Senior Editor

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley, California

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Date Posted October 02, 2020
Industry Academia
Specialty Investigative
Job Status Full-time
Salary Annual salary will be commensurate with experience.


Departmental Overview

The Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley is seeking an experienced senior editor to oversee a range of stories, including investigative projects conceived and executed by students. 

We're looking for a collaborative leader and gifted storyteller who is excited about encouraging and empowering our incredibly diverse student body to dig into pressing issues of social justice and then helping our students lift those stories to the level of excellence and accuracy required to get them published in national, regional and local news outlets.

The Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley is widely regarded as one of the top journalism programs in the United States. The School offers a two-year Masters of Journalism degree to an enrollment of about 120 students at a time. The school's emphasis is on mastering a wide variety of techniques while learning the highest standards of responsible and enterprising journalism. 

The Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) is dedicated to teaching and mentoring future generations of investigative reporters, particularly journalists of color and journalists from historically marginalized communities. Through its teaching-hospital model, and in partnership with leading news organizations, IRP students gain practical, real-world experience producing stories for the nation’s foremost print, online and broadcast outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, PBS Frontline and NPR. 


  • Identify and develop stories for multiple platforms, and edit text stories 
  • Ensure stories are executed with high standards of accuracy, fairness and rigor 
  • Supervise teams of journalism students, inspiring them to learn new skills and do their best work
  • Train students to use reporting tools such as FOIA and databases to deepen their reporting
  • Work collaboratively with a range of national, state and local news outlets to get stories published
  • Works collaboratively with other staff members at the Investigative Reporting Program and Berkeley Journalism to advance their mission to inspire the next generation of journalists

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation and advanced skills to write clear, lively, engaging, compelling, effective, accurate and fair copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and the broader public.
  • Advanced knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.
  • Knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn, the campus, including its mission, goals, achievements, infrastructure, programs, and policies.
  • Advanced knowledge of issues around investigative reporting.
  • Knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and/or web production.
  • Advanced skill in taking initiative to creatively identify and pitch story ideas to senior management.
  • Advanced research and fact verification skills.
  • Advanced interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.
  • Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Advanced project management, organizational and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills.
  • Skill to maintain absolute confidentiality.

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