Digital Editor — KCUR's Kansas News Service

KCUR 89.3 is seeking an experienced editor to direct the digital production of KCUR’s Kansas News Service, a reporting collaboration of public media stations throughout Kansas. This position is based in Topeka, Kansas.

The editor provides editorial leadership and daily oversight for the team, which encompasses reporters based (and employed) at various stations. The editor makes assignments, edits content distributed digitally (including podcasts), and sets ambitious coverage goals. She/he facilitates an environment for the ethical practice of journalism and enforces ethical principles.

The editor ensures this collaboration functions appropriately and efficiently by building strong relationships and supporting the needs of partner stations. The editor manages distribution of KCUR’s Kansas News Service content to other media outlets across the state, region and nation.

The editor also creates content, participates in community engagement efforts, and appears as a guest on talk programming and podcasts.

The successful candidate for this position will be able to work on diverse projects simultaneously and across platforms in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment; take direction and work collaboratively with various personalities; and produce to the highest journalistic standards.

KCUR 89.3 is the NPR affiliate in Kansas City and is an editorially-independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. See www.kcur.org for information about KCUR.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES 

  • Assigns and edits stories, coordinating assignments and edits with individuals at partner stations.
  • Ensures the smooth production and delivery of digital content from the Kansas News Service reporters.
  • Establishes an efficient approach to news gathering and reporting that produces in-depth coverage of distinction, including breaking news situations.
  • Assists managing director and broadcast editor with formulation and implementation of content plan.
  • Oversees formation of partnerships with newspapers and digital news outlets.
  • Compiles and shares Kansas News Service daily budget to partner newspapers and digital news outlets; and advocates for story pickups.
  • Tracks carriage of Kansas News Service content and compiles monthly report for the managing director and KCUR director of content.
  • Edits and works with reporters in the KCUR newsroom as needed.
  • Works as a reporter, when necessary.
  • Serves as a resource for talk shows, including identifying sources and opportunities for additional coverage, conducting two-ways and interviews, and appearing as a guest.
  • May oversee the work of interns.
  • Participates in assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or a related field required; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience; and at least 3 years of experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Five years of experience producing or editing news content for digital and social platforms.
  • One year of work experience in a radio or public media organization.
  • Experience managing content collaborations.
  • Ability to cover breaking news as well as report through long-form, innovative storytelling.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and good news judgment.
  • Aggressive, enthusiastic, and self-motivated approach to daily news coverage. A
  • bility to multitask and work on diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and work collaboratively with various personalities.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
  • Experience with digital audio editing (e.g. Adobe Audition), field recording equipment, and other audio production tools.

SUPERVISION

This position reports to the Managing Director of KCUR’s Kansas News Service.

SALARY

Salary is commensurate with experience.

HOW TO APPLY

Review of applications will begin on December 4, 2017. This position will remain open until filled.

Apply online: www.umkc.edu/jobs. Applicants must combine all materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

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