Reporting to the Managing Editor and in collaboration with the Deputy Managing Editor to manage the day-to-day coverage of news. The Evening News Editor oversees afternoon and overnight production of radio content and selected online content as needed. The position helps set the trends and standards for the station’s news broadcasts. The Evening News Editor must be engaging and energetic. The position also requires building trust with our award-winning reporters, producers and hosts. The Evening News Editor must also understand the importance of speed with accuracy for our newscasts as well as thinking creatively to make our scripts are active and present. The Evening News Editor must also be willing to accept feedback as well as give constructive feedback to the WABE News Team. This Evening News Editor must have flexibility in scheduling and could be asked to work nights. The traditional shift is noon-8pm. This position will also be on a weekend rotation for editing on-call once every four weeks and could be asked to fill in for other editors as needed.
- Takes hand-off from assigning editor (Managing Editor or Deputy Managing Editor) and manages afternoon and overnight news desk.
- Keeps tabs of wires and media outlets for late-breaking news.
- Writes and reports stories as needed for evening or next-day’s AM newscasts
- Oversees content for the afternoon and evening team (ATC Host and PM Producer), including setting reporter deadlines and coordinating with producers and anchors on story selection and newscast lineup.
- Adjusts assignments and makes new assignments when necessary to reflect changes in news planning and news developments during the daily news cycle and to ensure there is adequate material for AM newscasts.
- Alerts relevant departments of changes to newscast schedules as requested by Managing Editor. This includes but is not limited to Program Director, Operations, and Marketing.
- Edits daily scripts and audio for Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as other programs and departments as requested.
- Edits text for the web as requested.
- Finalizes daily production of all radio content, oversees the creation of the overnight handoff note by PM Producer for start of next day's news cycle, and sends out relevant communications to internal and outside parties as needed.
- Gathers tape, books interviews and conducts interviews for original reporting as well as other booking interviews for other reporters, hosts, producers.
- Conducts and oversees research for story assignment, development, and production.
- Works closely with Managing Editor and Deputy Managing Editor.
- Runs the newsroom in the evening, pushing for deadlines to be met, stories to be filed and other duties to maintain the high standards of live radio.
- Posts WABE news podcast and/or works with ATC Producer/ATC Host to post the daily podcast.
- Fills in for the Deputy Managing Editor and Managing Editor as needed.
- Assumes other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Five years broadcast editing production on radio news desk or equivalent news operation experience.
- B.A. degree in journalism, broadcast, mass communications or comparable media curriculum encouraged but not required.
- Experience as a reporter, producer, or editor as well as knowledge of digital and social media.
- Ability to do one’s own reporting when necessary.
- A broad knowledge of local, regional, and national issues pertinent to Atlanta audience.
- Excellent knowledge of sound editing and radio production techniques.
- Excellent news judgment.
- Excellent organizational skills to work in a multi-platform news operation.
- Ability to edit in a variety of publishing platforms and mediums (radio, web, mobile, photography, video)
- Thorough knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics and standards.
- Strong communications skills.
- Strong reporting skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work well with both veteran and new reporters.
- Ability to work under deadline pressures.
- Work with Managing Editor and Deputy Managing Editor to determine and execute newsroom goals through coverage streams, reporter beat systems, feature stories, and daily newscast content.
- Work with reporters to develop daily stories, edit scripts, and integrate audio to enhance storytelling quality and consistency.
- Generate original ideas and think creatively about how to communicate those ideas to audiences.
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed. May require walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required (up to 10 lbs.), filing documents, laptop, or store materials throughout the workday. Proper lifting techniques required. For the most part ambient room temperatures, lighting and traditional office equipment as found in a typical office environment. Candidates must be willing and able to commute to work and also be able to work remotely under a hybrid work plan.