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About the Department/Unit
WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station in the greater
Washington, D.C. area, and DCist is our digital outlet for local
news. We provide in-depth and enterprise reporting alongside
essential daily news and information that aims to reflect and serve
the diverse communities of our region. We believe in news as a
public service and put our current and future audience at the
center of our work.
The Editor, Sun-Thurs leads a cross-platform, multimedia coverage
team of reporters, ensuring that WAMU and DCist have thoughtful and
inclusive coverage of the D.C. region.
The Editor, Sun-Thurs directs multiple reporters, each focused on
core WAMU topic areas, and primarily edits those reporters for
broadcast. They will also coordinate with a digital counterpart and
provide web edits, as needed.
The position acts as a sounding board for their team, helping
reporters find fresh angles for both daily and enterprise stories,
and ensures the development of diverse sources and stories that
reflect the communities we serve. This position will also otherwise
supports individual reporters’ growth and career goals, helping to
identify opportunities that advance their desired skillsets.
Working Sunday through Thursday, the Editor, Sun-Thurs plays a
pivotal role in starting off our weeks. On Sundays, they manage a
regular breaking news shift, ensuring that the websites and social
media are up-to-date, preparing Monday’s newscasts, and setting the
agenda for the week ahead. The Editor also tracks DCist web traffic
and works to increase it via consistent, reliable, accurate, and
timely news stories.
This position reports to the Deputy News Director, Audio, and works
closely with other Editors to enforce a unified vision for WAMU’s
regional coverage agenda.
- Evaluate pitches assign and edit stories: Drive the vision and
execution of stories from a team of reporters, ensuring work is
timely, accurate, and reflective of the region’s diversity in both
sourcing and topic. Serve as the primary audio editor for stories
generated by the reporter team. Edit digital stories as needed.
Exercise judgment in setting deadlines and expectations for
reporters, and communicate those expectations clearly.
- Lead the Sunday breaking news shift: Monitor various sources
for stories and serves as editor for those stories. Manage the
breaking news team to ensure stories are produced quickly and
accurately on-air and online. Prepare broadcast stories for the
- Supervise and manage reporters: Supervise, coach, and mentor
reporters, ensuring they have the adequate training and support to
- Enterprise story planning: In collaboration with newsroom
staff, develop ambitious, longer-term reporting projects and
facilitate the execution of them with an eye towards
experimentation and platform expansion.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
- Supervises a team of reporters.
Required Education and Experience
- Full Time, 35 hours/week.
- Project Leader/Advisor B
Preferred Education and Experience
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
- 3-5 years of relevant experience.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- Master's degree or equivalent.
- 4-6 years of relevant experience.
- Degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent
- 5+ years of storytelling/journalism experience, with leadership
experience or demonstrated leadership potential.
- Skill at editing broadcast radio for narrative strength,
storytelling style, speed, and factual accuracy. Digital editing
and production skills are also valued.
- Commitment to the mission of public media.
- Strong news judgment, with the ability to discern what
differentiates a WAMU/DCist from other local news outlets.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and to set and
- Creative approach to stories, both in terms of generating fresh
angles and experimenting with new formats and approaches.
- Commitment to inclusivity and compassion, both on our team and
in our coverage.
- Collaborative, congenial and upbeat workstyle.
- A desire to guide colleagues to common goals and mentor
reporters to strengthen and grow their skillsets.
- Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful
completion of a background check.
- To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires
COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn
more about our health and safety directive .
- Please note this job description is not designed to cover or
contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or
responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with
or without notice.
AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching
retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their
families, several leadership development certificates, and has been
recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly
worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique
benefit options .
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