Contract Job

Manager Editorial


Washington, DC 02-22-2021
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  • Paid
  • Contract
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description

Project Manager Editorial

Across our organization, we're building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success.

We are seeking someone good at creating order out of the chaos of daily news, deadlines and shifting priorities to help people create journalism together in new ways.

NPR has launched an ambitious project to better coordinate with stations and reporters around the country. We've created content verticals, shared services, and regionally based ''hubs'' of stations in order to improve how public media covers our country. The stations in these hubs plan coverage together, share resources and innovate ways to reach new audiences on a variety of platforms. They're also forging new ways to plan and share content with NPR.

The Collaborative Journalism Editorial Project Manager will work in partnership with NPR's newsroom and two of our hubs – in California and the Midwest -- to support these local-regional-reporting collaborations. We're looking for someone with an appreciation of the public media space, superb process and organizational abilities, diplomatic skills, and the energy to help people work differently together. You should be creative, collaborative, and comfortable working with a range of personalities and work styles.

• Editorial
• Shares information about NPR coverage plans back with the Regional hub Managing Editor.
• Ensures that all NPR desks and shows -- digital and broadcast -- are informed about stories, news, or information that is being worked by the Regional hub.
• Assist Managing Editors in identifying storylines and editorial projects
• Facilitate content sharing and communication within the partnership, between stations, and with NPR.
• Maintain planning boards to keep all parties informed about joint coverage plans.
• Project management
• Act as liaison between the hubs and NPR's newsroom.
• Help ''hub'' managing editors coordinate priorities of the partnerships.
• Help partners align on goals and the process to achieve them.
• Plan meetings and retreats; draft and circulate agendas.
• Track progress, metrics, and deliverables as required by grants.


EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in work experience.

• A minimum of 4-7 years of experience as a news reporter, producer, or editor.
• Demonstrated experience in organizing and coordinating significant projects
• Demonstrated collaborated approach to newsgathering and story presentation across platforms.
• Thorough knowledge of news and feature reporting techniques and demonstrated writing ability, across multiple platforms.
• Ability to effectively and efficiently set priorities and handle multiple assignments in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
• Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and listening skills
• Fluency with key communications platforms, including Google Drive and apps, Microsoft Office suite, Slack, Twitter, ''Trello'' like systems, and website CMS systems
• Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization (including senior management and peer groups) on issues of strategy and ongoing operations
• Experience working in a highly collaborative environment
• Demonstrated ability to work independently
• Occasional daily and/or overnight travel may be required.

• Broadcast and specifically radio news experience
• Knowledge and experience working within a ''federated'' news organization with national and local newsrooms.

Company Profile

NPR is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. Every day, NPR connects with millions of Americans on the air, online, and in person to explore the news, ideas, and what it means to be human.