Deputy Managing Editor, NPR West


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Drives the daily news agenda for all NPR News products from our Culver City, CA location (NPR-West), across all delivery systems. Builds collaboration and coordination across platforms on daily news coverage to develop a fully integrated newsroom.  Evaluates and communicates to desks, shows, digital and Newscast all news development during the course of the day in order to ensure timely and effective coverage and decision-making for assignments.  Leads editorial meetings as necessary, edits copy and stories as necessary and oversees special coverage and breaking news coverage as necessary.


The Deputy Managing Editor candidate to drive news excellence around the clock in collaboration with two other Deputy Managing Editors on the East Coast.  This job will be responsible for driving the network’s news coverage of breaking and ongoing coverage in the afternoon and evening. This position will have overall responsibility for representing the network leadership on the West Coast and will report to the Executive Editor.


Essential Duties Include

  • Partners with other news leaders across NPR’s desks, shows and digital operations to direct the daily editorial process to determine coverage and assignments.
  • Supervises assignments and provides editorial guidance to staff, stations, freelance reporters and production staff.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with NPR member stations to increase NPR’s focus on continuous collaboration.
  • Creates protocols to ensure that Western stations and NPR are communicating effectively
  • Oversees and edits collaborative projects from NPR and member station reporters
  • Identify targets for short- and long-term collaboration projects
  • Partner with appropriate internal stakeholders, including the Director of Collaborative News Strategy, Collaborative Coverage Editor, Desk Editors, Digital News leadership and Executive Editor to ensure smooth collaboration and communication regarding news coverage plans
  • Develops and fosters an open dialogue about coverage and challenges and encourages staff to think beyond the confines of a narrow job description
  • Assumes overall editorial responsibility for the network’s news coverage in the evenings
  • Evaluates breaking news stories and works with news managers across all platforms to determine news priorities for NPR
  • Oversees logistics of daily coverage across all platforms to ensure coordination of subjects and editorial content
  • Recommends which events should be covered live and distributed to member stations
  • Leads editorial meetings as necessary
  • Ensures that work produced by NPR News complies with NPR and professional standards for balance, fairness and accuracy
  • Manages the assignment of resources, people and dollars, as part of daily news coverage but also as warranted by fast moving breaking news events
  • Develop staff via performance management including: goal setting, annual appraisals, regular coaching and performance discussions


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
  • At least 10+ years experience managing in news or programming organizations (in a union environment is a plus).
  • Experience maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness
  • Demonstrated ability to generate and execute complex creative ideas and to assimilate and organize large amounts of information
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others
  • Experience managing resources in an integrated newsroom
  • Experience working in/closely with digital operations.
  • Experience working in and/or knowledge of public radio and the public radio system.
  • Ability and willingness to relocate.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading ambitious and distinctive coverage



Additional Critical Competencies for Success:

  • Positive approach to embracing change
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, ability to get along with diverse personalities
  • Results oriented with the ability to balance other business considerations
  • Adept at communicating effectively across all levels of leadership while inspiring confidence
  • Ability to respect input but ultimately be confident enough to take decisive action and take responsibility for said action

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.   


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