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St. Louis Public Radio, an NPR member station, seeks a Digital Editor to set the vision for the organization’s digital news presence and seek new, creative ways to tell informative, impactful stories online. They will oversee the planning and quality control of our online journalism, help drive collaboration and innovation within the newsroom and play a central role in our coverage of major news events.

You’ll join an award-winning team of journalists that covers communities across the bistate St. Louis region, in Rolla, Missouri, and in Quincy, Illinois. STLPR has a reputation as one of the most ambitious and innovative stations in the public radio system — particularly regarding our digital journalism. Our newsroom has a strong tradition of digital excellence, winning national and regional awards for our digital coverage and projects. STLPR is also a founding member of both NPR’s Midwest Newsroom, which focuses on enterprise and investigative reporting, and Harvest Public Media, which reports on the food production industry, environmental topics, and rural issues in the Midwest.

An ideal candidate brings excellent digital editing skills and sound news judgment, has a creative and innovative mind, and thrives at fostering collaboration. It’s also important for this person to be skilled at navigating content management systems, have a competency in visual and design literacy and to be a clear and consistent communicator.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Set the vision for the organization’s digital news assets and guides the newsroom in seeking new, innovative ways to tell informative, impactful stories online.
  • Manage STLPR’s digital team and guides effective collaboration between the team and the rest of the newsroom.
  • Oversee STLPR’s digital news products, monitoring for quality and accuracy in web stories, photojournalism, data visualizations and story layouts.
  • Edit any stories the digital team produces and pitch in to help other editors with web edits and polish digital news presentations, including improving headlines, digital layouts, working with the visual journalist to select photos and writing push notifications.
  • Spearhead digital coverage during breaking news events.
  • Review and republish digital content from partner newsrooms.
  • Stay current with digital trends and tools and find innovative ways to apply those to STLPR’s news coverage and processes.
  • Work cross-functionally with STLPR’s marketing and digital media department to monitor and analyze the performance of digital content, using that knowledge to inform what the newsroom should do to grow its audience and deepen engagement.
  • Assist as backup engagement editor when that editor is out, sharing stories on social media platforms.
  • Train new hires and interns on all things digital, including how to use our content management system, Grove.
  • Edit data visualizations produced by the newsroom.
  • Serve as a backup editor for day-turn stories as needed and fill in for other editors when they have planned absences.
  • Participate in station events or represent STLPR at public events, as needed.
Supervision Received: The Digital Editor is supervised by the News Director.

Supervision Responsibilities: The Digital Editor supervises three direct reports: a photojournalist, data journalist (position vacant) and copy editor.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas.


40 hours per week

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or a related field or equivalent professional experience;
  • Five or more years of professional experience as a reporter, producer, editor, or other journalism-related role;
  • At least one year of editing experience, preferred.
Anticipated Hiring Range

Pay commensurate with education and experience.
Hiring Range: $70,000 - $83,304 annual
Grade: GGS-011
University Title: Media Production Director III

Application Materials

Include with your resume and other application materials a cover letter that includes: your relevant experience; a short assessment of STLPR’s digital news product, noting areas of strength, needed improvements and how you might begin to address them; contact information for three references.

Finalists will be asked to provide references through UMSL at a later date.

Applicants must combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment to the UMSL Job site:

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). For questions about the application process, please email If you are experiencing technical problems, please email

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.



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