KERA and The Dallas Morning News are launching a new model for journalism partnerships.
We’re North Texas’ two largest media organizations and we’re collaborating to reimagine the coverage of arts, music and culture through the lens of access and equity.
What does that mean? We’re raising community and philanthropic dollars to fund a small, pioneering team of arts journalists to produce digital stories that center, serve and engage a younger, more diverse local audience.
North Texas is home to 7.5 million people. It’s the 5th largest public media market in the country. It includes Dallas (42% Hispanic, 24% Black); Fort Worth (median resident age of 33); Denton (home of University of North Texas); and a constellation of cities and suburbs with unique cultural identities.
We’re defining “story” broadly — on purpose. A story could be a written piece for our websites, an online interactive, an audio report or podcast, a social video, a pop-up newsletter, a text message series, a radio report, a TV segment, a print package — or some creative combination of all of the above. Or a totally new idea you come up with.
This team is being built to experiment, to take risks, to try things, to learn things, to make a measurable impact.
Our two organizations have the resources, tools, contacts and expertise to make most anything possible. Let’s build something great together that can become a national model for a new kind of arts journalism.
Is this you?
The key leadership role for this team is the Coordinating Editor. We need you to be smart, capable, creative, versatile, kind and confident. You are someone who thrives on trying new things, but also has the focus to get them done. You know how to hit a deadline.
You are energized by working with people and helping them thrive. You are comfortable communicating regularly with our parent organizations to talk about what’s going well, where you need help and what resources are needed to be successful.
You are curious and have an interest (possibly an obsession) with culture. You know where the great conversations are happening because you put audiences first. You respect, value and want to tell more stories about Black, indigenous and other people of color, and the LGBTQ community. You want your work to matter.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Refine a collaboration process between two newsrooms
• Assign stories to staff writers and special contributors at both organizations in coordination with KERA and The News arts editors for collaborations that advance the Alliance’s mission
• Hire and supervise a team of up to four people (two reporters, an engagement reporter and community events/education coordinator) and freelancers
• With KERA and The News arts editors: assign, edit and publish digital stories
• With analytics teams: track story metrics and use that information in story development; produce quarterly reports demonstrating team’s reach/impact
• With audience development and social teams: create and implement social media strategy that connects with younger and diverse audiences on relevant platforms
• With events teams: help create engaging community events
• Launch and manage new projects and products, such as an email newsletter and events database.
We believe a strong organization includes employees from a range of backgrounds, with different skills and experiences. If you do not meet every position qualification but have some of these skills and feel you could be the right candidate for the job, we would like to hear from you. Please apply and tell us more about yourself.
• Excellent digital editing and copy-editing skills with knowledge of Associated Press style and ability to follow journalistic ethics and standards
• At least 3-5 years editing and supervising experience
• Passionate and enthusiastic about engaging younger and diverse audiences with content about arts, music and culture
• Experience creating or managing effective strategies for outreach and engagement on digital and social platforms
• Organized and detail-oriented with ability to communicate and coordinate with multiple teams under deadline pressure
• A bachelor's degree in journalism or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Employment is contingent on a post-offer pre-employment background check. This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
• Audio producing/editing experience
• Photo/video editing experience
• E-mail newsletter experience
How to apply: Complete the application on The Dallas Morning News’ employment page and attach a resume. Include a cover letter summarizing your vision for this role and how you define access and equity when it comes to arts/culture journalism. Also include links to 3 stories that you edited and briefly explain how you either made the stories better or advocated for the coverage.