Editor I, II-Morning Edition


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Develops timely, original program content for Morning Edition.  Takes the lead by initiating, researching and executing major show-based projects, working closely with show hosts¸ supervisory team, editorial and production staff.  The Editor I/II writes and edits scripts for daily and future broadcast and provides support for the host in preparing for daily interviews.  This position also provides editorial guidance and mentoring for production staff and prepares and edits material for on-air and online. Works under the direct supervision of the Morning Edition management team.

Essential Duties Include



  • Assists in program/coverage planning.
  • Conceptualizes, writes and edits news and feature content, for on-air and online.
  • Actively pitches news-driven, forward-looking stories that they book and produce for air on an aggressive timeline.
  • Thoroughly prepares hosts on goal of interview and intended narrative arc, and assists in focusing/drafting their stories.
  • Works proactively with Digital staff to ensure Morning Edition develops creative content across platforms.
  • Communicates effectively across shifts to convey purpose of interview, thoughtful and thorough script, and all necessary logistics.
  • Responsible for editorial integrity and quality of air product, ensuring that all materials on air and online meet NPR standards and practices.
  • Collaborates actively with show Social Strategist and NPR Digital team to ensure show content is aggressively engaging digital audiences
  • Works various shifts, as assigned (including Overnight and Swing).
  • Maintains internal relationships with other members of the daily program staff and contributors to the daily program, with digital media and with other NPR program and desk staffs.
  • Maintains external relationships with information and program suppliers such as commentators, member station news staff, sources, and journalists from other media, freelancers and experts.  
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, or writing-intensive discipline and/or equivalent work experience


Required Skills:


  • Demonstrated ability to organize and disseminate information and to coordinate daily news coverage.
  • A broad range of general news knowledge.
  • Demonstrated strong interest in digital media.
  • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
  • Ability to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.

Editor I

  • At least four years of experience as a reporter, editor, or producer.
  • Demonstrated writing ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to edit news copy.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in editorial decision-making.

Editor II

  • At least six years of experience as a reporter, editor, or producer.
  • Thorough knowledge and demonstrated skill in news-writing techniques.
  • Considerable skill in feature and copy editing.
  • At least one year of experience in editorial decision-making.
  • Skill in oral presentation.


Preferred Skills:

  • Expertise in editing shows under breaking news conditions.
  • Daily news experience.
  • Broadcast experience.
  • Experience in Digital Media, CMS.
  • Knowledge of audio production.
  • Experience editing on digital audio workstations.



Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.


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