This person will work closely with the general manager and other station leadership as well as the newsroom, determining the best way to serve the Austin community in a time of newsroom growth. The primary challenge ahead of us is the creation of an audience-focused newsroom culture that relies on the needs of the community to drive coverage and distribution platforms; reflects the diversity of the newsroom we cover; is embracing digital innovation; is heavily engaged with the audience; and is focused on solutions-based accountability reporting as well as distinct storytelling. We work closely with other Texas public media stations, as well as NPR, making sure that public media is providing needed news and information on the air across the state. We also work with local partners, and are constantly seeking innovative ways to help them tell their stories, as well as provide a wider audience for our own. The executive editor will serve on the general manager’s leadership team, helping to create and execute a station-wide strategy that is based on a mission of public service and the belief that keeping the public informed improves our community. We strive to reflect the audience and community, so diversity is important to us in all of our hiring decisions.
Create and enforce editorial standards and practices for the KUT newsroom and Texas Standard
Supervise creation of content across all KUT platforms
Determine coverage strategy, with a focus on audience and community needs
Assist in daily/project editing as needed
Working with newsroom managers, recruit and retain a diverse team of journalists
Develop and oversee continued evolution of a digital content strategy
Foster a collaborative culture in the newsroom where ideas are encouraged at all levels
Oversee personnel decisions for the newsroom staff in consultation with newsroom managers
Assist in the creation of development plan and training for all newsroom employees
Provide consistent feedback on editorial content
Manage the newsroom budget
Represent KUT and Texas Standard at public events and industry meetings
Work with business-side functions as appropriate to develop audiences
Other related functions as assigned
Required Qualifications Bachelor’s degree. Ten years of experience as a working journalist, at least three of which have been in a leadership role in a newsroom. Candidates should have a track record of upholding the highest editorial ethics and standards. Demonstrated ability working in a collaborative environment. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Preferred Qualifications Previous radio experience, especially public radio, is desired. The ideal candidate is an experienced journalist and leader, with a proven record overseeing local news and digital operations. Our staff has a wide range of experience, so candidates should be as comfortable providing a sounding board for veteran journalists as they are guiding reporters in their first full time job. The ability to help less experienced reporters develop their careers to the next level is important, as is providing challenge and opportunity to more experienced reporters we hope to retain.