Who We Are:
Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media network whose mission is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service on air at 89.3 KPCC, online at LAist.com and through KPCC In Person. Since our founding in 1999, SCPR has been a fast growing, innovative, multi-platform public service newsroom. Every day, our staff helps audiences catch up on the latest headlines, solve the complexities of life in Southern California, and connect curious communities to one another.
We’re going to be honest – as rewarding as this job is, it’s hard.
We’re working remotely. We are reckoning with systemic racism in our public policies and in our newsroom. And we are committed to practicing more equitable journalism in how our stories are assigned, reported, edited and presented.
As the Managing Editor, you’re at the center of these conversations. You’ll play a key role in charting our growth and setting the ambition. You’ll supervise a talented group of editors and reporters to provide indispensable, enterprise journalism that stands out and is created both for and with Southern Californians. You’ll join an innovative Content leadership team equally committed to practicing more equitable journalism. It’s strategy, change management and public service all rolled into one.
As hard as it is, it’s worth it.
Why? Because this fantastic city is at a critical juncture and local news plays a role in shaping its future. There is a greater demand than ever for journalism that connects, represents and informs. Finding new ways to serve community needs across broadcast and digital platforms is urgent work. You will collaborate with dedicated editors, reporters and producers — a team of about 30 people — incentivize creative storytelling and distribution in service of reflecting the joys and challenges of living in one of the most diverse cities on the planet. In summary, it’s purposeful, mission-driven work.
The ideal candidate will have experience leading an editorial team, a willingness and track record of creating space for creativity and delivering consistent, meaningful feedback to everyone on their team. Experience with the practice of engaged and solutions-oriented journalism, or the enthusiasm to embrace it, is also a key requirement.
Application deadline: October 9, 2020 at 5pm PT
- Lead and implement an ambitious editorial agenda
- Oversee daily newsgathering and enterprise work across platforms
- Set goals for building a local and loyal audience and holds team accountable or performance
- Implement an ‘audience- first’ approach
- Identify improvements in work flow in order to increase cross-team collaboration.
- Plan long-term coverage to maximize impact.
- Foster an inclusive, creative and productive work environment.
- Accelerate a multi-platform strategy for KPCC/LAist’s journalism.
- Coordinate coverage with senior platform managers.
- Find ways for our communities to participate in journalism on a daily and long-term basis.
- Work closely with our Audience Insights Manager to assess the health of our storytelling, and make data informed decisions.
- Ensure a diversity of views and voices are represented in KPCC reporting.
- Demonstrate audience-first thinking throughout the newsgathering process.
- Lead coordination of major enterprise reports and projects.
- Oversee budgets related to newsgathering efforts.
- Manage daily and weekly news planning process through effective system of meetings, one-on-one communication and use of electronic/written communication systems.
- Understand strategic company priorities, how the team(s) supports and fits into these goals and communicate this clearly to line staff clearly and consistently.
- On occasion, represent SCPR at donor and community events.
- Provide clear guidance, feedback and supervision to staff. This includes editorial aspects and performance assessment, identifying professional development plans.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
- Combined 10 years or more of proven, successful experience in journalism (reporting, editing or producing).
- Significant experience in newsgathering and storytelling on digital platforms and radio.
- Strong management skills, including ability to teach, coach and advance skills of those under direct supervision.
- Knowledge and commitment to the mission of public media.
- Demonstrated ability in trying new things.
- Understanding of the emerging field of engaged journalism.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
- Ability to develop and communicate editorial vision and direction.
- High EQ and a willingness to listen.
- Ability to develop complex story ideas that provide analysis and add context.
- Strong writing, editing, and storytelling skills.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to solve problems creatively.
- Ability to make quick command decisions.
- Ability to effectively execute multiple assignments on deadline.
- Ability to motivate, train and grow employees.
- Flexibility, ability to respond to changing priorities.
- Ability to see opportunities for tapping audience expertise and other news resources.
- Ability to use non-traditional approaches including use of Public Insight Network, Hearken, Groundsource and other community engagement tools/methods.
- Well-established contacts and knowledge of the journalism community.
- Commitment to public service journalism.
- Ability to encourage creativity and high editorial standards.
- A creative and playful disposition — this is a senior role, but it’s also filled with fun and energetic reports!
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Experience reporting or editing in California.
- Knowledge of public media.
- Fluency in Spanish or other languages commonly used in Southern California.
- Training in human centered design.
Reporting To This Position:
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
- Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Physical Demands:
- Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time.
- Required to move about in the community.
- Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.
- Working Conditions:
- Moderate noise level
Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.