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Full-Time: Senior Editor, Weekends

  • 2021-05-27 1:00 PM
    Message # 10563920

    The Senior Editor, Weekends, is a team leader and editorial change agent within KQED, working in multi-platform media to reach key new audiences. KQED’s weekend coverage is a digital-, engagement-, and audience-forward operation. The editor leads production of 10+ radio newscasts daily and oversees the process for getting material in place for news coverage in the coming week. The right candidate will have experience assigning and editing stories throughout the day for newscasts and other radio programs and assigning and editing of news content for the web and mobile.

    The Senior Editor, Weekends, is a full-time staff position, and manager of the small but mighty weekend news team. This position also will direct and manage the producer for KQED’s opinion and commentary unit, Perspectives.

    This editor reports to the Managing Editor, Digital News, and manages a team of an anchor/reporter, an editor/anchor, two weekend reporters, two digital producers and one Perspectives producer. Much of the teams’ work will be focused on engagement, social and digital coverage—posting breaking news online and taking our content to new audiences and communities.

    This editor is also part of the editorial team that develops and executes KQED’s coverage strategy for radio, web, mobile and social media platforms.

    One of our core beliefs at KQED is that we are better together, and that we commit to grow and improve each day and hold ourselves accountable when we fall short of that commitment. And when we do not stick to our values, our actions will disproportionately hurt the most marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. We strongly encourage applicants from all marginalized communities.


    Essential Functions:

    1. Oversees weekend news on Saturdays and Sundays.
    2. Coordinates hand-offs with, from, and to other editors and producers.
    3. Keeps tabs of wires and media for breaking news.
    4. Manages weekend anchors, producers and reporters.
    5. Oversees the Perspectives series.
    6. Coordinates assignments with the digital news team and other teams as needed.
    7. Adjusts assignments and makes new assignments when necessary, to reflect changes in news planning and news developments during the daily news cycle.
    8. Edits weekend scripts and audio for KQED News, The California Report and other radio programs.
    9. Edits content for digital platforms.
    10. Finalizes daily production of all radio content.
    11. Communicates crucial information to internal and outside parties, and iterates these communication systems and workflows in service of the team and the journalism.
    12. Leads special news projects when assigned.

    Non-Essential Functions:    

    1. Gathers tape and conducts interviews.
    2. Conducts and oversees research for story assignment, development and production.
    3. Reports and writes for digital platforms.
    4. Anchors newscasts when assigned or necessary.
    5. Assumes other duties as assigned.


      Knowledge/Experience Required:

    • A minimum of three-to-five years experience as an editor or manager in journalism.
    • Demonstrated and exemplary communication and collaboration skills.
    • Passion for attracting, mentoring, coaching and developing journalistic talent in a newsroom organization. 
    • Ability to identify on-the-job learning opportunities for staff.
    • Extremely organized—for you it’s not a skill set, it’s a lifestyle.


    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 paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. 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 people 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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