Assistant Editor, NYC Accountability Desk

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Assistant Editor, NYC Accountability Desk

The WNYC newsroom is looking for an enterprising and curious Assistant Editor to join our NYC Accountability desk. This Assistant Editor is a versatile player-coach – a journalist who can edit and report on stories while also mentoring reporters on the desk. This role will also oversee audience engagement content and projects for both our on-air and digital audiences.

The Assistant Editor plays an integral role on one of the newsroom’s largest teams, which covers education, transportation and services in New York City. The NYC Accountability desk seeks to help New Yorkers understand how the city they live in works, helping them to make more informed decisions on the issues that directly affect their lives. 

The journalist in this role will have strong reporting skills and creative, engaging ideas. The Assistant Editor will take on editing assignments, delegated by the Editor of the NYC Accountability desk, and regularly collaborate with other desks and teams on relevant stories and projects. 

This role also oversees our broadcast and digital coverage on Sunday mornings, planning ahead for our coverage that morning and assigning and editing stories with hosts and a reporter during the shift. 

The Assistant Editor upholds the highest standards of journalistic quality and integrity, ensuring that our journalism is engaging, timely, accurate, clear, thorough, fair, and impactful.

This role reports into the Senior Editor, NYC Accountability and has a Sunday-Thursday schedule. 


  • Evangelize and uphold the strategic vision and goals for the NYC Accountability desk
  • Create engaging journalism that attracts loyal and diverse audiences in digital, on-air, on-demand audio and social
  • Take on editing assignments from the Senior Editor of the NYC Accountability desk 
  • Oversee our on-air and digital coverage on Sunday mornings, leading a reporter on day-of events and stories
  • Hold all content to the highest journalistic standards -- from breaking news to longform features
  • Help mentor and coach reporters on the desk through pitches and edits
  • Assist the Senior Editor with organizing daily and long-term coverage planning
  • Collaborate with peers and partners across the organization on relevant content and projects
  • Foster a culture of accountability, creativity and innovation in storytelling


  • Minimum of 5 years professional journalism experience, including some managerial experience
  • Ability to lead, inspire, manage and convey knowledge/feedback to a team of reporters
  • Ability to conceive and execute innovative approaches to storytelling with a demonstrated ability to see the story that’s going to engage readers and to anticipate reader interests
  • Deft writing and editing skills, including the ability to sharpen or rewrite copy with grammatical and style precision under immediate deadline pressure
  • Sophisticated communication skills, including oral, written, and public speaking
  • Deep commitment to accurate, ethical journalism; and impeccable journalistic integrity and judgment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of complex social and cultural issues
  • Self-starter with proven ability to meet deadlines and pay close attention to detail and fact-checking 
  • Ability to manage several projects concurrently
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to contribute an equity lens to every aspect of people development and management processes, and ability to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion competency in newsrooms

Additional Information

This is a full-time role which includes benefits. New York Public Radio offers competitive compensation with excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal and sick time and parental leave.

This role is currently operating in a hybrid capacity, with the ability to sometimes work from home. However, this position is part of the NYC staff and will be expected to work from the NYC office on specified days with regularity.

Given this role will be in the office/studios, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required unless NYPR has approved a specific religious or medical exemption in advance of the first day of work. At this time, NYPR defines being fully vaccinated as having received two Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations or one Johnson and Johnson vaccination.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

New York Public Radio is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continuously strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and elevate inclusive practices to develop and support a more engaged and productive workforce. Our journalism and operations in the service of that journalism benefit from a broad range of perspectives, from all backgrounds, at all levels of the organization. Diversity is essential to honest, authentic, accurate storytelling and reportage; creating an institution in which all voices are encouraged, valued, and heard.

Equal Opportunity

New York Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving the goal of equal employment opportunity for all. Applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions without regard to mental or physical disability, race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, employment status or any protected federal, state or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.