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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 Strategic Planning Editor plays a multi-faceted editor role in
WAMU and DCist’s newsroom, with a special focus on keeping future
editorial plans and logistics on track. The position ensures
special series, themed content and other editorial initiatives are
highly organized, well communicated and aligned with strategic
content priorities. It oversees coverage scheduling and keeps track
of the newsrooms’ medium and long-term editorial coverage plans,
identifying coverage opportunities and gaps well in
The Strategic Planning Editor is responsible for setting and
executing standards around breaking news, including overseeing and
directing coverage for the breaking news desk at least one day a
week. The position also edits daily stories and regularly leads
editorial projects from concept to completion.
This position reports to Executive Editor, Regional News and work
closely with other Editors to enforce a unified vision for
WAMU/DCist’s regional coverage agenda.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
- Daily coverage: In addition to regularly editing news content
as needed, holds at least one breaking news editing shift per week.
During this shift, determines which stories to cover; provides
hands on editing of both audio and digital content; holds
decision-making authority over whether a story is ready to
broadcast or post.
- Leads the collaboration to identify opportunities and gaps in
special coverage. Researches future events and topics of interest
- Scheduling: Oversees calendar and systems for organizing
coverage: maintains current tools as well as innovates and develops
new systems/protocols as needs arise. This includes both employee
scheduling (breaking news shifts, vacation, special event coverage,
etc) and systems to ensure follow-up stories on topics of
importance, advance planning for future events, and the resurfacing
of evergreen content.
- Special projects: Serves as a backup newsletter writer. Helps
implement NPR homepage pilot.
Required Education and Experience
- Full Time
- Project Leader/Advisor B
- This is a union-eligible position.
Preferred Education and Experience
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Degree in journalism or
related field, or equivalent experience.
- 4-6 years of relevant experience.
- Experience with project management and planning, including
defining goals and milestones, accurately assessing time and
resources needed to accomplish tasks, documenting and communicating
- Experience in an editor role and demonstrated strong news
judgment including editing for narrative strength, storytelling
style, and factual accuracy.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- 5-8 years of relevant experience.
- Familiarity with various planning approaches and tools
including Airtable, Trello and similar.
- Ability to determine the best platforms for telling
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity, both
internally and with work in the community.
- Proven ability to collaborate, build teams and foster a
supportive, team-oriented work culture.
- An appreciation and ability to set and meet deadlines.
- Recognition of the responsibility of public media to fulfill
its mission and serve the full community.
- Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the
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 .
This position is part of a collective bargaining unit represented
by SAG-AFTRA. That means the terms and conditions of your
employment are governed by university policy (including the Staff
Personnel Policies Manual) and any collective bargaining agreement
entered into between American University and SAG-AFTRA.
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