NPR seeks chief business editor
The Senior Supervising Editor for Business is NPR’s Chief business editor with overall operational and editorial responsibility for business and economics coverage on all platforms: news magazines, newscast, web, and social media.
He/she supervises assignments and provides editorial guidance to a team of business reporters, correspondents and editors across the country.
The position also advises NPR shows, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and coordinates editorial content closely with the Planet Money podcast team.
This includes preparation of material on all platforms, overseeing the editorial integrity and quality of content, monitoring and evaluating staff performance, recommending new hires and providing editorial support to the Executive Editor. This position will be responsible for a team and report to the Executive Editor.
Essential Duties Include:
- Provides overall responsibility for editorial planning and coordination of coverage.
- Tracks ongoing flow of business news, maintains contacts with news sources, keeps current with topics of interest to the desk and maintains files of future events and issues.
- Maintains internal contacts and assists program producers in achieving consistent, accurate and balanced coverage on all platforms.
- Has regular discussions with business reporting team about story ideas, helps shape the content and scope of story proposals, suggests stories and specific areas of inquiry and makes final assignments.
- Ensures that all material aired and published meets NPR programs’ standards and practices, including standards of fairness, objectivity and balance.
- Listens to prepared stories, suggests changes that make pieces concise, coherent, comprehensive and interesting, copy edits stories and writes material as needed. Determines when a story is ready for air.
- When necessary, heads team of production staff working on special projects.
- Supervises assignments and provides editorial guidance to staff, station and freelance reporters and production staff.
- Works with hosts, NewsDesk, digital media and other staff to determine proper approach to stories, subjects to be discussed and treated, and individuals to be interviewed. Assists hosts and staff in establishing contacts.
- Acts as liaison to shows, desks, Newscast and online.
- Supervises preparation of air and online material and is responsible for editorial integrity and quality of that material.
- Tracks station, freelance and staff submissions and assignments.
- Ensures that speculative submissions from stations and freelancers are auditioned to determine suitability for airing.
- Regularly has critical discussions about pieces with reporters and editors, and with the Executive Editor, as appropriate.
- Makes hiring and salary recommendations for staff members under his or her supervision, in consultation with the Executive Editor.
- Responsible for preparing performance reviews for assigned staff member.
- Assists in planning and monitoring the business unit’s annual budgets and in monitoring current spending.
- Coordinates business unit staff schedules, submits and approves time sheets and maintains other personnel records as needed.
- Responsible for tracking overtime and travel expenditures.
- Directly supervises other editor; assumes additional workload of other editors when they are away.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
- A minimum of 15 years’ experience as a news reporter or editor, including demonstrated experience covering business and economics, including:
- Investigative stories, including the generation of story ideas and the research and development of such stories.
- Feature reports, including the development of topics and the organization and presentation of lengthy articles or programs.
- Considerable knowledge of:
- Business and economics, including, but not limited to: personal finance, innovation, global markets, key industries, technology and manufacturing.
- Thorough knowledge of news and feature reporting techniques and demonstrated writing ability, across multiple platforms.
- Demonstrated experience overseeing editorial output for social media and digital platforms.
- Demonstrated collaborated approach to newsgathering and story presentation across platforms.
- Considerable skill in both news and feature editing.
- Demonstrated skill in oral presentation.
- Understanding and use of principles of effective management.
- Thorough knowledge of broadcast writing and audio production.
- Occasional daily and/or overnight travel maybe required
- Extensive business news experience.
- Broadcast and specifically radio news experience
- Previous managerial experience.
Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
To apply, go here.