Full Time Job

Managing Editor, Standards & Practices


Washington, DC 08-24-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Executive (10+ years) Experience
Job Description

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

The Managing Editor for Standards and Practices will be a passionate, experienced journalist who understands and values the need for regular, consistent application of standards and practices, and the need for a strong ethical approach to daily journalism. The Managing Editor will be the newsroom leader on the development & application of standards + practices across all of our platforms, in partnership with other newsroom leaders, programming leaders and a diverse advisory board of journalists. The Managing Editor will tackle many of the day to day ethical and reporting issues that arise throughout the news cycle, as well as work with the content divisions to continue to evolve our guidelines, language and ethical practices to meet the times we are living in.

• Serve as the primary point person in the content divisions, and across the NPR network, on Standards & Practices questions. You will work with constituents in the newsroom and programming divisions to respond to daily standards and practices questions across NPR's many content platforms.
• Lead a rotating team of key newsroom journalists who will serve as our Standards and Practices Board to respond to breaking news guidance, ethical issues, corrections, in partnership with newsroom leaders.
• Meet biannually with journalism affinity groups to gather input on language considerations.
• Working with leaders in the newsroom, regularly review and update the NPR stylebook as needs evolve.
• Develop and maintain relations with NPR member stations newsrooms, and occasionally represent NPR to member stations or at events regarding journalism standards and ethics.
• Proactively issue coverage guidance ahead of big news events
• Provide regular and constructive feedback and career development for performance evaluations.

• 10+ years of journalism experience delivering to multiple platforms, preferably at the national level
• 10+ years of supervisory and managerial experience leading teams through major stories, and complex coverage areas
• Demonstrated excellence navigating the terrain of ethical questions that regularly arise regarding broadcast, digital content, podcasts, and social media
• Ability to lead and collaborate in a highly matrixed organization
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions

• Experience editing for radio preferred
• Familiarity with NPR member stations and public media system preferred

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gm1w52-3-235-175-15-42 in your application.

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.