Side Effects Public Media Seeks Managing Editor

Mar 26, 2018

Full Time Salaried Permanent Position


The Managing Editor provides editorial leadership for Side Effects Public Media, a regional collaboration including six public radio stations, headquartered at WFYI. The position manages a team of reporters who produce outstanding enterprise journalism that brings to light important public health issues in Indiana and the central Midwest.

Major Responsibilities

  • Edits, mentors and trains reporters to develop excellent enterprise reporting on health, suitable for carriage on stations throughout the region and republication in newspapers.
  • Develops coverage plans, and guides reporting and story planning.
  • Edits radio stories and web text and directs visual presentation of digital stories.
  • Provides editorial oversight for Side Effects web site and related social channels, guiding the work of the Multimedia Reporter/Editor.
  • Edits health-related spot news aired on Indiana’s public radio stations.
  • Works with the Community Engagement Specialist to develop community engagement efforts that reflect and support Side Effects journalism and local community needs.
  • Works with Impact and Distribution Manager to ensure budgets, deliverables, and funder reporting are timely and accurate, and to contribute language and ideas for promotional and fundraising efforts.
  • Works with Chief Content Officer to assess and refine Side Effects long-term strategy as a collaboration and regional news service.
  • Works with News Director and Chief Content Officer to contribute health content to other platforms, including WFYI’s radio shows, TV channel and digital platforms.
  • Cultivates and maintains strong relationships with NPR News editors and national show editors and pitches reporter’s stories to these outlet;
  • Maintains strong relationships with station partner newsroom managers.
  • Contributes editorial support to WFYI’s local news team, covering a variety of topics. Will provide special editorial support on longer term enterprise projects on an occasional, as needed basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or equivalent work experience required.
  • A minimum of five years in progressively responsible journalistic or editorial leadership roles.
  • Demonstrated professional experience in editing and producing audio stories and in writing and/or editing news articles for print/web publication.
  • Experience with social media platforms, and community engagement tools preferred.
  • Ability to excel in a team environment with a high level of personal motivation.
  • High energy and passion for WFYI Public Media mission and core values of: Operating with unquestionable integrity; collaborating with each other and with community partners; respecting everyone; serving with humility; embracing change; delivering excellence every day.
  • Expertise in public health, health policy, or social or health sciences preferred.
  • Master’s degree in Journalism, communications, or related media studies preferred.
  • Editorial management experience within public media organizations preferred.

How to Apply

Send cover letter (including salary requirements) and resume to, Human Resources, WFYI, 1630 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, on or before Monday, April 15, 2018.