KCUR 89.3, Kansas City's NPR affiliate, is looking for an experienced editorial leader to oversee the work of our accomplished news, talk show and creative teams. The Director of Journalism's primary responsibility will be to ensure that KCUR reports, produces and distributes news, information and other content that meet the highest standards of public service in journalism and cultural expression.
The ideal candidate for this role is an advocate for audiences and an experienced collaborator. He/she relishes the work of management (projects and people), and has a keen editor's eye, strategic sensibilities and expertise in broadcast and digital platforms. We are seeking someone with a belief in KCUR's potential to provide an authentic take on news and life in the Kansas City region - and a vision for how public media journalists can credibly serve their communities in complicated times.
It's a big job, one that we hope will make a difference in Kansas City and journalism in general for years to come.
Basic Function and Responsibility
Responsible for providing editorial leadership, strategy and guidance for content created by KCUR.
Work with content leadership for news and talk shows to create an integrated approach to content across departments that provides a clear, consistent editorial voice that guides decision-making and resource allocation.
Ensure the highest journalistic standards for editorial projects, newscasts, feature reporting, talk shows and digital content produced by KCUR or contributed by others to the station's air and web site.
Work with content leadership to expand the diversity of voices included in KCUR's journalism on all platforms.
Work with community engagement team to incorporate engagement principles into broadcast and digital content creation.
Work with audience development team to identify opportunities and create structure for KCUR's content team to produce content that will expand broadcast and digital audiences.
Support and build editorial connections with KCUR's collaborations involving other organizations.
Oversee ongoing evaluations for the content produced by news, talk and digital operations.
Assess audience feedback on a regular basis and share findings with the content team.
Oversee budget and administration of newsroom and talk shows.
Participate in appropriate fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
Other duties as assigned.
This position reports to KCUR's General Manager.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
A Master's degree in journalism, communications, education or a related field.
Seven to ten years of work experience in an editorial leadership capacity in a media organization.
Experience working with a public media or news organization.
Proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.
Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
Proven ability to build and maintain a wide range of partnerships. Experience collaborating with partners to create content.
Ability to plan, develop budgets and implement projects.
Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with various personalities.
Ability to multi-task and oversee diverse projects simultaneously in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment.
Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
Full Time/Part Time
Salary to be commensurate with experience.
Review of applications will begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. This position will remain open until filled.
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