Associate Digital Editor / Producer

WTTW/PBS Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Date Posted September 16, 2022
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Telecommute? Yes
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable
Website https://www.wttw.com/

Description:

WTTW News (Chicago PBS) is seeking an experienced, digitally savvy and highly organized editor and web producer to help oversee digital content creation and production for wttw.com/news. This position includes afternoon/evening and weekend shifts. *Hybrid work schedule available*. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Edit and fact-check articles written for the WTTW News website, including those reported by digital reporters and “Chicago Tonight” TV producers and correspondents.
  • Ensure written copy is sharp, clear and adheres to grammar rules and AP style.
  • Produce visually compelling articles using a mix of storytelling elements such as video, text, graphics, interactive features and photography.
  • Write compelling and accurate headlines.
  • Apply digital and social media best practices to engage audience, expand reach and drive traffic to our website.
  • Participate in story pitch meetings and develop story ideas on a variety of topics for reporters to pursue.
  • Provide feedback and guidance to reporters on their written work and production techniques.
  • Occasionally write news stories for a digital audience.
  • Experiment and innovate while maintaining newsroom goals in order to grow audience.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Candidate must have proven writing, editing and journalism skills, as well as a full understanding of journalistic ethics and procedure.
  • Keen interest in digital storytelling and local news required.
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability to edit articles on a variety of topics, including local politics, arts and culture, criminal justice, science and education.
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, basic HTML and open source content management systems is ideal.
  • Demonstrated experience editing, fact-checking and producing news stories is key.
  • Must be able to manage multiple duties simultaneously while meeting daily deadlines.
  • Strong and ethical news judgement required.

EXPERIENCE:  

  • Candidate has at least 3 years of professional experience working on digital products in a newsroom, plus a demonstrated ability to edit and produce news stories that engage and inspire readers.
  • Candidate understands digital storytelling techniques and has strong knowledge of social media and web production.
  • Experience working effectively under minimal supervision is also desired.

MINIMUM EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s Degree required.

*Selected candidate will need to be, or become, a member of AFTRA.