Breaking News Editor

News New York City, New York


Breaking News Editor 
WNYC/Gothamist Newsroom

The WNYC/Gothamist Newsroom is seeking a news-obsessed, New York-loving breaking editor to run our day-of news operation, overseeing coverage that makes it on air and online.

This editor has excellent news judgment, thrives in a fast-paced newsroom, and has a passion for finding out what is happening right now. They can direct a major breaking news story as well as help a reporter sniff out the deeper story behind a press conference. They are rarely satisfied with the story that the rest of the press corps will take home, and always want to know how the news affects real people. 

This is a key role in a newsroom that is rapidly expanding and evolving how it covers the most fascinating region in America. The WNYC newsroom strives to make the New York/New Jersey region work for the people who live here, and has ambitious goals to reach new, diverse audiences through impactful, audience-focused journalism. 

This position manages a night editor, reporters and interns. It reports to the Director of Digital News & Audience.


  • Direct and edit a team of multi-platform reporters in charge of breaking, day-of and enterprise reporting
  • Edit audio and text for clarity, thoroughness, fairness and accuracy
  • Consistently and fairly articulate coverage priorities and how they track to strategic goals for growing audience and doing journalism that improves the lives of New Yorkers
  • Initiate and organize short- and long-term planning on critical topics with creativity and precision 
  • Organize major breaking news events for broadcast and online text
  • Effectively coordinate with other editors and digital journalists for maximum reach across platforms
  • Ensure that employees are being managed with respect, and play a key role in helping to develop career pathways for successful employees
  • Contribute to continuous improvement of the newsroom climate, culture, and processes
  • Recruit and retain a diverse and talented pool of journalists


  • Minimum of 5 years of news editing and management experience
  • Ability to lead, manage and convey knowledge/feedback to a team of reporters and managers
  • Deft writing and editing skills, including the ability to sharpen or rewrite copy with grammatical and style precision under immediate deadline pressure
  • Modern understanding of digital journalism, including applicable metrics, off-platform strategies and audience engagement techniques 
  • 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
  • The intellectual and emotional depth, maturity, self-confidence and interpersonal skills to work effectively and/or interact with the public and with other staff
  • Familiarity with New York City, its news ecosystem and culture


Additional Role Information

This is a full-time role with competitive compensation and eligibility for full benefits including excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid holidays, vacation, personal time, sick time, parental leave, and a 403(b) retirement plan. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this role is 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. 


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.