Editor II, Morning Edition
Employer: National Public Radio (NPR) Job Posted: 2/13/2020
Location: Washington, DC Job Status: Full Time

Job Description:

The Morning Edition and Up First podcast team are seeking a skilled, creative journalist to join its ranks as Editor II. The Editor II develops and pitches timely, original program content for NPR’s morning flagship program. He/she uses established connections to book timely, impactful interviews. The Editor II writes and edits scripts for broadcast, including during breaking news. He/She plans and manages large projects and initiatives such as series and host field trips. The Editor II provides support for the host in preparing for interviews, and editorial guidance of show and podcast content/reporting. The Editor II must be available to rotate into a variety of shifts, including overnight, swing and dayside.


• Tracks ongoing flow of news and recommends specific stories, guests and areas of coverage.
• Books timely, informative interviews for show and podcast.
• Conceptualizes, writes and edits news and feature content, for on-air and digital.
• Responsible for editorial integrity and quality of air product, ensuring that all materials on air and online meet NPR standards and practices.
• Maintains external relationships with sources, potential show/pod guests, freelancers and experts, member station news staff and journalists from other media.
• Plans and edits large projects including domestic and international host trips.
• Maintains internal relationships with other members of the program staff and contributors and with other NPR program and desk staffs.
• Works various shifts, as assigned.
• Performs other duties as assigned, including the possibility of newsroom rotations to support other NPR news magazines, newscast unit, news gathering desks, programming or other editorial teams as required.

: Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, or writing-intensive discipline and/or equivalent work experience


• At least six (6) years of experience as a reporter, editor, or producer.
• Thorough knowledge and demonstrated skill in news-writing techniques.
• Considerable skill in feature and copy editing.
• A minimum of two (2) years of experience in editorial decision-making.
• Understanding of journalistic ethics.
• Demonstrated ability to organize and disseminate information and to coordinate news coverage.
• A broad range of general news knowledge.
• Demonstrated writing ability.
• Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously and changing priorities/conditions.
• Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
• Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
• Ability and willingness to travel.
• Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
• Ability to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.


• Experience working in and/or knowledge of public radio and the public radio system
• Demonstrated understanding of, and familiarity with, Web producing, podcast planning and social media platforms
• Expertise in editing shows under breaking news conditions.
• Broadcast experience.
• Experience in Digital Media, CMS.
• Knowledge of audio production.
• Quality-Decision Making
• Critical Thinking Skills
• Problem-Solving Skills
• Attention to Detail
• Resilience
• Results Driven
• Managerial Courage
• Manages Complexity

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