Job Description:

Ready to work with some of the best reporters in Nashville?

As WPLN’s afternoon news editor, you’ll edit daily and enterprising work from a newsroom that takes pride in connecting the dots for a growing region. You’ll also oversee a diverse team of talented reporters, helping them develop their beats and manage a mix of daily and long-range stories. (Your future direct reports say they want an editor who is motivated, intellectually curious, culturally competent and able to de-bunk wonkiness.) Ultimately, you’re responsible for making sure that the stories we’re producing each day meet the highest standards of local journalism.

What you’ll do:

  • Edit daily stories for accuracy, clarity and context. You’ll start your day at 10 a.m. and be the primary news editor after 1 p.m.
  • Edit and develop enterprising stories — some from your direct reports, some from other reporters. You’ll help turn kernels of ideas into important, narrative-driven reporting.
  • Oversee and support a team of 3-6 reporters. This means you’ll have weekly one-on-ones with each direct report and help them develop and shape their beats.
  • Stay in near-constant communication with the other editors and with our new daily show, which we’re launching in just a few months.
  • Serve as a newsroom leader, including participating in key coverage decisions and long-term planning for the newsroom’s growth. You’ll have a seat at the table.
  • Serve as a station ambassador, including participating in community engagement events and striving to build relationships with communities that we’ve underserved.

More: We’re also hiring a morning news editor with different job responsibilities. Check it out here.

Who you are:

  • You love thinking about how issues of class and race intersect with issues in local news — like government, housing or the environment. You’re excellent at spotting and communicating when a reporter or fellow editor is falling short.
  • You know how to help reporters seek out thoughtful context and bring stories to life creatively.
  • You are an excellent communicator. You know how to lead constructive meetings, challenge others thoughtfully, and deal with conflict with care.
  • You have a track record of working well with diverse teams, especially supporting reporters of color.
  • You believe strongly in the power of local reporting and see daily news as essential to serving Nashville.

You’ll join a team of passionate journalists who love collaboration and take pride in doing journalism of the highest caliber. As we’ve grown in recent years, we’ve been able to go wider and deeper in our coverage — increasing the number of stories we produce each day, creating groundbreaking podcasts and special projects, launching a regular collaboration with Nashville Noticias, and now launching a new daily show. We give each other feedback with a sense of trust and aren’t afraid to challenge ourselves to do better. We also all have lives outside the newsroom and like to maintain a sense of humor, and humanity, even when the news gets chaotic.

This job is based in Nashville and pays a starting salary of $63,000, commensurate with experience, with excellent benefits. (Here’s a cost-of-living calculator.)

To apply, please fill out this form by Sunday, Oct. 17. You will be asked to:

  • Upload your resume
  • Answer the following five questions that explains (less than 300 words each):
    • Why are you interested in working at WPLN News?
    • What topics that intersect with class and race are you most interested in? Please give an example of time when you noticed a blind spot in coverage and how you addressed that as a reporter or editor.
    • What, to you, are the most important qualities a leader should bring in a newsroom setting?
    • Tell us about a difficult situation you faced while working on a team and how you worked through it.
    • Show us three examples of stories that you’ve edited or reported that include thoughtful context and creative storytelling, and explain why you’re proud of those pieces. (You can either upload files separately or include links in-line with your explanation.)
Organization: 
Job Location: 
Nashville, TN
United States
Job Category: 
Management
Deadline: 
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Job Type: 
Full time
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To apply, please fill out this form by Sunday, Oct. 17. You will be asked to:

  • Upload your resume
  • Answer the following five questions that explains (less than 300 words each):
    • Why are you interested in working at WPLN News?
    • What topics that intersect with class and race are you most interested in? Please give an example of time when you noticed a blind spot in coverage and how you addressed that as a reporter or editor.
    • What, to you, are the most important qualities a leader should bring in a newsroom setting?
    • Tell us about a difficult situation you faced while working on a team and how you worked through it.
    • Show us three examples of stories that you’ve edited or reported that include thoughtful context and creative storytelling, and explain why you’re proud of those pieces. (You can either upload files separately or include links in-line with your explanation.)
Minimum Salary: 
$63,000