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Managing Editor, Northwest News Network


OPB is looking for a Managing Editor to drive overall editorial strategy, content and output of the Northwest News Network (N3). While historically an audio-based reporting service, N3 has a growing role in creating stories that contribute to the evolving needs, interests and media consumption habits of our region’s diverse audience. N3 is one of the oldest regional collaborative journalism projects in public media and the 5-reporter team produces and shares news stories among 11 public media organizations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho to help people understand what ties regional residents together and what differentiates us. As a partner organization, OPB is leading the search process. This salaried, exempt position is a full time, regular status position with benefits.

Position Details

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

The N3 Managing Editor supervises, assigns and edits the work of field reporters and leads collaborations between the organization’s newsrooms to enhance the quantity and quality of news reporting in the region.  This person works with the NPR regional bureau chief to develop and execute a strong, collaborative news coverage strategy designed to share stories of the Northwest to nationwide digital and radio audiences.  

Working Conditions:

This position is located at OPB’s offices in Portland, Oregon. Most work is done in an office, studio or other indoor location. Some regional and national travel will be necessary. Moving equipment up to 20 lbs. may be required. Extended periods of working at a computer and using a phone may be necessary. Work schedule may include early mornings, evenings and weekends and involve travel in inclement weather.  

Minimum Position Required Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Attitudes):

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field or equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  • Five years of significant journalism experience, including at least one year in a news editing role.
  • Demonstrated broadcast news writing and editing skills.
  • Experience creating content for digital platforms, including social media.
  • Supervisory experience and the ability to lead, direct, motivate and inspire a team working remotely.
  • Ability to provide direction and editorial leadership to team of reporters and producers who are generating story ideas and producing content distributed on multiple platforms.
  • Exceptional time management, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently under deadline pressure.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A voracious news consumer.
  • Demonstrated experience balancing urgency and depth in story selection and coverage decisions in a newsroom management role.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the culture and issues of the Northwest including both rural and urban areas.

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Application Deadline

All application materials are due by:
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time).

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