Job Description:

Who We Are:

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media network whose mission is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service on air at 89.3 KPCC, online at and through KPCC In Person. Since our founding in 1999, SCPR has been a fast growing, innovative, multi-platform public service newsroom. Every day, our staff helps audiences catch up on the latest headlines, solve the complexities of life in Southern California, and connect curious communities to one another.


Position Summary:

We are seeking a news editor with a track record of driving a digital audience to quality journalism and a passion for delivering top headlines with creativity and thoughtfulness. This editor will work closely with our daily news team and assignment editors to publish a robust report on that reflects the full scope of our newsroom’s work across platforms.


The Editor, Breaking News will work with a dedicated team of journalists. The candidate will have a passion for daily news and share our commitment to deliver innovative and insightful storytelling. To be successful, they must have strong news judgment, the ability to move quickly on assignments and edits, and a desire to bring out the best in people.


The Editor, Breaking News should demonstrate sharp digital publishing chops from headline writing to SEO to a vision for how our homepage and social media will promote our work. Together with our push for enterprise and investigative reporting and our commitment to explaining L.A., our newsroom is poised to make another major leap forward as a leading news organization in Southern California.


We’re known as leaders in engaged journalism, an approach that prioritizes listening to community members and responding to their questions and concerns. This extends into our daily reporting, and this editor will be expected to understand and embrace this approach.



The salary for this opportunity will be no less than $85,230 annualized. Exact salary determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.


Position Responsibility:

  • Lead role for driving publication of stories on, working closely with other editors to determine the assignments of the day.
  • Maintain a daily news calendar and be involved in long-term planning.
  • Play a key role in keeping the newsroom on track to meet audience growth goals.
  • Edit stories for
  • Understand and deploy our promise to practice diversity, equity, and inclusion in how we assign, report, edit, produce, and distribute our journalism.
  • Participate in the editorial leadership team, helping plan and execute coverage across desks, develop new approaches for cross-platform reporting.
  • Provide clear guidance, feedback, and supervision to assigned staff. This includes editorial and 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.
  • Provide clear direction to direct staff through coaching, mentorship, performance meetings and on-going feedback. Involve senior managers and 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.
  • Represent the newsroom internally and externally.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Two years editing or equivalent experience, including experience of managing the work of others. Minimum of 5 years’ experience in reporting.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Experience in maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness.
  • Some experience providing work direction or supervisory experience.
  • Experience assigning stories and editing copy.
  • Experience with digital news production and presentation.
  • Strong writing and editing are essential, as is a demonstrated ability to know when and how to amplify coverage (i.e. invest more time and resources in stories) to grow audience.
  • Knowledge of broadcast journalism and public radio, or ability and willingness to learn.
  • Knowledge of radio, digital, and print style (AP and our internal style guide), or ability and willingness to learn.
  • Ability to make decisions on deadline, direct coverage, and communicate effectively with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Ability to effectively execute multiple assignments on deadline.
  • Leadership and personnel skills and ability to develop high-performing teams.
  • A strong commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to consistently work well with others and to inspire and lead the staff.
  • Strong communication skills and passion for building community relationships via networking both in-person and through social media/online.
  • Ability to develop complex story ideas that provide analysis and add context.
  • Ability to use non-traditional approaches, and community engagement tools/methods, crowdsourcing and digital newsgathering techniques, including curation and aggregation.
  • Well-established contacts and knowledge of the journalism community.
  • Commitment to public service journalism.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with digital audio editing systems is welcome but not required.
  • Experience reporting or editing in Southern California preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages commonly used in Southern California.


Reporting To This Position:   At least four direct reports, with a dotted line to more


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.

Job Location: 
Pasadena, CA
United States
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Full time
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