Senior Editor

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc, Hartford, CT USA

Our MISSION: to Inform, Educate and Inspire CT

Salary: Competitive with benefits

Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)

Duration: Full-Time

At Connecticut Public, we’re working to build something special. We’re expanding our newsroom to better cover communities across the state. We’re striving to be a newsroom that has high standards and high expectations and where people do the best work of their careers. A place where journalists can be their authentic selves and be creative and imaginative, producing journalism that’s relevant, impactful, meaningful and memorable.

Committed to producing and presenting trusted, unbiased, independent local journalism, the News team delivers content across media platforms so that we meet our audiences where they are – providing news when, where, and how they want to consume it. We are committed to high-quality information that reflects the diversity of our audiences across the entire state, with original reporting that tells stories people won't find anywhere else. Our goal is to be the most relevant journalism organization in the state and be a leading source of local news and analysis on the most pressing topics affecting our city and region.

We’re looking for someone who can lead, motivate and inspire a team of talented journalists, from veterans to people just launching their careers. The ideal candidate is someone who can push our newsroom to create relevant and memorable stories on different platforms that resonate with a wide and diverse audience. Helping edit and shape strong journalism is a must, but taking care of journalists is important, too. The ideal candidate is empathetic and inclusive and committed to creating a newsroom culture that prioritizes creativity, pushing boundaries and collaboration while showing respect for all team members.

General Summary

The Senior Editor manages day-to-day news coverage across all platforms; and works with editors and reporters to develop ideas for features, daily spots, interviews and digital content. S/he collaborates with the Executive Editor on developing coverage priorities and newsroom growth and serves as the back-up to the Executive Editor in running daily editorial operations and representing the newsroom to the larger organization. This position will also helps define and maintain ethical, editorial, artistic and technical standards for broadcast news. Finally, the Senior Editor will manage the Hartford and New Haven newsrooms and the staff of local reports on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Essential Functions

The Senior Editor provides a wide range of services. Applicants must have the ability to complete the following essential job functions:

  • Coaches reporters and editors on developing project ideas, reporting techniques, and in delivering the finished project to our audiences.
  • Coaches reporters on creative ways to tell stories on radio and digital.
  • Coaches’ reporters and editors on developing project ideas, reporting techniques, and in delivering the finished project to our audiences.
  • Coordinates with editorial and team leaders on newsletter, digital and linear TV/Radio strategies around each project.
  • Ensures reporters are focusing on significant topics that support the overall direction of CT Public News and meet our standards for journalistic excellence.
  • Follows CT Public ethics guidelines, and helps reporters adhere to those same ethical standards.
  • Leads and coordinates daily news planning and discussions with the news management team, to set direction and tone of content.
  • Manages and directs our Hartford and New Haven news.
  • Manages ongoing training and skills development programs for the newsroom, including coaching for on-air host and reporters.
  • Meets CT Public’s News state-wide editorial agenda, both short- and long-term.
  • Records and edits audio; produces and mixes content using audio equipment and digital editing software and compiles and edits material necessary for production.
  • Regularly reviews and provides constructive feedback on CT Public’s News content.
  • Seeks opportunities to produce quick-turn deep reporting on Ibreaking news situations.
  • Supervises Hartford Daily News Editor and is primary editor as needed on radio features, daily news, and interviews.
  • Assigns stories, approves pitches, and editing, working with reporters to ensure thorough coverage and best use of all platforms.
  • Works with Executive Editor on long-term planning to develop CT Public news goals across all platforms.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The Senior Editor has many responsibilities. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Anticipates special news events (and major stories) and create plan for coverage.
  • Assists with news staff hires and serves as hiring manager for direct reports.
  • Carries out office responsibilities, is readily available for collaboration and consultation within the department and across the organization, and to fills in editing daily material as circumstances require.
  • Committed to making CT Public’s coverage as diverse as possible, reflecting the communities we serve and encouraging journalists to seek out sources and voices from underrepresented groups.
  • Coordinates with the Where We Live team to connects news items from the daily show and the involvement of reporters on the show.
  • Ensures all direct reports are evaluated following the principles established under CT Public performance management process.
  • Sets goals with staff and ensures developmental and professional development needs are met.
  • Works with NENC and outside news organizations on collaborative projects.
  • Works with the Executive Editor to assess newsroom progress on goals and determine resource and professional development needs.
  • Other duties as assigned, including on-air fundraising.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:

  • Mission and purpose of CT Public.
  • AP and NPR style.
  • Libel laws and experienced in working with legal teams.
  • News judgement and an understanding of how to write for radio about state and New England regional issues and current events,
  • Principles of narrative journalism, and long-form storytelling in multiple formats.
  • Editing and news tools, including Word, Audition, Premiere and Newsboss.
  • Navigating complex organizations and making the right connections to drive work forward, while anticipating potential shifts in work.
  • Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Smartsheets and Outlook.

Skill In:

  • News judgment and outstanding writing and editing.
  • Audio reporting with impact and the courage to take on difficult subjects.
  • A diverse sense of storytelling in words, images and video.
  • Embracing and encouraging the use of new techniques and technologies.
  • Handling interpersonal conflict and communication, including collaborating across the newsroom and leading others.
  • Delegating, assigning, setting objectives, providing positive feedback and taking corrective action, if necessary.
  • Leading large complex projects, working in a fast-paced environment and handling multiple and changing priorities simultaneously.
  • Attentional-to-detail, scheduling, and strong organizational management.
  • Editing across all platforms with a demonstrated interest in sound-rich storytelling.

Ability to:

  • Work in fast-paced environment making smart, fast, solid editorial decisions under pressure under strict deadlines.
  • Maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness to CT Public and NPR in order to produce regional and national-quality broadcasting.
  • Take creative direction/feedback from a supervisor or colleague.
  • Work with editors and producers in environments that include geographically-separated and remote offices.
  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in diverse situations.
  • Possess initiative and self-motivation, and work with minimal supervision.
  • Define problems, collect data, and establish facts in order to draw valid conclusions as a change agent.
  • Is unwilling to settle for “the now” and pushes forward for internal change in our reporting.
  • Possess a visceral distaste for office politics and gossip.
  • Adapt to change that benefits CT Public, be open to new ideas, take on new responsibilities, handle pressure, and adjust plans to meet changing needs.

Work Environment
The Senior Editor is based out of our Hartford office. We expect this position to work in a combination of on-site and remote work in a general office environment. This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions. Some travel within the state, to our geographically-separated offices, may be required.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The physical activities of this position may include frequent in-person interactions. It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer workstation for prolonged periods, perform extensive data entry and other computer-related tasks. Must have close visual acuity to perform an activity, such as preparing and analyzing reports and writing stories, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal, or extensive reading. High stress environment with deadline pressures. Additionally, the employee must have the ability to concentrate for extended periods with frequent interruption, understand, and relate, to the concepts behind specific ideas. The typical physical requirements may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion. These physical demands, with or without reasonable accommodations, are required to perform the essential functions of this job.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time, salary exempt position. Days and hours of work vary, but often run Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Editor should expect non-standard working hours akin to evening, weekend, and holiday support depending on the operational tempo.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, or other closely relatable field AND a minimum of five (5) years’ direct and sustained professional journalism experience, with public radio experience preferred AND/OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. A strong record of achievement in reporting or editing and leading teams is preferred. 

About Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc

Connecticut Public is Connecticut’s only state-wide, community-supported public media service. We are a member station of national public media services PBS and NPR, and parent company for three television stations: Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); CPTV Spirit; and PBS Kids 24/7; and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). We serve one million people each month through our television, radio and digital platforms.

Our MISSION: to Inform, Educate and Inspire CT

We will inform, educate and inspire the people of Connecticut, connecting and empowering them through outstanding journalism, storytelling, education and experiences, to make our state a more extraordinary place to live, work and play.

Our VISION: Connecting our CT Communities

To be an essential source for truth and ideas that connects the citizens of Connecticut to their communities and to the world.

WHO Connecticut Public SERVES

As public media we have a responsibility to serve everyone, to welcome everyone. In our storytelling; through our local CT news, regional New England news, and national news services; within our television and radio programming content; through our outreach programs and partnerships across Connecticut; our goal is to ensure that our communities see themselves reflected and represented in Connecticut Public’s public media services.

WHAT WE DO: Local CT News, Shows, Podcasts and More

In addition to delivering highly trusted PBS and NPR programming, Connecticut Public also produces award-winning local news, public affairs and entertainment programming that covers the issues and ideas most relevant to the residents of Connecticut, and beyond. Original productions include television documentaries, public affairs programs and arts-and-culture series. Our local radio talk shows/podcasts include Where We Live hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil, The Colin McEnroe Show, Disrupted with Khalilah Brown-Dean, Audaciouswith Chion Wolf, and Seasoned with hosts Chef Plum and Marysol Castro. Connecticut Public television has produced and presented several national public TV programs for PBS. Our national shows have included Infinity Hall Live, The Kate, Living with Parkinsons, 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel, and FAKE: Searching for Truth in the Age of Misinformation.

Our multiple media platforms include over-the-air, cable TV and live-streaming television, over-the-air and digital live streaming radio, podcasts, websites, social media, mobile apps, email newsletters, and the Passport video-on-demand service with an extensive PBS library of programs for members. A print edition of our monthly schedule and guide, What’s ON!, appears in each edition of Connecticut Magazine. Through special events, both online and in-person, we engage audiences of wide-ranging ages, origins and interests.

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. is also the sole owner of the for-profit MediaVision Creative agency located in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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