Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country. The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched such iconic shows as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…, and the groundbreaking podcast Serial. With an unparalleled reputation for creativity and innovation across all platforms, Chicago Public Media provides substantive news and insights, thoughtful conversation and meaningful connections to its diverse audiences throughout the Chicago area, as well as nationally and globally.
Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, streaming services, smart speakers, social media and mobile. Its flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM) is dedicated to producing high-quality journalism and engaging programs and podcasts. WBEZ’s website, wbez.org, and mobile app allow listeners to fully control their experience through its groundbreaking rePlayer functionality and on-demand platform. WBEZ’s sister service, Vocalo Radio (91.1 FM, vocalo.org), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative music format.
About the Job
We are seeking an experienced Editor to lead our award-winning daily audio news desk. The Editor is a vital part of WBEZ’s newsroom, working weekdays to edit WBEZ’s daily news coverage during an exciting time of transformation and growth in our award-winning local newsroom.
Reporting to the Senior Editor, the editor will work hands-on with reporters and producers on the audio news team to produce and edit stories, features, interviews and newscast content throughout the broadcast day, shaping the editorial experience from Morning Edition through All Things Considered. The team will work independently and collaboratively to serve our community on a daily basis, working with reporters, editors, producers, anchors and hosts across the newsroom to produce outstanding journalism and shape, enrich and drive the public conversation. We think there’s a world of possibility for how we do that every day, and this position is at the center of that adventure.
Strong candidates will be able to help reporters and producers conceptualize a story, hypothesize structure, and help organize reporting efforts. They will be expected to put editorial and reporting muscle onto the journalists who work for them, to nourish talent and empower it to grow.
The best candidate will have extensive experience inspiring journalists to create work of the highest caliber. They will bring compelling ideas of their own to the table, but also will take joy in shaping and encouraging the ideas of others. They will possess an appetite for adventure and fun, a healthy competitive spirit, and a passion for growth and innovation in a time of dynamic change. The candidate will have discerning taste and keen editorial judgment, as well as a deep commitment to the mission of public media and the highest ethical standards.
In partnership with the Senior Editor, Audio News, help plan, shape and edit WBEZ’s daily audio news gathering efforts with a fluency in both the local and national news conversation
Work collaboratively with colleagues across the news and programming teams, including anchors, editors, reporters, producers and other staff, to deliver outstanding and enterprising daily coverage
Help reporters and producers conceptualize stories, define distinct angles/approaches, and ensure their work is accurate, inspired, fair, and impactful
Help conceptualize coverage plans for major breaking news events and special coverage on WBEZ 91.5
Foster and contribute to a culture of continuous learning, development, experimentation and collaboration through effective feedback and coaching
Be versatile in problem solving and responsive to the evolving needs of the newsroom
Challenge, nourish and empower the journalists on staff, furthering a newsroom culture of collaboration, inclusivity and continued editorial excellence.
Required Skills & Experience:
Outstanding news judgment and experience leading journalists to produce work of tremendous distinction and community impact
Ability to conceptualize and edit news stories for content, accuracy, pacing, ideas, narrative and voice
Excellent editing ability and demonstrated skill in working accurately and effectively under deadline pressure
Deep commitment to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and the mission of public media
Ability to articulate your own ideas precisely and concisely – and to cultivate the strong ideas that come from other producers, anchors, editors, and reporters
Strong relationship builder and naturally collaborative leader. Experience coaching and inspiring diverse, inclusive teams to excellence
Fluency and enthusiasm for audio journalism, and the opportunity to serve new audiences on emerging audio platforms
Experience with the clocks of NPR’s drive-time shows is a big plus
Knowledge of the Chicago region’s rich diversity of stories, sectors and communities is very helpful
Working at Chicago Public Media
At Chicago Public Media, we care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact. Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged. We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences and talents to our dynamic workplace.
Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work. We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, experience and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.
At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come. Our benefits include:
6 weeks fully paid family leave
12 weeks paid maternity leave
High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
A 403(b)retirement plan with a company match
Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days