Community Partnerships & Training Editor
Community Partnerships & Training Editor
The nation’s largest public radio station is looking for an innovative leader to spearhead a new initiative to reach deep into New York City’s boroughs and develop meaningful, lasting relationships with a variety of communities and people.
The WNYC newsroom is growing both in size and ambition, and the Community Partnerships & Training Editor will play a critical role in helping the newsroom achieve its goals to make New York work for the people who live here. The editor will be charged with helping ordinary citizens tell their stories in both essay and audio form, help facilitate community conversations with members of the WNYC newsroom, maintain relationships with communities we have reached out to in the past, and also lead and organize ongoing training for the newsroom staff.
The right candidate will have a background in both text and audio journalism, believe deeply in the power of engaging local communities in news coverage, and be able to think creatively about how to help WNYC reach new, diverse audiences in its attempt to bring more of the public into public media news coverage. They will be a strategic thinker who can implement ideas tactically, someone who understands modern audience engagement tools as well as the power of live audio and on-demand podcasts.
This role will oversee a producer who manages the award winning Radio Rookies program, and will also work with interns and fellows. The position reports to the Director of Audio Strategy.
- Designing and executing a community journalism initiative to get more first-person perspectives onto WNYC’s air and website, and working with communities to make sure those pieces are impactful and relevant
- Developing and maintaining relationships with community partners, including community groups and other media, to grow WNYC’s reach and impact throughout the New York City/New Jersey regions
- Work collaboratively throughout the New York Public Radio community to evolve and expand the award-winning Radio Rookies program
- Find, pitch and edit essays and contributions from citizens about issues that matter to their communities and the larger region
- Design, implement, document and oversee an evolving training program that expands the journalism skills of the WNYC newsroom, including skills around audio storytelling, reporting and writing, fact checking, SEO, and other needs as appropriate
- Play a key role in the development, onboarding and career development of WNYC journalists, interns and fellows
- Assist with recruiting WNYC journalists as requested
- Minimum of 5 years professional journalism experience
- Ability to lead, inspire, and manage a team to produce quality journalism that improves our audiences’ understanding of the New York City region
- Ability to conceive and executive innovative approaches to storytelling with a demonstrated ability to see the story that’s going to engage audiences
- Deft writing and editing skills, including the ability to sharpen or rewrite copy with grammatical and style precision under deadline pressure
- Sophisticated communication skills, including oral, written, and public speaking
- Experience teaching journalism skills to others and facilitating community discussions strongly preferred
- 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
- Fluency in at least one non-English language common in New York City strongly preferred
This is a full-time role that includes benefits. New York Public Radio offers competitive compensation with excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal, sick time and parental leave.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this role is currently operating in a remote capacity, however, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff, and may be expected to work from the New York office when it is safe to do so.
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.
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.