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.


The Strategic Planning Editor plays a multi-faceted editor role in WAMU and DCist’s newsroom, with a special focus on keeping future editorial plans and logistics on track. The position ensures special series, themed content and other editorial initiatives are highly organized, well communicated and aligned with strategic content priorities. It oversees coverage scheduling and keeps track of the newsrooms’ medium and long-term editorial coverage plans, identifying coverage opportunities an­­­d gaps well in advance.

The Strategic Planning Editor is responsible for setting and executing standards around breaking news, including overseeing and directing coverage for the breaking news desk at least one day a week.  The position also edits daily stories and regularly leads editorial projects from concept to completion.

This position reports to Executive Editor, Regional News and work closely with other Editors to enforce a unified vision for WAMU/DCist’s regional coverage agenda.

Essential Functions

  1. Daily coverage: In addition to regularly editing news content as needed, holds at least one breaking news editing shift per week. During this shift, determines which stories to cover; provides hands on editing of both audio and digital content; holds decision-making authority over whether a story is ready to broadcast or post.
  2. Leads the collaboration to identify opportunities and gaps in special coverage. Researches future events and topics of interest for coverage.
  3. Scheduling: Oversees calendar and systems for organizing coverage: maintains current tools as well as innovates and develops new systems/protocols as needs arise. This includes both employee scheduling (breaking news shifts, vacation, special event coverage, etc) and systems to ensure follow-up stories on topics of importance, advance planning for future events, and the resurfacing of evergreen content.
  4. Special projects: Serves as a backup newsletter writer. Helps implement NPR homepage pilot.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time
  • Project Leader/Advisor B
  • Exempt
  • This is a union-eligible position. 

Salary Range

  • Typical hiring range is $68,067 - $78,067, to commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 4-6 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with project management and planning, including defining goals and milestones, accurately assessing time and resources needed to accomplish tasks, documenting and communicating plans, etc.
  • Experience in an editor role and demonstrated strong news judgment including editing for narrative strength, storytelling style, and factual accuracy.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 5-8 years of relevant experience

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Familiarity with various planning approaches and tools including Airtable, Trello and similar.
  • Ability to determine the best platforms for telling stories.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity, both internally and with work in the community.
  • Proven ability to collaborate, build teams and foster a supportive, team-oriented work culture.
  • An appreciation and ability to set and meet deadlines.
  • Recognition of the responsibility of public media to fulfill its mission and serve the full community.

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