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Overnight Editor


Washington, DC 5 days ago
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description

This editor is a member of the NPR Newsroom's overnight team, and is responsible for editing news stories with NPR reporters for the UpFirst Podcast and Morning Edition Broadcast. The editor will also work with the Supervising Overnight Editor and help decide what stories to cover on our digital platforms overnight. They will commission, edit, and sometimes write stories. They will regularly collaborate with various newsgathering teams and look for ways to spark signature NPR journalism from across our network. The Overnight Editor will report to the Newshub Supervising Overnight Editor, and will also substitute for the Supervising Overnight Editor as needed.

The role requires impeccable news judgment. It requires someone who can multitask effortlessly, and nurture and grow writers.

The editor will have to be able to act in the moment -- starting a live blog when news warrants, positioning/priming reporters for assigned stories -- all while keeping an eye on Chartbeat, Twitter, SnapMaps, Dataminr, Reddit, Crowdtangle, your own RSS feed, and/or other signals to ensure we are staying competitive and covering the right stories in the right way.

A big part of the role is editorial ingenuity: to find angles (and sources) to tell the stories that can be constructed at those hours - all the while keeping in mind our North Star of reaching diverse audiences.

A third critical component of this role is how we present the stories we create on our homepage and social platforms. The editor for this role thinks holistically about content creation and curation. If you can think in multimedia ways, with an eye (and ear) for social-native storytelling, and if your sound editorial decisions are informed by data and analytics, then you're someone we want.

The work hours will be Monday through Friday, 12am-8am ET.

This is a union represented role covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA.

• Develop and execute stories
-- both breaking news and quick-turn enterprise -- for all NPR digital platforms, comfortably editing with speed, voice, nuance and curiosity.
• Be equally versed in content curation, using social signals to inform decision making.
• Collaborate regularly with colleagues on broadcast -- newscasts, magazine shows and podcasts -- to make sure our reporting is properly vetted and presented across platforms.
• Field, solicit, edit, organize contributions from others at NPR, including show hosts, correspondents, reporters, producers and editors.
• Ensure that all materials meet NPR News standards and practices, including standards of accuracy, fairness, honesty and impartiality.
• Handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under tight deadlines and changing priorities/conditions.
• Work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure. Must be able to report breaking stories.
• Consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

The above duties and responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of required responsibilities, duties and skills. Other duties may be assigned, and this job description can be modified at any time.

• Three years' experience editing national or international news writing on deadline.
• Demonstrated excellence in reporting and writing for digital
• Demonstrated news judgment.
• Broadcast experience
• A passion for digital reporting, writing and editing.
• Demonstrated ability to work at different levels of a newsroom.
• Demonstrated familiarity with NPR journalism.
• Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
• Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.

• Experience covering a variety of beats
• Experience working with a news network


Bachelor's degree or equivalent in work experience

• Remote Permitted: This is a remote permitted role. This role is based out of our Washington, DC office but the employee may choose to work on a remote basis from a location that NPR approves.

• Proficiency in news writing techniques and styles such as AP Style
• Demonstrated understanding of journalistic ethics
• Digital news editing experience including copy editing and other types of digital platform production skills
• Strong oral communication skills
• Problem solving skills
• A broad range and interest in national and international news
• Demonstrated ability working quickly and efficiently under deadline

• This is a full time position


Salary Range: The US based anticipated salary range for this opportunity is $105,000 to $110,000, plus benefits. Please note: as a member of SAG-AFTRA, an employee in this role would also receive a 25% increase in compensation for all hours worked between Midnight and 7:00 a.m. in their local time. With the role's schedule of 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. ET, the anticipated overall annual compensation (including this night differential) is between $127,950 and $134,000. The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum salaries NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations, as well as the night differential described above.

Benefits: NPR offers access to comprehensive benefits for employees and dependents. Regular, full-time employees scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week are eligible to enroll in NPR's benefits options. Benefits include access to health and wellness, paid time off, and financial well-being. Plan options include medical, dental, vision, life/ accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability, short-term disability, and voluntary retirement savings to all eligible NPR employees.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.

The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum salaries NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations.

NPR Pay Range

$105,000 - $110,000 USD

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Salary Details
Salary Range: $105,000 to $110,000 Per Year ($ USD)
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