Job Description:

If you’re a natural radiophile who loves the pace of daily news, this job is for you.

As WPLN’s morning news editor, you’ll jumpstart the newsroom into action every day. You’ll work closely with the morning host and producer to identify the top stories of the day and make assignments to reporters. And, you’ll be tasked with thinking deeply about the sound and delivery of newscasts.

Ultimately, you’ll be responsible for making sure we’re covering our region comprehensively, with an eye toward communities that often don’t get covered by other outlets, and getting that news coverage on air in the best way possible.

What you’ll do: 

  • Start your day during the Morning Edition shift, around 6:30 a.m. You’ll be in frequent communication with the morning host and producer to make fast coverage decisions about the morning news lineup.
  • Identify key news items for the newsroom to cover that day and for the week ahead. Communicate and assign stories strategically, and edit daily stories that turn before 1 p.m. 
  • Oversee and support 3-5 hosts and producers. This means you’ll have weekly one-on-ones with all direct reports, and you’ll do regular airchecks with on-air talent.
  • Assess the sound and delivery of our newscasts and make ongoing recommendations for improvement.
  • 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 an afternoon news editor with different job responsibilities. Check it out here.

Who you are:

  • You are ridiculously organized in your planning and communication. You have a system for keeping track of important meetings, anniversaries, etc., and you know how far ahead of time you need to give reporters a heads-up.
  • You love working with a diverse group of hosts and producers to think about the best ways to deliver the news on air.
  • You are fueled by the pace of daily news. Some people see it as a grind, but you see it for what it is: the drumbeat that underpins our entire news operation, and the best way to grow and maintain an audience. 
  • You have a deep and nuanced understanding of issues of diversity, equity and ethics in journalism, and you’re excellent at communicating when a reporter or editor is falling short.
  • 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 (less than 300 words each):
    • Why are you interested in working at WPLN News?
    • Our local newscasts air throughout Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Listen to a couple on WPLN.org. Briefly, what do you like about the sound of our newscasts? How would you improve them?
    • Give an example of time when you noticed an ethical blind spot in coverage and how you addressed that as a reporter or editor.
    • Tell us about your experience making assignments and coverage decisions.
    • Show us three examples of daily news stories that you’ve edited or reported, and explain why you’re proud of them. (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
Send Application Materials To: 

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

  • Upload your resume
  • Answer the following five questions (less than 300 words each):
    • Why are you interested in working at WPLN News?
    • Our local newscasts air throughout Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Listen to a couple on WPLN.org. Briefly, what do you like about the sound of our newscasts? How would you improve them?
    • Give an example of time when you noticed an ethical blind spot in coverage and how you addressed that as a reporter or editor.
    • Tell us about your experience making assignments and coverage decisions.
    • Show us three examples of daily news stories that you’ve edited or reported, and explain why you’re proud of them. (You can either upload files separately or include links in-line with your explanation.)
Minimum Salary: 
$63,000
Phone: 
(615) 760-2010