing on the rich concentration of colleges in Massachusetts and, at times, reporting trips across New England, the country or even abroad. The desk’s major theme is “the future of higher education,” which includes such topics as the financial viability of smaller colleges, price/value proposition of a college education and issues surrounding diversity on campuses.  The K-12 desk (“Learning Curve”), comprised of a reporter and an intern, focuses on local schools’ core responsibilities for teaching and learning, particularly students who are behind on achievement metrics—those who are low-income, special needs, English learners and students of color. Both desks produce news features and spot news stories, with the balance leaning toward in-depth feature stories that illuminate broad issues and break new interpretive ground.

This is an exciting opportunity to join Boston’s fastest growing newsroom and help shape its distinctive coverage of a subject of wide interest to our audience. The Education Editor will consult with beat reporters to identify salient feature stories and compelling news stories of the moment and see them through to timely production on digital and radio platforms. We’re looking for an editor who can see the “big picture,” plan coverage of impactful stories and coach reporters through their assignments.

The ideal candidate should be an analytical thinker who understands the audiences we are trying to reach and approaches journalism with a fresh perspective so that those audiences see themselves in our journalism. In addition, the education editor should understand digital and radio platforms and be capable of helping reporters hone their storytelling skills for each platform. As a member of the newsroom’s senior team, he/she must also have excellent management, communication and leadership skills.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Make considered, collaborative decisions about which stories to assign reporters in order to produce impactful, distinctive coverage

  • Edit feature and news stories for radio and digital

  • Manage the flow and placement of feature and news stories

  • Plan long-term projects and in-depth series on major issues

  • Work with external partners and collaborators to bring more diverse audiences into our storytelling and amplify our features work

  • Develop the skills of the higher ed production assistant as a reporter and/or producer

  • Monitor deliverables under higher ed grant and help develop related reports and applications

  • Participate in newsroom leadership meetings to help shape overall coverage and the mix of education stories 

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Skills:
SKILL SET

Strong news judgment and understanding of what makes a good feature

Well-developed sense of journalistic ethics and quality standards

Comfortable working with short- and long-term deadlines and competing priorities

Deep understanding of digital and radio platforms and ability to flex edit across verticals

Coaching to get the best work and storytelling from reporters

Excellent communication and leadership skills

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EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.

10+ years of experience as a reporter and/or editor

At least 3 years of experience editing or reporting features or other long-form stories

At least 3 years of experience editing or reporting for two or more platforms – radio, web, television, podcast etc.

A solid track record of developing distinctive, enterprise and exclusive stories

JOB SPECIFICS

Staff position


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Contact Information
WGBH
Alyssa Mullen-Zidik
1 Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135
United States
Ph: 6173003750
Email/URL: https://publicmedia.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/WGBH_Careers/job/Boston/Editor--Education_R001940
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