Job Description:

WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and DCist is our digital outlet for local news. We provide in-depth and enterprise reporting alongside essential daily news and information that aims to reflect and serve the diverse communities of our region. We believe in news as a public service and put our current and future audience at the center of our work.

Summary

The Editor, Sun-Thurs leads a cross-platform, multimedia coverage team of reporters, ensuring that WAMU and DCist have thoughtful and inclusive coverage of the D.C. region.

The Editor, Sun-Thurs directs multiple reporters, each focused on core WAMU topic areas, and primarily edits those reporters for broadcast. They will also coordinate with a digital counterpart and provide web edits, as needed.

The position acts as a sounding board for their team, helping reporters find fresh angles for both daily and enterprise stories, and ensures the development of diverse sources and stories that reflect the communities we serve. This position will also otherwise support individual reporters’ growth and career goals, helping to identify opportunities that advance their desired skillsets.

Working Sunday through Thursday, the Editor, Sun-Thurs plays a pivotal role in starting off our weeks. On Sundays, they manage a regular breaking news shift, ensuring that the websites and social media are up-to-date, preparing Monday’s newscasts, and setting the agenda for the week ahead. The Editor also tracks DCist web traffic and works to increase it via consistent, reliable, accurate, and timely news stories. 

This position reports to the Deputy News Director, Audio, and works closely with other Editors to enforce a unified vision for WAMU’s regional coverage agenda.

Essential Functions

  1. Evaluate pitches assign and edit stories: Drive the vision and execution of stories from a team of reporters, ensuring work is timely, accurate, and reflective of the region’s diversity in both sourcing and topic. Serve as the primary audio editor for stories generated by the reporter team. Edit digital stories as needed. Exercise judgment in setting deadlines and expectations for reporters, and communicate those expectations clearly.
  2. Lead the Sunday breaking news shift: Monitor various sources for stories and serves as editor for those stories. Manage the breaking news team to ensure stories are produced quickly and accurately on-air and online. Prepare broadcast stories for the following day.
  3. Supervise and manage reporters: Supervise, coach, and mentor reporters, ensuring they have the adequate training and support to continue growing.
  4. Enterprise story planning: In collaboration with newsroom staff, develop ambitious, longer-term reporting projects and facilitate the execution of them with an eye towards experimentation and platform expansion.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Supervises a team of reporters.

Work Environment

  • Limited travel required.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time, 35 hours/week.
  • Project Leader/Advisor B
  • Exempt

Salary Range

  • Typical hiring range is $90,000 - $100,000; commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master's degree or equivalent.
  • 4-6 years of relevant experience.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years of storytelling/journalism experience, with leadership experience or demonstrated leadership potential.
  • Skill at editing broadcast radio for narrative strength, storytelling style, speed, and factual accuracy. Digital editing and production skills are also valued.
  • Commitment to the mission of public media.
  • Strong news judgment, with the ability to discern what differentiates a WAMU/DCist from other local news outlets.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and to set and meet deadlines.
  • Creative approach to stories, both in terms of generating fresh angles and experimenting with new formats and approaches.
  • Commitment to inclusivity and compassion, both on our team and in our coverage.
  • Collaborative, congenial and upbeat workstyle.
  • A desire to guide colleagues to common goals and mentor reporters to strengthen and grow their skillsets.

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Job Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
Job Category: 
Editing
Job Type: 
Full time
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