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Location: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hiring Station: WBHM

 

NPR and its member stations are creating an innovative system of regional news hubs designed to reshape the journalism landscape -- and we’re building one of the first hubs in the Gulf states. 

We’re looking for a dynamic leader to head this collaborative journalism effort and to link local, regional and national news coverage on radio and digital platforms. The Managing Editor will define the Hub’s editorial vision and develop the strategy for executing it. 

The Managing Editor will be employed in Birmingham, AL, at WBHM, lead station for the collaboration between the network and the Gulf stations. The other two managing stations are WWNO in New Orleans and MPB in Jackson, MS. 

The Managing Editor is responsible for setting daily and long-term coverage priorities for stories developed and managed by the Hub and will work in concert with stations and the network to execute them. The Hub aims to produce engaging, impactful storytelling that resonates across the region. 

The Managing Editor will serve as the principal contact for station leaders involved in the Hub and for NPR. The Managing Editor will work with NPR to ensure that the Gulf States News Hub is represented in the network’s editorial planning and is connected to the appropriate NPR staff. The Managing Editor will develop communication structures to keep the stations and the network in close contact. 

The Managing Editor will integrate metrics into all hub activities and will develop and share best practices among emerging regional hubs.

 

Responsibilities

  • Develop the editorial vision for the Hub, to include daily news coverage, feature stories and enterprise journalism for radio and digital. 
  • Partner with stations and NPR to articulate the goals and desired outcomes for the Gulf States newsroom.
  • Serve as central point of contact for editorial leaders at the stations and at NPR. Ensure that that station priorities are communicated to NPR and vice versa. Resolve conflicts with focus on audience needs rather than internal wants.
  • Supervise all Hub staff, which will include regional beat reporters. Direct daily work, assigning tasks and deploying staff as necessary. Coach staff in professional skills and create long-term improvement plans. Write performance evaluations. Lead and inspire.
  • Create, update and implement a breaking news response plan for stories of regional and national interest. Assist stations in developing local breaking news plans that dovetail with the regional plan.
  • Check in regularly with editors at the three managing stations, the NPR editor assigned to the Hub and smaller stations around the state.
  • Implement a communication process for everything from daily logistics to long-term planning, using phone calls, conference calls and interactive collaboration tools such as Slack. 
  • Oversee story planning for the short-term (daily news), middle-term (features) and long-term (projects) on radio and digital platforms. Ensure processes are inclusive and that desired outcomes are broadly shared. Enforce deadlines.
  • Define best practices for production of on-air and digital content, with an audience-first mindset. Provide regular feedback on story execution, identifying strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Strengthen digital journalism capacity, defining digital responsibilities for each member of the Hub staff and integrating digital production into the daily workflow. Build visual storytelling capacity.
  • Perform hands-on radio and digital editing of regional stories by hub and station reporters. Edit/review controversial or sensitive content. Edit/review enterprise and investigative stories.
  • Conduct regular station visits. Identify and help plan and execute training opportunities for local station reporters.
  • Develop an ongoing regional training program in concert with NPR and stations.

Required Skills:

  • Strong leadership skills as demonstrated by at least three years in a supervisory and/or management position.
  • Strategic thinker with project-management experience.
  • Record of excellent communication in person and in remote situations.
  • Proven journalism skills that include reporting, producing, editing.
  • Understanding of both on-air and digital journalism production; experience in both platforms preferred.
  • Dedication to diversity in sourcing, topics and approaches is a must.
  • Maintain editorial standards of accuracy, thoroughness, ethics, balance and diversity.
  • Ability to exercise sound news judgment and generate factual, error-free online copy quickly in breaking news situations.
  • Strong content editing/proofreading abilities, including knowledge of AP style.
  • Ability to work with others to put together detailed, easy-to-understand plans.
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about online journalism and local news opportunities in the Gulf States.
  • Valid driver’s license and insurance required for assignments/activities that involve work outside of the office. Must maintain a clean driving record.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in journalism or related field or equivalent required; media or journalism degree preferred.

 

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience working in collaborative organizations.
  • Experience working in public media.
  • Experience developing new products.
  • Deep knowledge of the people, cultures, issues, and geography in the Gulf States as well as knowledge of national and international issues and events.
  • Experience with and credibility in Gulf States journalism and/or with NPR.

 

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. 

 

 

Annual Salary Range: $52,228.80 - $70,000.00

 

 

For consideration, please apply online directly at:

https://uab.taleo.net/careersection/ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=T175383&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FChicago

 

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression or sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from veterans and individuals

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Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. 

For consideration, please apply online directly at:

https://uab.taleo.net/careersection/ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=T175383&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FChicago

 

 

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