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Full Time: Digital Editor, Climate

  • 2023-01-04 3:28 PM
    Message # 13044667

    Considering the moment we currently live in, our journalists have a key duty to lead aggressive reporting that documents the impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable, and upends the status quo to discover solutions. 

    With this position, KQED has the opportunity to be a leader in California, highlighting stories in the areas of climate change, health and science. This position is a specialized, full-time digital editor, in one of the largest science and environment journalism units in Northern California. 

    Strong candidates should be skilled and savvy journalists with expertise in editing digital news content and fact-checking across platforms. This person will assign and edit science-rich news stories and content for, engagement platforms and anywhere else text could possibly live online. The editor should have experience working in daily news on a range of topics, as well as enterprise or investigative stories, and have a working familiarity with data and digital graphics. While they will be responsible for the editing of online content, the person may be relied upon to edit stories for radio broadcast, at certain moments, as well as edit stories outside of science coverage areas as needed by the news teams.

    The ideal candidate should also be communicative, collaborative and extremely organized, and able to prioritize under time constraints with grace and accuracy. They should be well accustomed to working in fast-paced environments.

    They will work closely with the managing editor of digital, the senior editor of news and newscasts, and the senior editor of the climate and health team. This editor will coordinate and edit science news, including short-form, quick-turn stories done on a daily or weekly basis, longer topical features, as well as, ambitious journalism projects, per the discretion of the editor’s supervisor. Other duties include bulletproofing stories with data and shaping interactive elements. This editor reports to the managing editor of digital. They’ll work closely with KQED’s climate and health reporters, the AM assignment editor, digital news team, producers, GA reporters and the broader newsroom. This editor may also assign and direct reporters and/or producers.

    This editor will work with both digital and audio news teams in our newsroom. This editor will provide specialized knowledge of climate, science and health to inform our coverage, and will be expected to be a leader on these subjects in the newsroom. They should be skilled in all aspects of front-end online production. The ideal candidate excels at writing engaging and effective display copy such as headlines, sub-headlines, summaries and captions.

    KQED envisions a public media organization with a culture that centers on human dignity, equity, and belonging. This will enable us to better serve and reflect the Bay Area through diverse and inclusive storytelling. 

    We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

    The mission that drives us:

    KQED provide citizens of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.   We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

    This role will work hybrid between working inKQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Salary Information: $80,448-$100,560 Annually

    Essential Functions:

    • Takes editing assignments and direction from Supervising Senior Editor, News & Newscasts, and Managing Editor, Digital; Senior Editor, Climate and Health team; and Supervising Senior Editor of Race and Equity.
    • Pitches stories, assigns and delivers edits in a timely manner to meet digital needs as determined by team leaders.
    • Helps to write or edit highly effective headlines, excerpts and copy that is accurate, compelling, engaging and SEO friendly. 
    • Fact-checks with reporter — or editor — and sources as needed.
    • Ensures text is consistent with KQED style guidelines.
    • Provides production support and expertise for stories on and 
    • Oversees and/or project manages series and projects, and their producers.
    • Offers topical expertise and editing guidance to all editors in the newsroom as it pertains to stories in production.
    • Offers topical expertise and editing guidance to reporters on these topic areas.
    • Edits text and photo content for the web, mobile and social media, ensuring that articles make sequential and logical sense, and ensuring accuracy of images and captions
    • Communicates clearly with reporters, editors and staff.

    Knowledge/Experience Required:

    • Excellent writing and editing and story organization skills; science news judgment; and organizational skills to work in briskly paced, multi-platform news operation. 
    • Ability to edit in variety of publishing platforms and mediums (web, mobile, photography, video)
    • Thorough knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics and standards.
    • Thorough knowledge of copyright laws.
    • Strong communications and reporting skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work well with both experienced and newer reporters.
    • Demonstrated ability to center people from marginalized communities in stories.
    • Ability to excel under intense deadline pressure.
    • Experience with investigative, enterprise or data stories and projects; climate, health or science content; basic HTML; social media tools and platforms to maximize reach and impact.
    • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite. 
    • Proven capacity to identify opportunities for stories of high relevance to audiences.
    • Familiarity with and interest in optimizing language for social media and engagement platforms.
    • Ability to provide science and health expertise inside KQED and in the broader community.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with radio and audio teams.

    Knowledge/Experience Desired:

    • Working knowledge of the 9-county Bay Area and California preferred.
    • Working knowledge of a range of significant regional and state-wide public affairs subjects such as government and politics, the economy, education, health, immigration, legal affairs, the environment, transportation, and the arts preferred. 
    • Experience working in a demographically diverse news environment is strongly desired.
    • Non-english language skills are a plus.

    Non-Essential Functions:

    • Reports stories and conducts interviews. Conducts and oversees research for story assignment, development and production.
    • Assumes other duties as assigned.
    • On occasion, fills in for other producers or editors.
    • Represents KQED at events. 

    If you’re interested in this job but don’t feel like you meet all of the qualifications, please consider applying and tell us more about yourself.

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