Assistant Regional Managing Editor: Gulf States Newsroom

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The Gulf States Newsroom is seeking an editor with strong communication and collaboration skills to guide coverage and help lead an awesome team of reporters. Over the past three years, the Gulf States Newsroom — a collaboration among public radio stations in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, plus NPR — has established itself as a team that illuminates issues in the Deep South and amplifies underrepresented voices.

We track shifts in the region, from the expansion of dollar stores to the rise of collegiate women’s wrestling, and efforts to train a new generation of Black farmers. We follow up with communities to shed light on widely relevant issues like disaster recovery and high utility bills.

The assistant managing editor is an essential part of that coverage. We need a self-starter who can juggle multiple tasks, give thoughtful feedback and come up with creative systems and solutions as the newsroom continues to expand. You will work with the managing editor and digital editor to expand community engagement initiatives and experiment with ways to further the reach of our stories to new audiences.

You’ll help to lead an awesome team of beat reporters covering health equity, criminal justice, economic mobility, environmental justice, sports and culture across the three states. Our reporters are primarily responsible for enterprise feature reporting, rather than quick-turn dailies.

When reporters come to you with a big or vague idea, you’ll guide them to narrow it into a clear pitch and create an actionable reporting plan. You push them to step past press releases and breaking news to identify stories that prioritize the people most impacted by the issues. You work with reporters to edit audio stories from start to finish. You work hand-in-hand with the digital editor to make stories shine on all platforms. You can discern and balance patience and decisiveness. You also work with local editors and reporters at partner newsrooms to identify coverage and collaboration opportunities.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Annual Salary Range: $64,000-$72,000

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Position open until filled, review of applications begins February 1

Who We Are: The Gulf States Newsroom is a partnership between WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama, WWNO in New Orleans and WRKF in Baton Rouge, Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson, and NPR. We’re working together as a regional newsroom to plan coverage, share resources and add reporting power in a story-rich region where too many local news outlets have disappeared. It’s part of NPR’s Collaborative Journalism Network, an initiative designed to better connect NPR with local member stations to tell the story of the entire country from everywhere in the country.

Check out our stories here. For behind-the-scenes insights, check out the Gulf States Newsroom Medium where editors and reporters share insights.

All Gulf States Newsroom team members are employed through WBHM, the lead station of the collaborative based at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and this role is eligible for university benefits.

All applications must include:

  1. A cover letter that explains why you are interested in this position and the Gulf States Newsroom and elaborates on why you are the right person for the role
  2. Your resume
  3. Two links to stories you reported or edited, along with a few sentences explaining the backstory of the piece and your role

Responsibilities:
• Works with the Gulf States Newsroom managing editor, digital editor and station news directors to assign, budget and edit stories.
• Meets with reporters to map out story coverage and workshop ideas and pitches.
• Performs hands-on editing of audio stories — providing guidance in field production and mixing. Enforces deadlines and distributes content.
• Attends local station news meetings to facilitate collaboration and sharing of content. Provides editing support to stations as needed.
• Communicate with NPR editors and national programs to amplify local and regional work.
• Conducts regular station visits across states and accompanies reporters in the field when possible.
• Assumes duties of the Gulf States Newsroom managing editor — leading meetings, assigning content and running reporter check-ins — in their absence.
• Attends conferences and takes advantage of skill-building and training opportunities.
• Works with managing editor to develop and edit long-form projects.
• Ensures that all content complies with NPR’s editorial standards.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Skills:
• At least seven years of journalism experience
• Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Liberal Arts or a related field
• A proven track record of reporting or editing original, enterprise stories
• Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills
• Ability to handle multiple complex projects simultaneously and to adapt to changing priorities/conditions

Preferred Skills:
• Experience in a collaborative news environment
• Familiarity with audio storytelling and/or the public media system
• Experience reporting or editing in the South
• Experience incorporating audience and community engagement into the story process
• Experience with investigative reporting or long-form storytelling
• Ability to speak a language besides English

 

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