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Senior Editor for News-Enterprise-DigitalMedia

Senior Editor for News-Enterprise-DigitalMedia

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WLRN-Miami Herald News, the NPR member station in South Florida is looking to hire three senior editors (news, enterprise and digital media).

Applications are due on April 30, 2012.
WLRN-Miami Herald News, the NPR member station in South Florida is looking to hire three senior editors (news, enterprise and digital media).

Applications are due on April 30, 2012.

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SENIOR EDITOR FOR NEWS
Date: Monday, April 2, 2012Station: WLRNCompany: South Florida Public Media/Friends of WLRNJob Title: Senior Editor, News, WLRN‐
Miami Herald 
NewsFLSA Status: Full‐time, Exempt Reports to: News DirectorSchedule: 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Monday Friday or as job demandsReason for Opening: NewLocation: Miami, FL
To apply:
 Application should include (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume or CV, (3) work samplesand (4) at least three references that have worked closely with you and can speak of your qualifications for the position. Please email application toWLRNnews@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2012.
Position Summary:
The Senior Editor for News is one of three WLRN Senior Editors who with the NewsDirector constitute the News Department’s Leadership Team. The News Directorreports directly to WLRN’s General Manager. The WLRN news department has anine‐year editorial partnership with the
Miami Herald 
and is located inside the
Miami Herald 
newsroom. The Senior Editors will manage their assigned areas of responsibility; help craft and manage overall News Department direction andstrategy across all of our platforms; apply high ethical, journalism and radiostandards consistent with NPR’s new ethics code; supervise content consistent withthe News Department’s approach to subject‐area verticals (beats), sense of placeprogramming and user interactivity; participate in news events; act as workingmanagers and pitch in on daily production needs; and supervise and evaluate staff assigned to them. As a team, the Senior Editors will meet regularly to review allassignments, set priorities for the coming week and do longer‐range planning. In theabsence of one of the other Senior Editors or the News Director, the Senior Editorwill be called upon to oversee other areas of news across all of our platforms and/orfunction as acting News Director. The Senior Editors will rotate as the on‐dutymanager during nights and weekends.
Senior Editor, News:
Directs, reviews and edits work of assigned staff, includingthe anchors, producers and beat reporters. The primary goal and focus of the SeniorEditor for News is to increase the value and impact of WLRN’s news coverage byfocusing our reporting resources on the coverage of fewer subjects in greater depth.This individual will oversee WLRN’s news coverage across all of our platforms,including 16 daily newscasts and signature segments, mobilizing staff resources andworking in collaboration with the
Miami Herald 
newsroom to maximize the timely
 
delivery of key information to our digital and broadcast audiences around definedsubject‐area verticals. This position has primary responsibility for monitoring thebreaking‐ and hard‐news flow to ensure timely coverage. This editor will manageWLRN’s relationship with the Florida News Exchange, collaborate with newsroomsacross the state and oversee daily coverage from correspondents in Washington,D.C., Tallahassee, Palm Beach County and Broward County.
Position Responsibility:
General duties:
 
Demonstrates interest in and knowledge of the major issues facing SouthFlorida. Engages in continual self‐education and education of the staff.
 
Drive daily coverage plan for 16 daily newscasts, and suggest continual waysto refine and improve our core broadcast news product.
 
Ensure a daily flow of fresh breaking and hard‐news content across all of ourplatforms.
 
Oversees coverage of breaking news of importance to our listeners in closecollaboration with the
Miami Herald’s
breaking news team.
 
Liaison with the
Miami Herald’s
Continuous News Desk.
 
Train
Miami Herald 
reporters in audio recording, writing and production toproduce daily spot stories.
 
Tap into the full potential of the
Miami Herald 
news partnership to shepherdnews stories across multiple platforms.
 
Coach reporters to come up with fresh, forward‐looking news approachesthat emphasize the news department’s core values of Sense of Place andAudience Interactivity. Engage the audience regularly in coverage of thecommunity using the Public Insight Network.
 
Assists in recruiting and hiring best candidates for open positions. Keepscurrent with talent for such purposes.
 
Establish a story planning and communications process. Attend andparticipate in
Miami Herald 
news meetings, weekly enterprise planningmeetings; run daily radio standup meetings; establish and run weekly newsplanning meetings and listening sessions with the reporting staff. Coordinatecoverage plan and resource sharing with News Director and other SeniorEditors to reflect evolving news assignments and opportunities.
 
Put an emphasis on coverage of ethnic and racial diversity and full regionalgeographic coverage, in particular stories in Palm Beach and Browardcounties.
 
Oversee the workflow from local freelancers as well as correspondents andcontributors in Tallahassee, Broward County, Palm Beach County andWashington DC.
 
Engage the audience regularly using the Public Insight Network, though dailyqueries and questions of the day.
 
Work with the News Director and other Senior Editors to ensure 100 percent participation of the news staff in the creation of digital content.
 
 
Work with the WLRN communications, programming and membership staff to ensure proper promoting of high‐impact coverage.
 
Fill‐in for other Senior Editors, News Director, or other staff as needed.
 
Create and work under an approved annual work plan, with goals, objectivesand measureable metrics.
 
Performs all administrative duties as assigned, including time sheet monitoring and approval, vacation scheduling and payment of freelancers.
 
Performs technical liaison as needed for the news staff with
Miami Herald 
ITand WLRN engineering.
 
Help organize, attend and participate in public events and communityoutreach as a representative of the station. Maintain an active social mediapresence on Facebook and Twitter, as well as other platforms yet to beidentified.
 
Rotates with other senior editors as on‐duty manager for the newsdepartment during nights and weekends.
 
Other tasks as assigned.
Expectations:
 
The News Editor will often be called on in the early morning and weekendsto coordinate breaking news coverage, and in the evenings and weekends toedit spot stories.
 
As a regular part of his or her duties, the Newscast Editor will be expected toproduce spot news coverage of breaking stories across all of our platforms.Producing these stories will relieve pressure on the staff due to periodicstaffing shortages. This is an opportunity to lead by example.
Required Skills and Experience:
 
Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
 
Minimum 4 years directly related experience, 3 years reporting experience
.
 
 
Excellent knowledge of and broad experience in broadcast journalism, includingreporting, researching, writing, interviewing, and editing.
 
 
Excellent ability to create story ideas, report, edit and produce program elements.
 
Proven ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders and partners tofind win‐win situations.
 
Ability to successfully meet deadlines, handle multiple responsibilities underpressure and often independently outside of regular business hours.
 
 
Good multi‐tasking abilities.
 
 
Strong critical judgment skills and the ability to make decisions regardingcredibility, personality and value of material to program.
 
Strong news judgment and familiarity with public radio news and values.
 
Ability to edit material of remote producers over the phone.
 
 
Strong research skills.
 
 
Ability to work with little or no supervision.
 
 
Superior communication skills.
 
 
Ability to work quickly and effectively with reporters and freelancers.
 

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