Head of News
The Head of News will lead WNYC’s next era of local journalism in service to diverse communities across the New York City area. Reporting to the Chief Content Officer, the Head of News will be a key member of the New York Public Radio leadership team, and the executive responsible for all aspects of its local news operation. This executive will lead an award-winning newsroom and distinctive midday local programming (The Brian Lehrer Show and All of It with Allison Stewart) as the organization pursues audience growth and innovation across a wide array of audio and digital platforms.
The Head of News will manage the day-to-day operations of WNYC’s newsroom, including the Gothamist website and midday talk programs, and inspire a growing team of editors, reporters and producers who are focused on outstanding news coverage of the New York metro area. They will possess a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of how to drive editorial impact through original reporting and multiplatform storytelling.
The ideal candidate will have extensive experience inspiring journalists to create work of the highest caliber. This individual will bring compelling ideas to the table but will more importantly be a humble leader who takes joy in shaping and encouraging the ideas of others. They will bring a coaching mentality to their work, building a culture of learning and commitment to professional development.
They will embrace diversity of coverage as a service to meet the needs of diverse audiences across the New York area. And they will have discerning taste and keen editorial judgment, as well as a deep commitment to the mission of public media and the highest ethical standards.
- Lead and drive near- and long-term local news strategies that align with WNYC’s mission.
- Clearly articulate and communicate WNYC’s local news vision and mission, against a backdrop of ongoing change and disruption in the media landscape.
- Provide inspiring and collaborative leadership to a high performing team of journalists (including reporters, producers, editors, interns, etc.) in coverage priorities and digital innovation.
- Continue to inspire the news team to seek excellence in all aspects of its journalistic work; develop and execute strategies to impact diverse communities across New York.
- Architect and lead a news organization that continually assesses the optimal organizational structure, technologies, processes and workflows to fulfill its local journalism mandate across multiple platforms.
- Instill a multi-platform approach to newsgathering and newsroom production in order to build a significant digital audience. This includes responsibility for ongoing training, development and mentoring of team members. It also includes continuing the integration of the Gothamist and WNYC news teams and operations.
- Be responsible for the editorial strategy, tone, voice, ideation, planning, production and editing of WNYC’s local journalism.
- Initiate and/or coordinate special projects and/or reporting partnerships with other local and national newsrooms.
- Build a highly skilled, diverse and nimble newsroom that better reflects the demographics of New York City by attracting and retaining outstanding talent and investing in their ongoing growth and career development.
- Rigorously assess newsroom performance and manage to standards of excellence.
- Leverage audience data to shape content, audience and engagement strategies.
- Embrace and foster a newsroom culture of collaboration, dynamic innovation and continued learning in pursuit of editorial excellence.
Visionary Leader Aligned with NYPR Mission: The ideal candidate will have demonstrated alignment with and understanding of the journalistic, cultural and public service mission of NYPR. This individual will help shape and clearly articulate a powerful vision for the future, and for ways WNYC can increase its ability to meet the local news needs of diverse audiences across New York, both on its own and in collaboration with others. The finalist candidate will have displayed commitment to diversifying staff to reflect the local news audiences WNYC serves, and to building partnerships to enhance WNYC’s local news impact and relevance.
Outstanding Communicator and Manager of People: The ideal candidate will have led a news operation of significant scale, scope and impact. The finalist will be culturally competent, and will have displayed skill in managing diverse teams of people and creating an environment of collaboration and inclusion. This individual will possess a high level of emotional intelligence, strong communications skills, and will have demonstrated an ability to coach and inspire individual team members to do their best work. The ideal candidate will a track record of attracting, coaching and retaining talent by understanding individual team member goals.
Leader with Superb News Judgment: The finalist candidate will have superb news instincts, and will have demonstrated an ability to build and lead teams to deliver consistently excellent journalism. The Head of News must have the ability to set the agenda for the newsroom and allocate resources effectively (an agenda that sets WNYC apart and provides distinctive, original work). They will be a practitioner, who came up in the ranks of a newsroom reporting, editing, and/or producing. The ideal candidate will have displayed commitment to fair, fact-based, and high impact journalism. The best candidate will have extensive experience inspiring journalists to create work of the highest caliber. They will be a leader who brings compelling ideas to the table, but will also take joy in shaping and encouraging the ideas of others.
Innovator and Change Agent: The ideal candidate will have displayed an ability to lead the ongoing digital transformation of a news operation, and possess a keen understanding of how to engage with diverse audiences across all platforms The Head of News will have strong organizational and workflow design experience, and will embrace continually testing organization structure, processes and procedures to make an integrated multi-platform newsroom work.
- Experience as a leader in highly regarded, multi-platform newsroom (ideally mid- to large-sized newsroom – 50+ people).
- Demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and standards.
- Strong relationship builder and naturally collaborative leader with experience building successful partnerships within and beyond the organization.
- Outstanding news judgment and a significant record of accomplishment in leading journalists to produce work of tremendous distinction and impact.
- Ability to articulate ideas precisely and concisely – and to cultivate the strong ideas that come from other producers, editors, and reporters.
- Proven writing, editing, communication and organizational skills.
- Passion for identifying, motivating and retaining top talent, building diverse and inclusive teams and designing effective organizational structures and workflows.
- Skilled at juggling a variety of daily tasks with ease, precision and a bias for action.
- Experience driving and measuring journalistic impact using a variety of qualitative and quantitative metrics to chart progress and to make informed decisions.
New York Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer, an Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks talented people from all backgrounds, orientations and walks of life.