Senior Editor, The World

WGBH, Boston, Massachusetts

Date PostedMay 07, 2019
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified


The World is public radio’s leading daily global news program. It delivers journalism that is consequential, influential and high-profile. Produced by the combined public media innovators, PRI and PRX, in partnership with the BBC World Service and WGBH, The World reaches three million listeners across North America each week and 1.5 million on-line. Our newsroom in Boston is a place where passion and curiosity meet global politics and culture. We strive to tell deeply human stories in creative and innovative ways.



The Senior Editor is the lead writer on The World’s daily production team – responsible for the critical words that open the broadcast and keep the listener hooked through the hour. The ideal candidate writes so that their words lift off the page, in a voice that is both natural and essential at the same time. They write precisely and clearly, as quickly as the news breaks and with compassion and humor when the time is right.


Reporting to the Executive Producer, the Senior Editor plays a key role on The World’s daily production team; working alongside the Supervising Producers, they help conceive and shepherd the broadcast from editorial meeting to live on-air. They are responsible for “the voice” of the show, editing or writing all of the host’s copy and more, paying close attention to the flow between stories and the continuity of the broadcast. They have a sharp eye for detail and nuance.


The Senior Editor has a deep knowledge of international news, and demonstrates an innate curiosity about events and people that drive the news in all regions of the globe. Their command of world news positions the broadcast to tell stories that distinguish The World from other news outlets.


They must know radio production inside and out – and be able to provide guidance on conducting interviews and the creative use of audio. The Senior Editor is an inspirational leader and an editorial mentor to producers. The Senior Editor will help plan for news events, and spots trends, and themes. The Senior Editor knows how to meet deadlines and how to enforce them.



  • Write and edit scripts and host copy for the daily broadcast, with detailed attention to accuracy, flow and continuity.
  • Edit producers’ and reporter’s stories, working with content creators to craft and refine their stories.
  • Supervise, conduct performance feedback and coaching to employees
  • Write and edit promotional copy for digital distribution (e.g. Content Depot)



  • Eight (8) years’ experience in journalism
  • Developed expertise in radio production and script editing
  • Demonstrable experience in global affairs journalism
  • Experience developing new talent
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines and multi-task with ease
  • An ability to communicate clearly and efficiently with all members of staff, while making a positive contribution to a newsroom culture that values respect, diversity and high expectations  
  • An audience-first orientation. Can understand the needs and experiences of the show’s audience to continuously improve their work.



Bachelor's degree required

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