Executive Managing Editor – Regional Journalism Collaboration for Sustainability

Oct 20, 2017

A new regional journalism collaboration among five leading public media outlets in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Denver is seeking an Executive Managing Editor . The Regional Journalism Collaboration, which will focus on in-depth coverage of sustainability issues, will be based at Arizona PBS in Phoenix. Partner stations include PBS SoCal and KPCC Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles, Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver and KJZZ in Phoenix.
The RJC for Sustainability, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is a new news entity comprised of 20 full-time and part-time journalism professionals with expertise in platforms (digital, radio and television) and function (beat reporting, community engagement, data journalism, editing, entrepreneurship, explanatory journalism, finance, innovation, interactives, investigative reporting, leadership, producing, revenue generation and social media).

Journalists in the RJC focus on emerging solutions to many of humanity’s most pressing challenges: water, renewable energy, climate change and urbanization.

The combined reach of the RJC partner stations is approximately 8.9 million TV households and 15 million radio households. Work produced by the team will be distributed nationally via broadcast and digital public media platforms.

This position is funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and may terminate when funding is no longer available.

Essential Duties:

The Executive Managing Editor will work on a daily basis with correspondents and producers at each partner station, providing editorial leadership, coordinating and editing assignments and working with the rest of the RJC team on platform distribution, data and digital elements, social media and community engagement, and revenue and sustainability planning.

In addition, the Executive Managing Editor will work with top students at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, who will be contributing cross-platform sustainability reporting each day.

The Executive Managing Editor will report to the RJC Oversight Committee of leaders at each RJC partner organization and will be based at Arizona PBS in downtown Phoenix. Arizona PBS is operated by the Cronkite School and is one of the nation’s largest public media platforms.

The successful candidate will be a journalist of the highest caliber with strong newsroom experience, an innovative thinker who doesn’t just accept change but leads it with energy and imagination and someone who is comfortable making decisions and working across teams and platforms in a dynamic news environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and five (5) years of related experience; OR, any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:  

Seven (7) years of news experience

Experience leading a news unit or organization

Experience delivering news on multiple platforms

Experience working in or with public media

Evidence of leading and responding to innovation and change

Evidence of effective organizational, communication and strategic skills

Evidence of effective written and verbal communication skills

Demonstrated editorial judgment and experience in interacting with clients and the public

Working Environment:

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for  varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work. Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions.

How to Apply: 

Application deadline is 3:00 PM Arizona time on November 10, 2017.

Application procedure: Materials must include: 1) a resume, 2) Examples of stories or projects which the candidate edited, with an explanation of their role in the project and 3) names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

Full statements and details are available HERE.