American Public Media
  • SCPR, Content - 29TA
  • Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Yes, Benefits

Position Summary:


In its hundred-plus year history, the California Dream has meant different things to different people. Today, the state's identity stands in marked contrast to the rest of the country. The dream may be alive, but it's challenged at every corner. The right candidate for this job, whether s/he grew up in California or not, will understand why the California Dream attracted so many people. And we'd like you to help us explore the state of that dream, and the state of California.


As the Collaboration Editor in this role, you will direct the work of a groundbreaking partnership between California's leading public media outlets and CALmatters. Coverage by the collaborative's nine reporters will focus on economic opportunity, quality of life, immigration, innovation and statehouse issues.


Over the next two years, the editor will take a leadership role in shaping and driving our broadcast, digital and print coverage of the California Dream. S/he will bring ideas about the underlying themes behind California's palm trees, swimming pools and higher education ... but will also bring a proven record of creating cohesion and coordination, that can be applied to this multi-platform partnership.


This is a two-year grant-funded position.


This posting now has an application deadline of July 28, 2017 (10pm PST).


Position Responsibility:

  • Lead planning and development of content for all partners on all platforms.
  • Help set strategy and communicates vision with all staff.
  • Oversee daily and enterprise work by reporters, individually and as a team. Edit scripts and digital content, perform sound edits and provide final approval for broadcast and web.
  • Work with reporters to develop digital assets to complement digital coverage, including visuals (photos and video), graphics, data, interactives and social media outreach strategy.
  • Work with CALmatters, print editors and reporters to prepare stories, graphics and digital assets for newspaper publication and web posting.
  • The Editor will also oversee ongoing exchanges, promotion, and distribution of content. In collaboration with a freelance social media consultant, the Editor will work to develop an initial social media strategy and then manage the California Counts Collaborative's social media efforts, coordinating with partner newsrooms.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with all partners through planning documents and meetings and help foster a collaborative culture.
  • Periodic travel to meet with management and staff from partner stations.
  • Help track grant deliverables across the partnership for reporting purposes, such as numbers of stories.
  • Participate in editorial leadership team, helping plan and execute coverage across desks, develop new approaches for cross-platform reporting and create a lively atmosphere of creative endeavor and journalistic excellence.
  • Attend and participate in editorial planning meetings.
  • Participate in special coverage.
  • Participate in planning for a limited number of events.
  • Provide clear guidance, feedback and supervision to assigned staff. This includes editorial aspects and performance assessment.
  • Work with other members of the management team to provide strong, consistent leadership.
  • Assist in development and implementation of editorial and programming policies to achieve consistent, reliable quality and depth.
  • Supervise, train and manage direct staff through coaching, mentorship, performance meetings and ongoing feedback. Work at the direction of employees' senior managers and HR on performance management and in compliance with local newsroom personnel policies.
  • Foster a creative and productive work environment. Create development opportunities and individualized development plans for staff and training to enhance skills and foster growth.
  • Assess performance of assigned staff by establishing standards, working to encourage professional development.
  • Represent newsroom internally and externally.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism or related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Five years editing or equivalent experience, including two to three years supervisory experience. Minimum of 5 years' experience in reporting.
  • Experience reporting or editing in California preferred.
  • Experience in maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness.
  • Some experience providing work direction or supervisory experience.
  • Some experience assigning stories and editing copy.
  • Experience with digital audio editing systems.
  • Experience with digital news production and presentation.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong writing, editing, and radio production skills essential.
  • Knowledge of broadcast journalism, newspapers and public radio.
  • Knowledge of radio, digital, and print style.
  • 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.
  • Supervisory skills and ability to recruit, coach and develop talent.
  • Ability to consistently work well with others and to inspire and lead staff.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with various stakeholders.
  • Strong communication skills and passion for building community relationships via networking both in-person and through social media/online.
  • Editing skills: has an understanding of need for interpretative reporting on complex issues.
  • Ability to develop complex story ideas that provide analysis and add context.
  • Ability to recognize and act on opportunities for tapping audience expertise and other news resources.
  • General newsroom management experience.
  • Highly specialized depth of knowledge about issues and current events.
  • Well-established contacts and knowledge of the journalism community.
  • Commitment to public service journalism.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent visual storytelling vision for broadcast television packages, web videos and infographics.


Reporting To This Position:

  • Reporters


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
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