Regional Bureau Chief/Editor-West/Midwest

Overview

A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. NPR listeners value information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide.

Essential Duties Include

To generate, edit and produce material from both NPR and non-staff reporters and producers in the West/Midwest region.   To function as coach/trainer for public radio member stations in the region; act as recruiter by identifying journalists who can play a closer role in the public radio information service; assists in management of NPR reporters in the region as required under the direction of the National Desk; fills in for regional editors as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Organize and produce material as required by NPR News.
  • Tracks ongoing flow of news, maintains contacts with news sources, keeps current with topics of interest to the desk and maintains files of future events and issues.
  • Supervises preparation of air material and is responsible for editorial integrity and quality of that material.
  • Ensures that all material aired meets NPR program’s standards and practices, including standards of fairness, objectivity, balance, consistency and technical quality.
  • Provides editorial guidance to freelance reporters and others as assigned to ensure that they can properly organize and focus their stories.
  • Listens to prepared stories, suggests changes that make pieces concise, coherent, comprehensive and interesting, copy edits stories and listens to taped elements.  Determines when a story is ready to forward to the National Desk.
  • Maintains close communication with shows regarding placement, length and all other questions regarding stories.  Works closely with the show producers on identifying the stories that work best for their needs.
  • Works with Digital Media to generate original material for the web as determined by story assignments.
  • Must help to build an editorial structure allowing NPR and stations to work as seamlessly and collaborately as possible on both spot news and enterprise work across audio and digital.
  • Position is based in the region.
  • Conducts station or regional training sessions regularly, including a minimum of 12 in-person visits to stations in the region each year where training is a significant part of the visit.
  • Works with station News Directors in providing feedback on specific station reporters and in helping accomplish goals for the reporter’s grown and development.
  • Identifies new and diverse talent in the region and works with National Desk staff and NPR’s training unit to help develop new voices for air.
  • Identifies regional talent that should take part in additional training opportunities at NPR.
  • In conjunction with Regional Editor, coordinates reporter assignments with other National Desk editors.
  • Identify and recruit journalists who can play a closer role in the public radio information service.
  • Attends professional conferences, participates in training workshops and panel discussions, contacts appropriate professional groups on behalf of NPR and the journalism
  • Assists in assigning and editing NPR reporters in the region as required under the direction of the National Desk.
  • Participates in NPR regional conference calls and planning meetings as organized by regional editor.  Communicates with NPR regional reporters about story ideas, helps shape the content and scope of story proposals and suggests stories and specific areas of inquiry.
  • Works with other staff reporters, hosts, producers and editors on stories from the region and advises on proper approach to stories, subjects to be discussed and treated, and individuals to be interviewed.
  • Monitors progress of assigned stories to ensure that the stories are of the highest quality and that reasonable production schedules are maintained.
  • When necessary, heads team of production staff working on special projects.
  • Provides administrative support to Supervising Editor as needed.
  • Conducts outreach, answers correspondence, represents NPR and the National Desk in public forums and maintains station relations.
  • Assists staff in establishing freelancer contacts and coordinating reporters schedules

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least 6+ experience as a news reporter or editor covering national stories, including work on:
  • National affairs, including, but not limited to: economics, growth and development, urban affairs, transportation.
  • Regional politics and issues.
  • Daily news – including experience working on daily deadline.
  • Breaking news stories including live coverage.
  • Enterprise stories, including the generation of story ideas and the research and development of such stories.
  • Feature reports, including the development of topics and the organization and presentation of lengthy articles or programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of news-writing techniques.  Considerable skill in feature and copy editing.  Skill in oral presentation.
  • Demonstrated success in training or teaching.
  • Daily national network news experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of digital broadcast, writing and audio production strongly preferred.
  • Previous supervisory experience, preferred

 

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