KPCC Seeks Editor, Housing and Homelessness

Mar 12, 2019

The homelessness crisis is one of the biggest issues facing Southern Californians. We're looking for an editor with a passion for public service journalism to craft Southern California Public Radio's (SCPR) coverage of this critical issue, as well other key topics relating to how we live. You'll oversee 4-5 reporters and take on the mission of directing strategy and execution of team coverage of homelessness.

This editor should embrace an audience-first approach that engages and responds to our readers and listeners questions and concerns. You'll also help your team identify key questions within their beats and report the answers from multiple angles and multiple platforms (radio, digital and live events).

We're looking for storytelling that is innovative, insightful and in-depth. To be successful, you must have sharp news chops, the ability to lead and bring out the best in people. This editor will act like a mini-publisher in the newsroom, working closely with the Managing Editor to coordinate coverage of the homelessness crisis across beats and shows, as well as with the investigative, product and on-demand (podcast) teams.

What does success look like? Your team's stories break new ground, hold officials accountable for taxpayer funds being spent and make people care.

This posting has an application deadline of March, 29, 2019 (10pm PST).

In your cover letter, please share your favorite piece of work and what made it special.

Position Responsibility:

  • Oversee broadcast and digital content for SCPR, helping to maintain our high journalistic standards.
  • Assist in newsroom planning for SCPR.
  • Assign daily and feature stories to reporters. Edit all copy and tape, audition actualities and other sound elements and provide final approval for broadcast.
  • Edit digital copy and assist reporters in developing digital stories, sidebars and special projects.
  • Write and produce stories as needed.
  • Work collaboratively to support program staff and newscasters. Participate in editorial projects and special programming.
  • Work in coordination with newscasts, shows and digital producers on homelessness coverage and to maintain planning calendar.
  • Provide clear guidance, feedback and supervision to assigned staff. This includes both editorial aspects as well as performance assessment.
  • Work with other members of the management team to provide strong, consistent leadership of the department.
  • Assist in development and implementation of editorial and programming policies to achieve consistent, reliable quality and depth.
  • Hire, supervise, train and manage direct staff through coaching, mentorship, performance meetings and on-going feedback. Involve HR on performance issues as needed.
  • Foster a creative and productive work environment. Create development opportunities and individualized development plans for staff and training to enhance skills and foster growth.
  • Assess performance of assigned staff by establishing standards, working to encourage professional development.
  • Represent newsroom internally and externally.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, English, or similar field; OR equivalent work experience.
  • 2 years editing or equivalent experience, including experience of managing the work of others.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in reporting.
  • Experience in audio storytelling.
  • Experience in breaking news coverage.
  • Experience in maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness.
  • Some experience providing work direction or supervisory experience.
  • Some experience assigning stories and editing copy.
  • Experience with digital audio editing systems.
  • Experience with Internet news production and presentation.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong writing, editing, and radio production skills (or the ability and willingness to learn such skills) essential.
  • Knowledge of broadcast journalism.
  • Knowledge of public radio.
  • Experience using Lexis/Nexis.
  • Experience using social media to cover breaking news events.
  • Knowledge of radio, web, and print style.
  • Ability to make quick command decisions.
  • Ability to effectively execute multiple assignments on deadline.
  • Leadership and personnel skills and ability to develop high performing teams.
  • Ability to motivate, train and grow employees.
  • Ability to consistently work well with others and to inspire and lead the staff.
  • Ability to work collegially and creatively with staff and colleagues at all levels of experience.
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish assigned tasks and goals.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages commonly used in Southern California.
  • Business reporting experience.

Reporting To This Position:       4-5 Reporter positions

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Physical Demands:
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.
  • Working Conditions:
  • Moderate noise level

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

Apply online HERE.

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