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KQED sees a digital editor, climate

February 8, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

KQED News is looking for someone who’s passionate about shaping stories and sharing solutions about climate change for digital audiences.

This is a web editor role, but we know that web informs social media and social visuals (and vice versa), so any experience you have in those spaces is a plus. KQED has a wealth of climate science expertise – what we need is someone who can deliver the digital expertise through sharp writing, accuracy, SEO skills, but is also connected to the concerns of younger generations who have been the most passionate about climate change.

This editor will work closely with our senior climate editor and report to the managing editor of digital news. They will also edit health and science coverage and local news as needed.

The ideal candidate should also be communicative, collaborative and extremely organized, and able to prioritize under time constraints with grace and accuracy. They should be well accustomed to working in fast-paced environments.

This editor will coordinate and edit science news, including short-form, quick-turn stories done on a daily or weekly basis, longer topical features, as well as, ambitious journalism projects, per the discretion of the editor’s supervisor. Other duties include bulletproofing stories with data and shaping interactive elements.

The ideal candidate excels at writing engaging and effective display copy such as headlines, sub-headlines, summaries and captions.

Essential Functions:

  • Takes editing assignments and direction from Supervising Senior Editor, News & Newscasts, and Managing Editor, Digital; Senior Editor, Climate and Health team; and Supervising Senior Editor of Race and Equity.
  • Pitches stories, assigns and delivers edits in a timely manner to meet digital needs as determined by team leaders.
  • Helps to write or edit highly effective headlines, excerpts and copy that is accurate, compelling, engaging and SEO friendly.
  • Fact-checks with reporter — or editor — and sources as needed.
  • Ensures text is consistent with KQED style guidelines.
  • Provides production support and expertise for stories on and
  • Oversees and/or project manages series and projects, and their producers.
  • Offers topical expertise and editing guidance to all editors in the newsroom as it pertains to stories in production.
  • Offers topical expertise and editing guidance to reporters on these topic areas.
  • Edits text and photo content for the web, mobile and social media, ensuring that articles make sequential and logical sense, and ensuring accuracy of images and captions
  • Communicates clearly with reporters, editors and staff.
  • Works with audience engagement and platforms teams to develop platform-specific content

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Excellent writing and editing and story organization skills; science news judgment; and organizational skills to work in briskly paced, multi-platform news operation.
  • Ability to edit in variety of publishing platforms and mediums (web, mobile, photography, video)
  • Thorough knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics and standards.
  • Thorough knowledge of copyright laws.
  • Strong communications and reporting skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with both experienced and newer reporters.
  • Demonstrated ability to center people from marginalized communities in stories.
  • Ability to excel under intense deadline pressure.
  • Experience with investigative, enterprise or data stories and projects; climate, health or science content; basic HTML; social media tools and platforms to maximize reach and impact.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Proven capacity to identify opportunities for stories of high relevance to audiences.
  • Familiarity with and interest in optimizing language for social media and engagement platforms.
  • Ability to provide science and health expertise inside KQED and in the broader community.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with radio and audio teams.

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Working knowledge of the 9-county Bay Area and California preferred.
  • Working knowledge of a range of significant regional and state-wide public affairs subjects such as government and politics, the economy, education, health, immigration, legal affairs, the environment, transportation, and the arts preferred.
  • Experience working in a demographically diverse news environment is strongly desired.
  • Non-english language skills are a plus.

Salary: $80,448-$100,560 Annually

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