WFAE, an award-winning public radio station serving the Charlotte region for more than 35 years, seeks a Managing Editor for News and Digital to help shape reporting across digital and emerging platforms, and help lead community engagement initiatives. The Managing Editor for News and Digital will possess a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of national and international headlines as well as news that is important to local communities. In addition, the Managing Editor for News and Digital will be responsible for leading daily news meetings, helping to establish the daily news agenda and determining how news is covered and presented across multiple platforms. The Managing Editor for News and Digital must be a student of media and technology, and will be expected to stay abreast of trends that impact the ways in which we cover news and present it to our audience.
The Managing Editor for News and Digital will be an important member of the news and programming senior team, and as such must demonstrate the ability to lead, collaborate with and motivate colleagues and direct reports to reach key goals.
The Managing Editor for News and Digital will report to the Chief Content Officer and will work closely with the News Director and Web Manager to fulfill the responsibilities of the job. This job is located in Charlotte N.C.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Managing a small team of journalists focused on digital news innovation and helping lead an audience-focused, digital-first newsroom
Leading the development of a content and distribution strategy that aligns with audience needs and expectations across digital platforms and distribution channels
Working with the News Director to craft the morning, afternoon, evening and weekend news budget detailing our daily on-air, digital and social media plan
Overseeing the creation of and implementing a digital-first strategy for morning news headlines and breaking news throughout the day
Reshaping on-air content, as well as creating original content, for online and mobile platforms
Developing online news packages, sections on the most important topics WFAE reporters are covering
Crafting the social media strategy and overseeing daily execution, including actively promoting WFAE content, features, events, etc.
Helping to identify and develop relationships with and content for diverse digital communities of interest
Collaborating with the Web Manager and others to build and implement platforms and tools that help transform our news product and better serve our audience
Leveraging audience data to shape content and engagement strategies
Staying abreast of industry trends in journalism and technology and being an advocate for best practices, as they relate to those trends, in the newsroom
Serving as a digital and social evangelist in the newsroom, working with the Web Manager to train staff training
Working closely with the Web Manager to experiment with new technologies that promote audience growth and engagement, and that foster innovation in the way we package and present our content
Helping to build, implement and sustain partnerships with community and national organizations that align with WFAE’s goals and mission
Working closely with newsroom leadership to create a podcast strategy
Serving as a representative of WFAE in community forums and at industry events
10+ years as a leader in a fast-paced digital news environment
Strong news judgment and an insatiable appetite for news
Experienced content editor
Excellent people management and project management experience
Student of industry news to stay abreast of best practices as well as trends in news consumption and emerging technologies
Strong oral and written communication skills
Strong technology skills
Ability to understand analytics and leverage insights to improve content and build audience
Experience working with videographers/video journalism
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Additional Salary Information: Send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Include Managing Editor of News and Digital as the subject line of your email. Please include your salary requirements in your cover letter in order for us to consider your application.
WFAE is a fast-paced public radio station offering an exciting and creative work environment. We look for ambitious and dedicated people ready for challenges. We offer a generous benefit package and competitive compensation.
If our work in engaging listeners with regional, national and international issues excites you, we want to hear from you.