Job Description:

Are you looking for a company that allows you to take ownership for your role and make a difference?

Are you excited by the public media industry?

Do you want to join a team of leaders that provide learning experiences across Indiana communities?

If your answer is YES to these questions, then learn more about the IPB News Managing Editor position:

Classification: Full-time, Exempt, Temporary (three years -- grant and collaboratively funded assignment with possibility for continuation)

Reporting Relationship: This position reports directly to WFYI Chief Content Officer. The IPB News Managing Editor works closely with news directors at all IPB News partner stations to ensure the product meets their needs.

IPB News was established by nine Indiana Public Broadcasting stations in 2015 to share resources, extend services, grow audience and fill the news gaps left by declining funding for print and television news. It began as a statewide team of beat reporters and other specialists, based in northern, central and southern Indiana. In 2019, the team is expanding with new positions and a statewide radio show.


This job is an opportunity to increase ongoing, in-depth reporting and its impacts -- locally, statewide, regionally and nationally. We're looking for a strong editor who can lead impactful coverage that corresponds with the IPB News mission.


The primary duty is to manage a team of statewide field journalists to produce hard-hitting, multi-platform, high-quality news content and community engagement that can both inform and build our audience.


To be successful in this role, an individual must be able to perform in a satisfactory manner the functions listed below. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

The IPB News Managing Editor’s primary responsibility is to direct and manage the work of the statewide team, including other responsibilities as defined below or determined necessary to meet the needs of the position and ensure the success of the team.




v Team Structure

This complex work involves leading the 13-member statewide team of specialized beat reporters, a statewide talk show host, producers and a community engagement coordinator. All of these positions are grant-funded for three years with the possibility of extension. Partner stations also contribute funding for this collaboration and intend to sustain it.

The statewide team reports on the intersections of people and policy, within five beats:

8 Government/politics (one reporter)

8 Energy/environment (one reporter)

8 Business/economics (two reporters)

8 Education (one reporter)

8 Health/science (one reporter)

8 Bilingual reporter to provide coverage on all beats (one part-time reporter)

8 Video reporter/producer to provide and support coverage on all beats (one reporter)

8 Digital producer (one reporter/digital editor)

8 Community engagement (one project manager)

8 Talk show host/producer (full time)

8 Talk show executive producer (full time)

8 Talk show assistant producer (part time)


v Day-to-Day / Projects

8 Lead multi-platform investigations, long-form narrative pieces and daily reporting. Make assignments by evaluating story pitches based on newsworthiness. Edit daily for a statewide team of field journalists.

8 Work with the new IPB video reporter/producer to grow video deliverables for web and IPB News television stations. Lead effort to attract IPBS television-only stations to the collaboration.

8 Support and strengthen our culture of accountability, professional growth, collaboration and innovation.

8 When appropriate, assign and edit for station-based reporters (non-statewide, local reporters) in breaking news situations.

8 Develop protocols for breaking news coverage in partnership with stations to provide timely and reliable reporting for broadcast and digital platforms.

8 Ensure the products produced use AP and broadcast style, exemplify the best public media practices and match the national public media frame and tone.

8 Ensure that content and reporters maintain high journalistic standards. Ensure accuracy, thoroughness and fairness are central to all content presented.

8 Fulfill other administrative duties; e.g. maintain required documentation, approve timesheets, make schedules.

8 Increase the number of Indiana stories published on national outlets, such as NPR.


Liaison to Partner Stations

8 Beyond specific coverage assignments and editing, the Managing Editor contributes to, and sometimes leads, internal communication within the partnership to ensure General Managers, News Directors and IPB journalists understand the projects’ short-term goals and collaborate to form its long-term goals.

8 Provide partner stations with statewide coverage plans on a daily, weekly and longer-term basis.

8 Support strong relationships with partner stations and identify opportunities for collaborative news projects.

8 Identify and facilitate any necessary changes to the statewide content sharing practices.


Build Audience & Community Engagement

8 Work with the IPB News community engagement manager and partner stations to complete regular community engagement events in northern, central and southern Indiana. The managing editor will direct these events to further the impact of the statewide reporting products.

8 Partner with stations and Side Effects Public Media (regional health journalism collaboration based at WFYI) to further unique reporting services through overlapping interests and by sharing audience.

8 Direct the statewide team to use input and information gained at community engagement events to deepen reporting. These events should seek input from Indiana communities and discover new reporting veins that are relevant to local, statewide, regional and national audiences.

Other Functions

8 Fulfill other administrative duties; e.g. maintain required documentation, including carriage reports, prepare reports to grantors and/or funders.

8 Lead team meetings in a manner that will ensure open communication and collaborative teamwork.

8 Meet with team members on a regular basis to gain insight and input that will continue to benefit the ongoing success of the team and its projects.

8 Report updates and recommendations to relevant stakeholders.

8 Some travel required

8 Perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience unless otherwise noted below.

The Managing Editor has proven editing skills, management experience and will ensure adherence to best practices in public media journalism guidelines.

8 Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field required

8 At least five years of experience in public broadcasting or another high-visibility and high-impact journalistic field

8 At least two years of editing and management experience required


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

8 Proven knowledge and understanding of journalism ethics and an in-depth understanding of public media principles

8 Ability to analyze information from different fields

8 Ability to manage a team of journalists from various locations

8 Demonstrated professional experience with multi-platform technologies and the ability to adapt material to a variety of platforms

8 Ability and judgment to lead the production of a large quantity of work on deadline that matches the quality of NPR and PBS productions

8 Experience with social media platforms and community engagement tools

8 High energy and passion for public media’s growing journalism service in Indiana, regionally and nationally


The physical demands described here are representative of those an individual must meet in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

Must have:

8 Excellent communication skills.

8 Ability to perform focused work with close attention to detail.

8 Ability to operate the office equipment necessary to do the job.

8 Ability to interact with others, both in person and through phone, e-mail, and written correspondence.


About Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations (IPBS)

IPBS represents nine NPR and eight PBS member stations working collectively to deliver free and accessible programming and educational services over the air, online and in classrooms. Stations are located in Bloomington, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort. Wayne, Indianapolis, Merrillville, Muncie, South Bend, Vincennes and West Lafayette. For more information, visit

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Indianapolis, IN
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