Team Editor: Health, Education and Justice - Colorado Public Radio

  • 2021-05-10 6:54 PM
    Message # 10462893

    Position: Team Editor/Health, Education and Justice 

    Reports To: News Director or Managing Editor 

    FLSA Status: Exempt 

    Department: News 


    Summary:  

    The Team Editor oversees the generation of radio features, newscast spots and digital storytelling  from experienced reporters on the Education, Health and Justice beats, with a particular eye toward  the ways the education, health and justice systems intersect with each other and with historical and  current inequity. The ideal candidate will have experience covering news across multiple platforms, be  able to inspire the team’s reporters to even greater storytelling, and play an important role on the  News leadership team.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

    • Manages and directs reporters to provide consistent content, making the best use of radio and  digital-first material.  

    • Assigns and edits radio features, newscast spots and digital content related to Health,  Education and Justice, paying attention to newsroom coverage standards, productivity goals  and the need to balance daily news with more long-term and investigative coverage. 

    • Guides reporters to focus coverage around how inequity or discrimination affects people’s  experiences with public health, education and criminal justice; and to uncover and examine  solutions at the personal, community and official levels. Collaborates with reporters to  represent a diversity of voices and experiences from Colorado in our coverage, including  monitoring their source diversity tracking.

    • Additionally, guides reporters to find original, value-added reporting and enterprise around  health, education and justice, including breaking news. 

    • Creates space to evaluate our work after air/publication, and works with reporters to improve  their reporting techniques and storytelling as appropriate. 

    • Coordinates with CPR News’ interview program, Colorado Matters, to arrange reporter  contributions to the show, and collaborates with the Investigations editor and/or the Audio  Innovations team on projects. 

    • Prepares and shares monthly coverage storytelling plans with News team, and suggests news  items in daily editorial meetings. Story and coverage priorities reflect CPR News goals to  center people directly impacted by news, and contribute to CPR News goals to grow and  broaden the audience. 

    • As part of the News leadership team, contributes to strategy and direction of CPR News and  fills in for colleagues as needed. 

    • Helps create an engaging and challenging environment for team members, and ensures all  staff are evaluated following CPR guidelines. Establishes, in partnership with News leadership  and according to CPR protocols, compensation for staff. 

    • Assists with newsroom hires and staff training as needed.

    • Non-standard working hours guaranteed. On call as needed and accountable for establishing  backup on-call staff when unavailable. 

    • Other duties as assigned, including on-air fundraising. 

    • Follows CPR’s ethics guidelines, and helps reporters adhere to those same ethical standards  as needed. 


    Core Competencies:  

    • Change/Adaptability/Flexibility: Adapts to change that benefits CPR, is open to new ideas,  takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, adjusts plans to meet changing needs.  
    • Communication: Communicates well both verbally and in writing, promptly shares information  and ideas with others throughout the organization as appropriate, has active listening skills,  can negotiate and persuade as needed. 
    • Results Focus/Initiative: Targets and achieves results, sets challenging goals, prioritizes  tasks, overcomes obstacles, accepts accountability, sets high standards and takes  responsibility, provides leadership/motivation. 
    • Collaboration: Working collaboratively with others to solve problems, achieve common goals  and positive results. Listens to others and values opinions. Is open with other team members  and expresses disagreement constructively. Seeks opportunities to work on teams as a means  to develop experience and knowledge.  


    Essential Skills: 

    • Identification with the mission and purpose of Colorado Public Radio. 

    • Minimum of five years of strong journalism experience with features editing, breaking news, meeting deadlines, and management experience strongly desired. 

    • Impeccable news judgment and outstanding writing and editing skills. 

    • Must be able to thrive in an environment that requires juggling multiple tasks and deadlines and  have strong organizational skills. 

    • Demonstrable track record of managing beat coverage with focus on enterprise as well as  breaking exclusive stories. 

    • Demonstrated experience reporting or editing coverage of underrepresented communities. 

    • Ability to support and manage staff from various backgrounds.

     

    Application Requirements:

    To apply, submit a cover letter that includes where you learned of the job opening, resume, and three professional references to careers@openmediafoundation.org with "Team Editor" in the subject line. Please also include links to samples of your work or projects you have led.

    Position is based in CPR's downtown Denver newsroom. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    No phone calls or drop ins please.

    Salary Range:  $75,000-$90,000

    Benefits Summary:

    Colorado Public Radio is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package that reflects our culture of caring. Our employees have access to: 100 percent employer paid individual health, dental, life, and disability coverage; an outstanding paid family medical leave policy plus paid holidays and a very generous sick, vacation, and personal time off plan; voluntary offerings such as vision; a competitive retirement plan match with no waiting or vesting periods; flexible schedules; engagement and development opportunities; and a casual atmosphere.

    Colorado Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer and encourages workplace diversity.



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