We’re hiring a Daily News Editor to lead statewide daily news planning, coordination and editing. You’ll edit a team of beat reporters based across Indiana and serving communities through a dozen NPR and PBS partner stations. We’re looking for someone who sees editing as a collaborative process and coaches and supports reporters to help them do their best work. We’re also looking for someone who’s energized by daily news, eager to build relationships with communities across Indiana and excited to work closely with a highly collaborative statewide team.
The statewide team reports on state government, education, health, workforce, energy and environment issues across Indiana, with a focus on connecting the many ways state policy affects people.
This new position sets the daily news budget. The editor works with five reporters to help identify and prioritize short-form stories on their beat, shape ongoing coverage, and edit daily broadcast spots on tight deadlines.
The daily news editor will focus on the production of short-form stories serving the newscasts of our station partners. They are comfortable editing on tight deadlines with accuracy and helping reporters develop short-form story ideas and continuing coverage. They are also comfortable coordinating among partner radio and television stations – helping identify needs and working with station news directors, editors and reporters.
IPB News is a collaboration of NPR and PBS stations in Indiana working closely together to expand and deepen reporting and community engagement for radio, TV and digital platforms and through community events. IPB News is partner-funded and receives grants from the Lilly Endowment.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES To be successful in this role, an individual must be able to perform in a satisfactory manner the essential functions and responsibilities listed below. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.
Daily short form editing
Plan and set the daily news budget for IPB News to meet deliverables, work with the managing editor, engagement manager and digital editor on editorial planning
Communicate daily plans to statewide partners
Work with reporters ahead of newsgathering to help shape and plan both daily stories and continuing coverage; help reporters identify and prioritize short-form stories
Collaboratively edit newscast stories with reporters, preserving their voiceand style, and coach reporters to help them improve their work; edit for accuracy and clarity; fact-check stories; ensuring statewide deadlines are met
Serve key role in coordinating breaking news coverage; On occasion, provide editorial support for partner stations; Coordinate with partner radio and television stations - helping to identify needs
Fill-in for managing editor as needed
Fill in for digital editor, publish stories through shared CMS, and send web elements to partners stations statewide
Edit web stories for clarity, adhering to AP Style and our statewide style guide, work with reporters on headlines that are both creative and SEO
Have a working understanding of basic HTML to embed community engagement tools and pre-built graphics into stories
Work with videographer to address short-form video needs for partner stations; identify video opportunities for daily reporting
Coordinate daily video deliverables with partner stations
Coordinate partner radio and television stations – helping to identify needs
OTHER FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Performs other duties as assigned
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience unless otherwise noted below.
At least a high school diploma
At least 5 years’ experience in a newsroom as a reporter, producer or editor.
Experience identifying and shaping stories that are relevant to and inclusive of many communities
Basic experience with HTML
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion within the team and in reporting and sourcing. Ability to build relationships with many diverse communities across Indiana
Advanced skills in news writing and copy editing, ability to edit on tight deadlines for accuracy, style and structure
Skilled at helping develop short-form story ideas and continuing coverage, helping reporters develop expertise on their beats
Ability to coordinate among partner radio and television stations – helping identify needs and working with station news directors, editors and reporters.
Excellent communication skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work under deadline pressure
One year of editing experience
Knowledge of SEO principles and best practices
Fluency in Spanish
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those an individual must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.
Ability to interact with others, both in person and through phone, e-mail, and written correspondence
Ability to move in and between various facilities and handle exposure to inclement weather
Ability to operate office equipment, including computers, copiers, fax machines, and phones
Ability to perform focused work with close attention to detail
Ability to sit for extended periods of time and to move intermittently throughout the workday
Good speaking and listening skills
Must be able to lift, carry and position 25 pounds at times