American Public Media
  • SCPR, Content/ME
  • Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Yes, Benefits

Position Summary:


If you're passionate about innovative, public service journalism, KPCC is the place for you.


As Managing Editor, you'll drive the strategic vision for our daily, enterprise and investigative journalism.  You'll supervise a talented group of editors, reporters and producers and collaborate with platform leaders to provide in depth coverage on key issues facing Southern California.


The ideal candidate is passionate about digging up stories with and for our local audiences. You understand that the local in Los Angeles is often global and are dedicated to finding new ways to serve our community's information needs.


You'll also be thinking about the big picture. What are the emerging storylines and community needs that we can address? How can we tell those stories creatively and distribute them successfully? How might we better reflect the experience of living in one of the most diverse cities on the planet?


The ideal candidate will have experience leading an editorial team, a willingness to try new things and the ability to give constructive, consistent feedback. We value curiosity, collaboration and creativity.



Instead of the standard cover letter, answer the questions below. Please use this as an opportunity to show us how you think. When responding, keep in mind that KPCC's journalism reaches the community through broadcast, digital, in person and on demand platforms.


  1. Imagine KPCC is at its absolute best serving the community. What does that look like?
  2. Share past stories or projects you've edited that were successful. What made them work? What would you have done differently?


Position Responsibility:

  • Set editorial agenda across news desks and programs.
  • Oversee daily operations of editors, reporters and producers and develop consistent narratives for major stories across platforms.
  • Identify improvements in work flow in order to increase cross-team collaboration.
  • Plan long-term coverage across a range of beats including housing, immigration, education, politics, the environment, to name a few.
  • Foster a creative and productive work environment.
  • Foster a multi platform approach for KPCC's journalism.
  • Coordinate coverage with senior platform managers.
  • Find ways for our communities to participate in journalism on a daily and long-term basis.
  • Work closely with our Audience Insights Manager to assess the health of our storytelling, and make data informed decisions.
  • Ensure a diversity of views and voices are represented in KPCC reporting.
  • Develop ideas and avenues of inquiry for original investigations.
  • Set measurable performance goals for editors and reporters.
  • Demonstrate digital forward thinking throughout the newsgathering process.
  • Lead coordination of major enterprise reports and projects.
  • Oversee budgets related to newsgathering efforts.
  • Oversee editorial collaborations with; KQED, KPBS, Capitol Public Radio, CALmatters (The California Dream Project), APM (Marketplace, Minnesota Public Radio newsroom) and with external partners in nonprofit and commercial news organizations and universities.
  • Manage daily and weekly news planning process through effective system of meetings, one-on-one communication and use of electronic/written communication systems.
  • Understand strategic company priorities, how the team(s) supports and fits into these goals and communicate this clearly to line staff clearly and consistently.
  • On occasion, represent SCPR at donor and community events.
  • Provide clear guidance, feedback and supervision to staff. This includes editorial aspects and performance assessment, identifying professional development plans.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Combined 10 years or more of proven, successful experience in journalism (reporting, editing or producing).
  • Significant experience in newsgathering and storytelling on digital platforms.
  • Strong management skills, including ability to teach, coach and advance skills of those under direct supervision.
  • Knowledge and commitment to the mission of public media.
  • Demonstrated ability in trying new things.
  • Understanding of the emerging field of engaged journalism.


 Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to develop and communicate editorial vision and direction.
  • Ability to develop complex story ideas that provide analysis and add context.
  • Strong writing, editing, and storytelling skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to solve problems creatively.
  • Ability to make quick command decisions.
  • Ability to effectively execute multiple assignments on deadline.
  • Ability to motivate, train and grow employees.
  • Flexibility, ability to respond to changing priorities.
  • Ability to see opportunities for tapping audience expertise and other news resources.
  • Ability to use non-traditional approaches including use of Public Insight Network, Hearken (SoCal, So Curious) and other community engagement tools/methods.
  • Well-established contacts and knowledge of the journalism community.
  • Commitment to public service journalism.
  • Ability to encourage creativity and high editorial standards.
  • A creative and playful disposition ' this is a senior role, but it's also filled with fun and energetic reports!


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience reporting or editing in California.
  • Knowledge of public media.
  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages commonly used in Southern California.
  • Training in human centered design.


Reporting To This Position:       

  • Senior Producer for News
  • News Editors


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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