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Senior Editor, Marketplace #165-13
Posted on: 
April 2, 2013

Senior Editor, Marketplace #165-13
Location:    Washington D.C. or Los Angeles, CA
Salary Range:    $92,124 - $138,186
Exempt/Non-Exempt:    Exempt
Benefits:    Yes
Employment Type:    Full Time
Business Group:    American Public Media
Description:    This position could be located in Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC.

Position Summary:

Why would a business show need a bureau in Washington DC, the nation’s political center?

Well, because the buck starts and stops there, of course.

But making what goes on over expense account lunches, in committee hearings and behind closed oak doors accessible and, more to the point interesting, is a challenge. Especially in these days of spent political capital and coffers that refuse to fill up.

The daily goings-on in Washington D.C. need to be translated into storytelling that demands attention.

Marketplace is looking for a Senior Editor for its Washington D.C. bureau – someone who can lead our team of talented journalists to the next level.

To propel Marketplace’s coverage into the spotlight , the successful candidate will need to come armed with the most exciting and original ideas and treatments.

Ideas which will illustrate to listeners WHY what happens in Washington must - and will- matter to us all.

It will take courage to challenge accepted wisdom about how we cover politics and policy; Marketplace will hire the person who is determined to rip up the rules and start again.

If all this appeals, and you have the proven track record in smart, witty, original radio journalism, then read on.

Position Responsibility:

• Supervise the Washington D.C. bureau. Plan and direct daily, feature and special-project coverage.
• Edit and produce spots and features with Marketplace reporters, helping to maintain Marketplace’s distinctive style, sound and journalistic standards.
• Work to incorporate smart, informative and stylish digital content across all contributions.
• Supervise staff; train and orient; provide on-going performance feedback; provide annual written reviews; provide on-going coaching and support; create individualized development plans
• Supervise other desks and reporters, as assigned.
• Recruit, cultivate and edit freelance reporters.
• Monitor relevant desk and acquisition budgets.
• Write the daily financial summary (“The Numbers”) in rotation with other editorial staff.
• Work within a team environment, responding to the needs of all Marketplace programs.
• Respond when breaking news develops on the beat, and also other topics when necessary.
• Take an editorial lead on strands of coverage which originate with the Washington D.C. desk.
• Ensure that independent producers follow production standards.
• Read widely and be well-informed about news, current events, business, economics, history and public policy.

Required Education and Experience:

• Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
• Minimum seven years journalism experience.
• Demonstrated experience in news and feature production, particularly news magazines and special programming.
• Experience in news gathering, editing and writing.
• Experience in personnel management.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

• Able to function independently on enterprise stories, or within a strong team environment.
• Well-established editing skills; and an understanding of the need for interpretative reporting on often complex and many-layered issues.
• Superior abilities in creating story ideas, writing, editing, and producing and reporting programs and program elements.
• Well-established contacts and knowledge of the journalism community inside the Washington D.C. and beyond.
• Proven track record in field production skills in pressurized environments.
• Ability to deliver material to national-quality programs on deadline.
• Sound critical judgment skills and the ability to make decisions regarding credibility, personality and value of material to the program.
• Extensive knowledge of broadcast journalism.
• Ability to consistently work well with others and to inspire and lead the staff.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

• Experience on nationally-distributed broadcast news-information program.
• Background in business, finance and the economy is helpful, as is an understanding and empathy of societal issues that revolve around money.
• Ability to operate remote and on-site recording equipment, editing audio, and prepare all elements of program in ready-for-broadcast form.

Reporting To This Position: Minimum of two reporters and/or other editorial staff.