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Editor, Harvest Public Media

  • 2021-10-13 4:23 PM
    Message # 11458064

    KCUR 89.3 is seeking an experienced editor to take the helm of Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public media stations reporting on food, agriculture and rural issues throughout the Midwest.

    Harvest Public Media is based at KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri. Its partners are St. Louis Public Radio, also in Missouri; Nebraska Public Media in Lincoln, Nebraska; Iowa Public Radio; KOSU in Norman, Oklahoma; and WILL in Illinois.

    We seek an editor who is passionate about diving deep into issues affecting how the world eats, the present and future of a central U.S. industry and the often overlooked or misunderstood complexities and nuances of rural life. We’re looking for someone who is eager to collaborate with talented reporters capable of producing top-notch journalism that sheds light on an important topic while telling an interesting story. Being an expert on food and farming is not required, but a willingness to learn is.

    The editor is responsible for driving ambitious coverage across radio, digital, social media and other platforms, and should be comfortable working quickly on the news of the day as well as planning long-term reporting projects. The mandate is varied: one day you’ll assign a story on politics, the next you’ll work on an environment story and later that day you’ll edit a business story.

    This is also an opportunity to work with two other regional collaborations based at KCUR: the Kansas News Service and NPR’s new Midwest Newsroom, which focuses on investigative reporting in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.

    The Harvest team is more than the sum of its parts, and this job requires the ability to work cooperatively with reporters, editors, station managers and regional collaborators. The editor is responsible for growing reporters’ capacity and aspirations, and should possess a keen understanding of what makes public media journalism special but also have ambitions to help drive public media forward.

    Our strong preference is for someone who will work from the Harvest headquarters in Kansas City. KCUR 89.3 is the NPR affiliate in Kansas City and is an editorially independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. See www.kcur.org/jobs for information about KCUR and Kansas City.

    Characteristic duties

    • Ensures the smooth production and delivery of content to partners from the Harvest Public Media team. This work includes digital stories, audio stories, and multimedia series.
    • Generates, approves, assigns and edits stories for the radio and web with a focus on food, food production and other rural issues.
    • Ensures an efficient approach to news gathering and reporting that produces in-depth coverage of distinction, including breaking news situations.
    • Brings in relevant stories from partner stations or collaborates on specific edits or story assignments.
    • Ensures that stories – audio and digital – are filed properly by reporters, and that stations are can retrieve content efficiently.
    • Holds conference calls with reporting team on a weekly basis and with news directors as needed.
    • Manages regular communication channels for the team and the KCUR newsroom.
    • Attends KCUR daily news meetings and a weekly meeting with the station’s editorial leadership to create an integrated approach to the team’s work.
    • Edits and works with reporters in the KCUR newsroom as needed.
    • Coordinates coverage among related partners at other public media stations and news outlets. 
    • Serves as a resource for talk shows, including identifying sources and opportunities for additional coverage, conducting two-ways and interviews, and appearing as a guest. 
    • Participates in assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
    • Sends out and maintains operating agreements with stations.
    • Organizes annual training and feedback meetings for reporters and news directors.
    • Travels to partner stations to work with and train reporters.
    • Manages social media accounts.
    • Reports for radio and web as needed.
    • Oversees the work of interns at times.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Minimum qualifications

    A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least four years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

    Preferred qualifications

    • Experience in an editorial capacity in a media organization.
    • Management experience in a public media or news organization.
    • Experience in successfully managing content collaborations or working collaboratively within an organization.
    • Excellent writing skills, proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.
    • Ability to work on diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
    • Experience in operating a variety of broadcast equipment including digital editing systems (e.g. Adobe Audition), field recording units and other production equipment.
    • Demonstrated ability as a newsroom leader.
    • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
    • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
    • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.


    Salary range starts at $53,600, commensurate with education and experience.

    How to Apply

    Application deadline is November 3, 2021. KCUR 89.3 is the NPR affiliate in Kansas City and is an editorially independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Please apply online at UMKC’s website: https://info.umkc.edu/hr/careers/  Select “Staff Positions,” then “View Jobs,” then “View All Jobs.”

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