he Radio Editor will be a key manager in an expanding public media newsroom with two primary responsibilities: oversee and manage afternoon and evening newsgathering for local radio newscast; and coordinate long-term story planning across all newsroom platforms (radio, TV, and digital).
In consultation with the News Director and Managing Editor, the Radio Editor will assign and edit reporters to produce local news content for that evening’s All Things Considered, the next day’s Morning Edition, and for WGBHNews.org.
The Radio Editor must have a keen eye for local news, work closely with reporters to develop original stories, and react quickly to breaking news. Experience in the Greater Boston market is a plus.
This position will work a Sunday through Thursday shift, primarily in the late afternoon and evening, adjusting to news as necessary. Because this is an evening shift, the Radio Editor is expected to work independently, have the editorial judgement to help set the next morning’s news agenda, edit spot news, voicers and features, and ensure a smooth hand-off of material to the early morning producers. The Radio Editor may also be called on to write and track stories, collect interview sound, set-up interviews for the morning, and update the website and social media accounts. On occasion, the Radio Editor may be asked to host special radio coverage or breaking news.
The Radio Editor will also coordinate with other newsroom managers to facilitate long-term story planning across all platforms. This includes identifying and tracking upcoming news events, maintaining a long-term planning calendar, and helping set newsgathering priorities and assignments. The Radio Editor will play a key role communicating news coverage assignments to the newsroom and help facilitate communications between individual programs, including Boston Public Radio, The Takeaway, The World, Greater Boston, Basic Black and Open Studio as well as directly to individual reporters and editors when required.
Basic Daily Duties:
• Work with reporters to determine stories, edit radio scripts, wraps, and voicers for newscast.
• Edit feature-length stories for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
• Deploy resources to cover developing stories and breaking news.
• Manage coordination of daily news coverage across Television / Radio / Online with efficiency and in consultation with the News Director and other Editors.
• Enterprise content planning using online and social media resources as well as traditional news researching tools.
• Produce and publish updates to planning schedules to multiple platforms throughout the day.
• Write and edit when required for the web site and posting on social media.
• Service and support various news and information gathering efforts – such as recognizing technical issues, credentials, etc.
• Assist in the planning and execution of special events.
Assign and edit radio reporters’ voicers, wraps and features for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Write news copy and cut/ scripts. Audio edit on desktop editing software.
React to breaking news, deploy resources, research, pre-interview and book guests.
Maintain the planning calendar and coordinate coverage across all platforms: Television, Radio and Online
Write for online and maintain social media accounts
Host special events on occassion
Perform other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate must have great people skills, excellent knowledge of Greater Boston area and broadcast, digital and social experience gathering/distributing news.
• Excellent writing and editing skills.
• Strong organizational skills in a fast paced and deadline driven environment.
• Sound news judgment with the ability to work under tight deadlines, in stressful situations, and make decisions independently.
• Strong knowledge of social media, online, mobile, etc. content gathering tools and technologies.
• Strong desktop editing capabilities.
• Clear understanding of basic news gathering tools, sharing technology and use.
• Ability to write in broadcast style and familiarity with NPR and AP style.
• Ability to cultivate and develop working relationships with local newsmakers and their staff.
• Ability to report and track stories.
• Ability to host special coverage is preferred.
• Must be available to work all shifts.
Minimum 5 years of newsroom production, assignment, and resource management
Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and act with appropriate urgency. Demonstrated research skills.