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  • KPBS News Editor (Temporary)

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    This position is being filled on a temporary basis with an expected end date of  October 31, 2019.


    KPBS News serves a countywide audience with news, information, cultural, and entertainment programming. KPBS is the public media station for San Diego with a mission to be the premier source of local news and information for the San Diego region.


    The News Editor ensures we prioritize accountability-driven coverage, and include a mix of thought-provoking stories as well as fresh explainers that teach the audience something new. KPBS is committed to providing quality local in-depth news and news analysis on all of its platforms – TV, Radio, Web and Mobile. The mission of the news division is to provide balanced, accurate reports about the people and issues of import affecting San Diego & Imperial Counties and its citizens. 


    The News Editor works under the supervision of the Director of News & Editorial Strategy (DNES) to manage the day-to-day coverage of news and to edit/review daily news on radio, TV and online, assigning stories, news planning, reporting and editing for radio, TV, and the web and supervises reporters and their daily assignments.  The Editor coordinates show needs with the Senior News Producers.  The News Editor provides input and assistance for grant- and donor-reports on projects in the Editor’s area, with support and oversight from the Executive Producer of Programming & News Operations.


    This position is open until filled with first review of resumes on Friday, June 14, 2019



    Assigning/Editing News: The Editor works with the Director of News, Senior News Producers and reporters to develop story ideas that cover issues with major impact in our audience’s lives; lively explainers that explain story behind WHY a trend is happening, and breaking news.  The Editor encourages pitches, and helps hone them and carefully selects the ones that best match the KPBS news mission.  Able to distinguish between investigative efforts with maximum results, and help the team stay focused on the best stories to tell.  This position works with the KPBS investigations desk and with KPBS investigative news partner, inewsource.


    The Editor ensures writing is focused, spare, and conversational (if you wouldn’t speak it, don’t write it), at times irreverent, and audio and video for broadcast stories should move the narrative forward, allowing the writer to “get out of the way” of stories that appear to unfold spontaneously.  Help reporters not only to write with style, but to create audio-rich radio, write to the pictures in the video, and adapt stories creatively for the web, as “top five” lists, a budget game, rich election guide, etc..


    The Editor will ensure reporters start their stories online, or helps them team up in breaking news to split up platform coverage if necessary. The News Editor is responsible for the on-air and web news being timely, balanced and accurate, and is always pushing the envelope with the quality of our content and engagement, in collaboration with Senior News Producers, the Editor and the DNES.


    The Editor runs the daily news meetings and ensures KPBS is covering the top stories in San Diego daily.  The Editor will feed reporter stories into KPBS Evening Edition. The Editor contributes segment ideas for Midday Edition/Evening Edition.


    Toward the end of the day, the Editor stacks the ENPS rundown with newsroom stories and copy for the Morning Edition anchor, ensuring audio and copy is filed, checked and as intros are current and broadcast-ready.  Includes hand-off notes regarding updates to watch for in the morning with links to where to find information.


    The Editor also runs a weekly news planning meeting for cross-show and platform coverage.  The editor makes calls to news sources as needed, gaining appropriate and actionable information for news planning. In partnership with the Senior News Producers and the Digital Editor, the Editor ensures a multimedia approach to all stories is a priority for all local content to reach diverse KPBS audiences.  The Editor serves as the primary intake of news tips via members of the news team, the newsroom phone, newsroom e-mail tips account, KPBS social media (Twitter, Facebook), and other sources.  The Editor regularly checks wires, newspapers, online and broadcast sources.


    Assigning and editing duties will periodically fall on weekends and evenings and as news coverage requires.  The News Editor is the back-up for the Digital Editor, and vice versa.



    The Editor, in coordination with the Executive Producer of News Programming and Operations, implements the news division’s administrative processes in the Editor’s team areas, including personnel, budgets, and grant/donor reports. The Editor will aim to spend budgets as effectively as possible, and will alert the DNES to suggested spending priorities on staffing and equipment needs for the next fiscal year.


    The Editor maintains news planning documents by updating with reporter movements and assignments, upcoming news pegs, and air/release dates of station news stories.  The Editor compiles and distributes daily rundowns of planned coverage for KPBS news partners, with the assistance of the Newsroom Coordinator.  The Editor apprises the DNES of errors and necessary corrections, audience feedback, and any high-stakes story situations that entail potential legal action, anonymous sourcing, or ethical issues.  The Editor will also coordinate stories shared with KPBS news partners, including the PBS NewsHour, NPR, and our various projects.


    Station and Community Outreach: The Editor maintains an ongoing effective relationship with various KPBS departments, and the local community. The Editor will be asked to make appearances at various KPBS events as appropriate. S/he will participate in on-air fundraising for the station.



    Minimum Knowledge and Abilities

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent news experience.
    • Successful candidate will possess broad knowledge of current San Diego, regional, California, national, and international political, legislative, economic, scientific, arts, and cultural affairs issues.
    • Must possess a strong knowledge of journalistic standards and practices and the editorial/technical/logistical processes required to create multimedia content.
    • Must be successful at multitasking and highly organized.
    • Must be able to lead, motivate and assign a team of reporters. Requires superior people and mentoring skills.
    • Must have demonstrated ability to work in an often fast-paced newsroom environment with changing deadlines and priorities.
    • Must have ability to diplomatically assign and implement news agenda while ensuring the station’s focus is on the most important stories of the day.
    • Although this job works in partnership and under the supervision of the Senior Producer, Senior Editor, and the Director of News, the candidate must be able to work well independently and make good decisions under fast-paced conditions.


    Minimum Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent news experience
    • Demonstrated experience in broadcast and online writing and editing.
    • Minimum two years professional, progressively responsible experience in a multimedia news operation (radio/TV/web) in a comparable position as an assignment editor, producer or line editor.

    Preferred Experience:

    • Public media experience
    • Digital audio and video editing
    • Multimedia skills such as writing for the web, producing audio and video narratives
    • Previous experience managing staff


    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


    San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer



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