Associate Editor, PIN #187-12
|Location:||Saint Paul, MN|
|Salary Range:||$56,177 - $84,265 |
|Employment Type:||Full Time|
|Business Group:||American Public Media|
|Description:||**Application deadline: Jan. 25, 2012** |
We are seeking a top-notch copy and online production editor to join a new, creative and ambitious reporting venture at the Public Insight Network from American Public Media.
If you’re not familiar with the Public Insight Network (we call it PIN), shame on you. Now take a minute to do a little Google research, or take a sneak-peak at some descriptions below. If it intrigues you, and you have the right stuff, come back here and keep reading.
PIN is a pioneering crowd-sourcing venture that has uses unique digital tools to tap into the wisdom and experiences of the public. Some 60 newsrooms rely on 140,000+ “sources” in our national network for commentary, expertise, story ideas, fact-checking and more. It is public engagement at its first and best.
Now we’re taking it to the next level with our own crew of reporters who will produce original content. We have a senior editor who will guide the vision of our major projects and coordinate collaborative reporting projects among our member newsrooms. We have three veteran reporters whose range is as eclectic as it is deep. And we have a stellar team of PIN analyst/journalists who know the network inside out, nurture relationships with sources and work with partner newsrooms.
What we need to complete our team is a sharp-eyed copy and production editor to make sure the work we push out is as sharp, clean, contextual and well-organized as it can be on any platform.
We aren’t looking for a techie who knows a little bit of journalism. Rather, we’re looking for an experienced, principled journalist who is new media, multi-media and social media savvy. In other words, you’re the well-rounded news editor who has embraced your inner geek.
You post, tweet, tumble, flick and Storify, and even know which of those are acceptable as verbs. You know when a story works, and how to make one better without ruining a reporter’s or source’s voice. You can polish sentences, package content and produce web pages, and have firm views on the pros and cons of alliteration. You excel at headlines, cutlines and deadlines. You can link and layer content to give it more value without losing a story’s central flow. You speak AP Style, Strunk & White, SEO and enough html to ask for a beer and a bathroom in foreign lands. You are up on the news and down with disruptive technology. You can already edit audio and video or are eager to learn.
And yes, you take your journalism far more seriously than you take yourself. You believe in independent, in-depth, open-minded and accurate reporting as a vital public service. You believe the best journalism is done not apart from but as part of the community. You aspire to produce news that not only informs but engages, not only relays but relates, and not only asks but listens.
By the way, you get to do all this stuff in beautiful St. Paul, Minnesota, where the people are real, the politics are interesting (channel Garrison Keillor here) and the winter isn’t nearly as scary as you might think.
OK, now that we’ve had some fun, here’s the small-point stuff that makes the HR folks happy – or at least keeps them from setting fire to their hair.
This is a full-time, exempt, grant-funded position running from February 2012 through March 2013. (We need to say that because it’s true. It’s also true that 1. If we succeed (and we expect to), we also expect to continue, and 2. If there’s a super-secure position in journalism right now, we’d like to know about it).
The Associate Editor has a natural curiosity about people and their experience and a knack for conversational journalism. S/he works with the PIN Director and Collaborations Editor to ensure the overall editorial quality of content produced by the PIN editorial team. S/he plays a critical role in establishing PIN’s coverage priorities and making assignments that respond to those priorities. S/he edits reporters, producers, videographers, PIN analysts and freelancers. This position reports to the Director of Network Journalism and Innovation, works at the direction of the Public Insight Network editor and in collaboration with APM’s national and regional programming divisions. Some general outreach duties designed to diversify and promote the PIN also are required.
Public Insight Journalism relies on an invested community of people – sources in the Public Insight Network - who have agreed to provide their insights, experiences and expertise to news organizations around the country, including regional public radio and television stations, online and print media, and national radio and television shows like Marketplace and American RadioWorks. (see www.publicinsightnetwork.org for more information and a complete list of participating newsrooms.)
Please upload your cover letter, resume and at least three professional references to our online application system. Finalists may be asked to do a sample thinking-editing exercise.
|Qualifications:||Required Education and Experience:|
• Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or equivalent experience.
• Five years’ print reporting experience, seven years print editing experience at a daily newspaper, wire service or news web site.
• Three years’ experience editing Web sites and Web production.
• Experience bringing projects from concept to completion in newsrooms.
• Experience providing work direction or supervisory experience.
• Experience assigning stories and editing copy.
• Experience with Internet news production and presentation.
• Experience working with visual journalists.
• Experience building audience, establishing a social media brand, and stoking community engagement.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
• Strong editorial judgment with a commitment to accuracy, fairness, balance, and attention to detail in professional settings.
• Ability to work efficiently with limited direct supervision.
• Abilities in creating story ideas, writing and editing for the Web.
• Passion for news and knowledge of current events from following the news daily.
• Able to maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness.
• Extensive knowledge of enterprise and collaborative journalism
• Ability to work collaboratively, make assignments, manage projects and meet deadlines.
• Flexibility, ability to respond to changing priorities.
• Strong online visual design sensibility.
• Adept at working with a wide range of software tools.
• Ability to consistently work collegially and creatively with staff and colleagues at all levels.
• Solid coaching, communication and teamwork skills.
• Ability to see opportunities for tapping audience expertise and other news resources
• Well-established contacts in, and knowledge of, the journalism community
Preferred Skills and Experience:
• Fluency in Spanish
• Video and radio production/editing skills
• Experience with crowd-sourcing
• Experience with Internet news production and presentation.
• Knowledge of online journalistic practices, HTML, and software use
• Understanding and ability to apply Web design and usability principles
• Experience with shooting and editing video for the Web.
• Working knowledge of RSS feeds and XML.
• Interest in social networking, content aggregation, and "what's-new" in online media.
• Understanding of semantic markup and accessibility standards.
• Experience with content management systems -- Drupal in particular.
• Understanding and ability to apply Web design and usability principles.
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