Full Time Job

Managing Newsroom Editor


Washington, DC 10-07-2020
  • 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 Collaborative Journalism will have a broad leadership profile in the newsroom, reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of News. In this role, you’ll develop a vision and strategy for taking our network collaborative journalism efforts across the country to the next level, working in partnership with our Member stations and other collaborators to develop a truly national reporting network from local to national. In this position, you will work closely with newsroom leadership to continue to evolve the organizational structure to support our CJN mission, from content verticals to geographic hubs, and with the NPR development team to raise philanthropic support for strategic priorities. In addition, you will be the primary point of contact for NPR Member stations with the newsroom, in partnership with SVP for Member partnership, and will occasionally visit stations in an ambassadorial role.

• With the Sr. VP for news, develop and execute on a broad vision to transform NPR, in partnership with member stations, into a truly collaborative network.
• With the Sr. VP for news, conceive of a future newsroom structure that will better support the CJN.
• Work directly with Member stations in the hub structure to support existing MOUs while developing and executing new MOUs for start-up hubs. These MOUs detail how the hubs will work with NPR, identify key goals and priorities, and assess and develop positions and job descriptions for essential staff funded by grants.
• Lead and manage any direct reports directly associated with this position.
• Liaison across the newsroom and MPR stations to build support for content verticals that are essential to the success of the network from Education to Public Safety to Climate change.
• Liaison with operations on support for CJN initiatives
• Develop partnerships with other news/content organizations that might enhance our collaborative journalism locally and/or nationally.
• Partner with development on priorities and fundraising, representing the newsroom in any functions related to CJN fundraising.
• Serve as primary liaison from NPR news to Member stations, paying regular visits to stations when time and the environment permits.
• Serve as a rotating leadership editor, running the newsroom in the absence of other key leaders, and joining a weekend rotation of editors who advise and guide big stories that break off hours.
• Guide and mentor key reports on journalism-related issues, stories, hiring personnel management, etc.
• Provide regular and constructive feedback and career development for performance evaluations.


EDUCATION: Minimum education experience, required or preferred. (Ex: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in work experience)
• 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
• Ability to lead and collaborate in a highly matrixed organization is essential
• Attention to detail is essential
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions
• Experience in a philanthropy supported organization is preferred

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

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.