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Deputy Managing Editor, Digital News

The Deputy Managing Editor, Digital News is responsible for news produced by the KQED newsroom for KQED’s digital platforms: web, mobile and social. In a nutshell, this person shapes the identity of KQED.org/news and many other platforms online.

On a day-to-day basis, the Deputy Managing Editor, Digital News supervises KQED's digital staff, in both daily news reporting and long-term feature reporting, as well as coordinates the broader news reporting and editing staff to oversee news-gathering efforts to provide timely, high-quality news and feature coverage. Besides assigning and framing digital team members, this person is empowered to ask and require of other newsroom staff to file and think about digital story framing, structure and storytelling. This position is expected to work closely with other editors to determine which stories we want for online, will step in as line editor on stories as needed, delegates edits on other stories and represents the team in editorial and senior leadership meetings. Also, this position leads weekly digital team meetings, continues to improve editorial calendar workflow so that digital team has advanced notice, and input, over what stories are coming.

Working directly with the executive editor of news at KQED, the Deputy Managing Editor, Digital News will lead the organization to focus strategically on the articulation and growth of our digital presence. Specifically, the Deputy Managing Editor, Digital News will help form and direct a newly restructured digital production and editorial team to better reflect KQED’s mission to deliver insightful, in-depth and must-have news and service content to a growing and more diverse audience. This editor oversees the journalism requirements for the development of digital tools and delivery systems for distribution and presentation of digital news and is responsible for the journalism requirements within social media policies and news partnerships.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversees daily operation of KQEDNews.org.
  • Assigns and edits stories, photographs, graphics, videos, audio and other news content for digital platforms.
  • Supervises work of direct reports (digital editors, digital producers, interns, data journalists, bloggers, visual and video journalists, and more); schedules staff, and conducts performance evaluations.
  • Supervises work of other staff producing news for digital platforms.
  • Provides journalism requirements in the development of digital tools and the delivery, distribution and presentation of digital news.
  • Coordinates with other Senior Editors and Senior Producers on long-term news planning.
  • Coordinates with other Senior Editors and Senior Producers on digital news training, equipment evaluation, operational protocols and standards and monitoring of emerging technologies impacting news.
  • Coordinates with Television, Education, Communications and other KQED Departments on joint and shared operations and initiatives involving news.
  • Manages on call and freelance contracts, invoices and rates for digital news content.

Other Job Functions:

  • Doing hands-on online news work such as news blogging, story editing and reporting.
  • Editing stories.
  • Collecting audio, conducting interviews.
  • Assuming other duties as assigned.
  • Direct reports: 7

Credentials/Education Required:

  • Five years experience in an online operation with strong news or editorial focus preferred. B.A. or masters degree in journalism, broadcast, mass communications or comparable media curriculum containing multimedia and digital news emphasis is a plus.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Thorough knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics and standards.
  • Excellent news judgment
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in managing online news operations.
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage briskly paced, multi-platform news operation.
  • Excellent knowledge of current and emerging technologies impacting journalism, including web, mobile and social media.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressures.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and innovate.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with both veteran and new staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams and across departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with external partners and collaborations.

Knowledge/Experience Desired

  • Five years experience working in an online news operation is desired.
  • Experience in broadcast news is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of the 9-county Bay Area and the Sacramento region is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of a range of significant regional and state-wide public affairs issues and subjects such as government and politics, the economy, education, health, immigration, legal affairs, the environment and arts a plus
  • Experience working in a demographically diverse news environment strongly desired.
  • Experience in building news teams and news operations a plus.
  • B.A. or Masters degree in journalism, broadcast, mass communications or comparable media curriculum containing multimedia and digital news emphasis a plus.

Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family friendly workplace offering 20 days of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) with employer match. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more. 
Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people 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.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.

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