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Full-time: Editor, Local News Features

The Bay Area and California are undergoing profound change. Mission-driven journalism is documenting that on a daily basis. The editor of local news features is one of the key leaders of KQED’s efforts to tell the stories of this world. 

This position serves as the primary story editor for KQED features and two-ways airing during KQED News’s Morning Edition, offering listeners key coverage of importance to the Bay Area region. This position plays a critical and high-profile role in the KQED newsroom, leading our thinking and execution on our longest local audio stories.

The reporting should be multi-platform and must be as strong digitally as it is in the radio and audio space. S/he will both conceive and produce original reporting and analysis, as well as work with the morning anchor on two-way ideas and field production. Additionally, this position will be expected to work closely with The California Report, our statewide radio show and digital presence. The editor will be expected to collaborate with KQED editors and NPR and sometimes other national outlets on the planning of stories.

Essential Functions:

  1. Assists the KQED senior editorial team in setting goals and direction for our feature length Bay Area stories.
  2. Leads coverage, edits, and reports on news across digital, audio and other content platforms.
  3. Edits feature reporting for digital and radio content. Reviews written stories, news scripts, edited audio and video news content, photographs, videos and databases.
  4. Conceives of and directs production and execution of host two-ways with newsmakers, reporters and others in the region.
  5. Coordinate production needs between reporters, producers, editors and sound engineering.
  6. Keeps tabs of wires and media outlets for late-breaking news.
  7. Adjusts assignments and makes new assignments when necessary to reflect changes in news planning and news developments.
  8. Alerts relevant departments of changes to schedules and studio production appointments.
  9. Edits daily scripts and audio for KQED News, The California Report and other radio programs.
  10. Edits text and photo content for the web, mobile and social media.

Other Job Functions:

  1. Gathers tape and conducts interviews. Conducts and oversees research for story assignment, development and production.
  2. Assumes other duties as assigned.

Credentials/Education Required: 

  1. 3-5 years broadcast editing production on radio news desk or equivalent news operation experience. B.A. degree in journalism, broadcast, mass communications or comparable media curriculum.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  1. Excellent writing and editing and radio story organization skills.
  2. Excellent knowledge of sound editing and radio production techniques.
  3. Excellent news judgment.
  4. Excellent organizational skills to work in briskly paced, multi-platform news operation.
  5. Ability to edit in variety of publishing platforms and mediums (radio, web, mobile, photography, video)
  6. Thorough knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics and standards.
  7. Strong communications skills.
  8. Strong reporting skills.
  9. Demonstrated ability to work well with both veteran and new reporters.
  10. Ability to work under deadline pressures.

Knowledge/Experience Desired

  1. Working knowledge of the 9-county Bay Area and California preferred.
  2. 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. 
  3. Skilled at group editing and collaborative work.
  4. Experience working in a demographically diverse news environment strongly desired.
  5. Experience in building news teams and news operations a plus.
  6. Language skills 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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