|Date Posted||November 18, 2021|
|Salary||Salary plus benefits, depending on qualifications|
Application instructions for this and all current OPB employment opportunities are available at OPB's careers page.
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Are you looking to do important journalism in an organization that’s working to become the region’s most trusted primary news source? Does leading a team of experienced reporters focusing on exploring topics that dominate public conversation intrigue you? OPB is looking for a news editor to help us reimagine how news is covered and contribute to a newsroom pushing itself to become more inclusive, equitable and collaborative.
Our news team is growing, and OPB is adding a fourth news editor to oversee up to four reporters whose beats covering public health, legal affairs and policing that interconnect around our society’s ongoing concerns related to equity. We’re looking for someone who understands the technical side of editing a story for both audio and digital audiences, and can help reporters both execute specific stories and craft a broader vision for their beats. We understand that not every interested applicant will identify with our preferred knowledge, skills and abilities, and not every potential applicant will have supervisory experience. We’re seeking candidates who have the drive and curiosity to take on a leadership role and dive deep into these subjects.
Our newsroom includes ~30 staff and works closely with other content teams to ensure the news reflects the importance in our region, Oregon and Southwest Washington. We use a collaborative process between our editors and reporters in which editors are expected to coach journalists through new projects, build beats and stories in partnership and support their growth and development. At the time of hire, this editor will oversee three experienced reporters and lead the team in both remote and hybrid working environments. Your first focus will be building relationships with the reporters you manage and then leading the team to elevate the social justice portfolio in a way that continues to highlight these important issues. There’s a lot of possibility here and we’ll lean on your expertise to bring an agreed upon strategy to fruition. To give you a sense of what that could look like, our other editors are managing podcasts (OPB Politics Now, Bundyville, Dying for a Fight), long-term multiplatform storytelling (Class of 2025) or managing key partnerships with news organizations in support of the topics they manage. Our editors are encouraged to report their own stories, try new storytelling formats and work with their teams to plan ambitious projects that stretch everyone.
This position assigns and edits digital and radio stories for a team of as many as four beat reporters, guiding their reporting and editing their stories from idea to final product on multiple platforms. The news editor takes daily editorial direction from the VP, News, and closely collaborates with other editors, the Executive Editor for Talk and Podcasts and other content teams. They monitor social media and other sources for story ideas and play a leading role in OPB’s efforts to become the region’s most trusted primary news source. The bulk of this editor’s time will be spent working with reporters covering public health, legal affairs and policing and ensuring their reporting, both individually and collectively, includes a steady focus on issues of equity and social justice.
This position plans, assigns and approves work; manages employee performance and recognition; recommends hiring, recommends salary adjustments, prepares and signs performance reviews and leads teams of as many as four reporters.
90% - Supervise and edit a team of beat reporters and help lead OPB’s efforts to become the region’s most trusted primary news source.
5% - Represent OPB in public settings, both news-related (on air appearances on Think Out Loud®, newsmagazines) and for fundraising and member service purposes.
5% - Other duties, as assigned.
The editor’s schedule will largely correspond to the reporters they supervise. Most work will be done Monday through Friday, though some evening and weekend work should be expected. Most work is done in an office, studio or other indoor location with extended periods working at a computer. There is occasional local or regional travel required to ensure coverage.
How to Apply
For application instructions, please visit OPB's careers page. You will be asked to create an account, upload your cover letter and resume and answer a few position related questions. Once you click “submit” you cannot make changes to your application.
Your application materials are due by 8:59 PM Pacific Time on December 6, 2021.
OPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.