Job Description:

GBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

WGBH News is Boston’s only fully integrated local public media entity with Television, Radio, and Digital all working in one newsroom. Our daily goal is to go beyond the headlines, examining the deeper topics and themes, and adding context and perspective to the stories we cover. Our news every day should advance the broader WGBH mission statement: WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.

JOB OVERVIEW

The Executive Editor (EE) is a seasoned news veteran who strongly believes in the impact and importance of local, in-depth journalism and someone who thrives while coaching, inspiring, mentoring, and leading a rapidly evolving multi-platform newsroom.

The Executive Editor (EE) is a critical, senior leadership role in the newsroom, reporting directly to the GBH News General Manager. The Executive Editor (EE) will serve as a chief newsroom strategist and newsgathering leader, asset deployment, and long-lead series, both on-air and online.

The Executive Editor (EE) will be responsible for upholding our high editorial standards and our journalistic ethics and integrity. The Executive Editor (EE) will lead the newsroom’s embrace of multi-platform content creation and distribution to help us connect our journalism with audiences wherever they are.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Editorial Planning, Scheduling, Editing

  • Work with other senior newsroom leaders to direct the news staff's activities to develop story ideas, track issues, and events, select reporters for the coverage set deadlines and workflow for content, and determine the best distribution platforms.

  • Serve as a primary editor to ensure news reports are produced effectively, timely, and responsible.

  • Act as a proactive liaison to various internal and external constituencies to advance the station’s news programming and elevate the news staff's work. This may include working with the station programming, operations, marketing, events, and development staff. The EE is also the primary point of contact for other appropriate organizations such as NPR, Marketplace, PBS, etc.

 

Administration of Personnel, Budget, Technology

  • Help set goals and monitor scheduling and performance of all news personnel. Personnel management includes recruitment and hiring as well as retention activities.

  • Manage, in conjunction with the GM, the news department budget — including annual planning, monthly monitoring, and routine handling. Help monitor the effectiveness of all tools and information systems vital to news planning, newsgathering, news production, and news presentation.

  • Set the tone for a newsroom culture of excellence through collaboration and ensure that all newsroom operations meet the fundamental goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Responsible for making sure that newsroom staff has the tools and resources they need to do their jobs effectively.

 

Other

  • Adhere to deadlines and leads the management team to make timely and effective decisions in situations requiring prompt attention. The EE is the senior decisionmaker among the newsroom editors.

  • Primary content manager during major breaking news or local emergencies.

  • Provide support to the General Manager in setting and implementing newsroom priorities and in managing staff conflicts where they arise.

 

SKILL SET

  • Strong editorial and ethical judgment.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills.

  • Experience with multi-platform news production.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree is required. 7-10 years experience in broadcast news, with at least 3 years in a supervisory role. The ability to manage a diverse staff of various experience levels

 

JOB SPECIFICS

This is a staff position.

GBH is an equal opportunity employer. The community and audience we serve are diverse, and we wish to foster that diversity in our workplace. Toward that end, GBH does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment, or promotion based on race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap, or disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Organization: 
Job Location: 
Boston, MA
United States
Job Category: 
Reporting
Deadline: 
Job Type: 
Full time
Hours Per Week: 
40.00