As media organizations face great challenges and shrinking staffs, PA Post offers an exciting opportunity: the chance not only to lead, but to nurture the evolution of Pennsylvania’s first news organization with a truly statewide focus. PA Post launched in September 2018 with key products: the weekday e-newsletter The Context; weekly podcast The State of the State; and an important continuing series on mental health (Through the Cracks).
The fifth largest state in the country, Pennsylvania is regionally, politically and culturally fragmented. PA Post aims to change that by connecting Pennsylvanians to Pennsylvania, by finding and explaining issues that tie the state together in a way that hasn’t been done before.
The ideal candidate to guide the non-profit, digital-first, multimedia team at PA Post has a passion for listening to citizens, telling powerful stories with diverse voices and helping journalists explain complex topics with compelling audio, video, text and other digital tools for a statewide audience. You’ll be a confident user of social media to reach engaged audiences across Pennsylvania.
You will be key to PA Post’s relationships with media partners, donors and our readers, listeners and viewers statewide.
You will work with PA Post media affiliates and partners on content-sharing agreements and collaborative projects, bringing the best journalism in the state to whatever platform the audience is using. Among PA Post’s media partners are the new Spotlight PA (led by the Philadelphia Inquirer), WHYY in Philadelphia and the Harrisburg-based Patriot News/PennLive.
You will be able to inspire donors and sponsors to support non-partisan reporting while conveying PA Post’s editorial independence. The Executive Editor will oversee a small team, but a growing one as PA Post becomes more established. You will be responsible for working with the team to set a statewide editorial strategy, devise effective business models and establish editorial principles to build trust.
PA Post will avoid the 24-hour news churn to produce deep dive and explanatory journalism on legislative, policy and political issues. The Executive Editor will be able to lead journalists through short- and long-term projects that may take weeks, months or years to develop.
If you are a newsroom leader eager to put a fledgling digital start-up on the map, you want to be here.
In the few months since its launch, PA Post has garnered a rising number of newsletter subscribers, and appreciative reactions:
From Twitter: “This is good journalism. ... Looking forward to more like this from @papostnews.”
In email: “Love what I’m seeing so far at PA Post.”
From Facebook: PA people: “Sign up for this. Great resource.”
WITF Public Media, which serves as fiscal agent for PA Post, has built a national reputation for its work – earning a duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for its StateImpact Pennsylvania initiative and 15 RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Awards since 2007.
Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university and at least 10 years’ experience in a leadership role in a newsroom; experience in multimedia formats, including digital text, audio, video, animation/graphics.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common-sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Physical Demands: To perform this job successfully, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, and reach. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely requires the use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to, computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
About PA Post
WITF, a multimedia company and a destination, is one of the country's top-performing and most entrepreneurial public broadcasting organizations, serves the 41st largest media market.
The company comprises public broadcasting stations WITF TV, WITF FM, Pennsylvania Public Radio, WITF.org, WITF Educational Services and Media Solutions.
Serving the beautiful and historic Susquehanna Valley in South Central Pennsylvania (with easy access from Routes 283, 83, 81 and the PA Turnpike)-offering a reasonable cost of living. WITF is located just one and one half hours from Baltimore, two hours from Washington and Philadelphia, and three hours from New York City.