90.5 WESA: Editor / Government

Jan 26, 2018

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Position Overview

This editor will oversee a four-person team covering government in the Pittsburgh region, producing features and newscast stories for WESA’s broadcast and website. The editor will lead a team focused on enterprise journalism, especially around issues of government accountability. The editor will work closely with other staff editors and the news director to coordinate coverage. This full-time exempt position reports to the News Director.

Major Responsibilities

  • Work with the News Director and government team to develop the vision and scope of WESA’s government reporting 
  • Lead a newsroom team composed of 3 reporters/producers
  • Field, craft, and approve story pitches from reporters, as well as generate your own ideas for assignment
  • Assist and guide reporters through the reporting/editing process from ideation through publication
  • Provide comprehensive, thoughtful editing of audio and text versions of spot and feature stories, to fully take advantage of the respective mediums
  • Be willing to work during off hours and weekends as needed
  • Make public appearances as needed to enhance WESA’s engagement and brand
  • Participate in on-air and online fundraising as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

 Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism-related field or equivalent experience / training
  • 5 or more years of editing experience in a professional newsroom with multimedia journalism (radio experience preferred)
  • 10 or more years of experience as a journalist
  • Experience covering Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania government a plus
  • Sound and ethical judgment, with a commitment to objectivity, balance and fairness
  • Ability to guide, assist, and develop story ideas from reporters
  • Ability to edit for both broadcast and web audiences
  • Self-motivated team player with a track record of producing daily news stories and features of interest to local audiences
  • Sound and ethical judgment, with a commitment to objectivity, balance and fairness
  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Creativity and sound judgment in social media usage
  • Ability to travel throughout the region and work flexible hours when necessary, including reliable vehicle, current driver license, clean driving record, and adequate auto insurance 

 

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation offers:

Salary commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package that includes medical insurance, paid medical leave, 403(b) plan with matching contributions, paid vacation and holidays and a workplace culture that is fun, diverse and innovative.

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter, resume, at least three samples of work relevant to this position, and three references to gov-editor@wesa.fm. In your email, let us know how you heard about the position.

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.