Politics Editor, WNYC/Gothamist

News New York City, New York


Politics Editor, Newsroom   
WNYC and Gothamist Newsroom   
The WNYC and Gothamist Newsroom is seeking an ambitious and enterprising politics editor to lead our People & Power team. This editor will oversee multiplatform journalists who cover local political process and the people who influence it – from the borough level up to the state level.   
This is a critical desk role as we head into a contentious election year and look toward a mayoral election in 2025. This editor will have an eye for impactful stories within the desk’s beats, which include power structures and democracy, taxes and spending, mayoral power and influence, and Albany policymaking. The team’s work is audience-focused and should always capture the impact on individuals and communities while translating complex issues into compelling and essential text and audio journalism.     
The right candidate is a proven newsroom leader who can coach their team through reporting and crafting an engaging story – finding angles that serve our audiences on broadcast and digital. This editor should be comfortable using data to find and shape stories that are informative and engaging.    

A competitive candidate will have experience organizing coverage plans and executing larger, preferably cross-newsroom, projects and initiatives.    

This editor will guide their team members as they produce a balance of distinctive daily, original enterprise reporting and investigative coverage. This editor will also regularly collaborate with other newsroom desks when beats and breaking news intersect with politics. All editors in the newsroom are responsible for upholding the highest standards of journalistic quality and integrity, ensuring that WNYC’s journalism is engaging, timely, accurate, clear, thorough, fair and impactful.   
This role reports into a senior editor.   
  • Operationalize a strategic vision for beat-driven journalism that attracts loyal and diverse audiences in digital, on-air, on-demand audio and social   
  • Work with reporters to maintain clear lines of coverage and beats within their desk’s purview   
  • Hold all content to the highest journalistic standards -- from breaking news to longform features   
  • Create and execute team goals while mentoring, developing and coaching direct reports   
  • Organize daily and long-term coverage planning that is communicated clearly and with intention   
  • Help organize and execute a multiplatform and newsroom-wide elections plan   
  • Collaborate with peers and partners across the organization, bringing visibility to daily coverage and contributing to major projects   
  • Foster a culture of accountability, creativity and innovation in storytelling      
  • Minimum of 5 years professional journalism experience with experience editing and/or managing other journalists   
  • Strong text and digital editing skills with additional editing experience in audio preferred.    
  • Ability to lead, inspire, manage and deliver 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 deadline   
  • 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 with a salary range of $115,000-$130,000 per year (plus a full benefits package). Salary offered within this range is determined by skills, experience and organizational pay equity. New York Public Radio offers excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal and sick time as well as inclusive family 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.    
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.