Breaking News Editor

Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland, Oregon)

Posted 6 days ago

About OPB
OPB is a leader in public media, serving diverse communities of the Northwest with fact-based, in-depth news and information about politics, the environment, science, arts and cultures; business, education and more. Powered by the generous support of members, OPB seeks out a variety of voices in our communities and lifts up authentic stories of the people, places, events and issues of the region, providing context and a deeper understanding. OPB’s independent journalism and programs are available at, on OPB Radio and OPB TV.

The Opportunity
Our newsroom is growing! The Breaking News Editor role is a newly created position that will help keep OPB’s audience informed by being our lead on breaking news for the second part of the day. Could this be you? Working the later part of the day, you will use your exceptional news judgment, rapid decision-making ability and quick writing and reporting skills to ensure OPB’s primary news platforms reflect accurate and informative stories of the day’s events.

You will be a part of the news team working with other editors and reporters and collaborating closely with our programming and digital content teams throughout the day. While this position doesn’t directly supervise any content creators, the breaking news editor will edit copy and stories from our announcers, host and reporters and be a thought partner in helping foster stories from concept to completion. 

Position Details
The breaking news editor serves as OPB’s primary eyes on breaking news and developing stories during the later part of the day. They monitor social media, the OPB news mailbox and other media outlets for the latest events. This editor writes copy for radio, short stories for the website and does preliminary reporting on breaking news when needed. This editor also edits stories by announcers and beat reporters when their team leaders are not available and leaves overnight notes used by morning producers and announcers to ensure newscasts and the website are up to date in the morning.

This position plans and approves work of reporters and producers. This position does not have direct supervision of employees. 


  • Ensures that OPB’s primary news platforms provide an in-the-moment, up-to-date reflection of the day’s events by monitoring the work of OPB reporters and other news sources on social media, coordinating with OPB team leaders, monitoring the OPB news mailbox, writing copy for newscasts and short stories for
    • Final products must reflect diverse range of perspectives from community
    • Editor will participate in weekly meetings with OPB editors, a weekly check in meeting with the VP news and a weekly news meeting with reporters and producers. 
    • Editor will communicate consistently throughout their work day with announcers and digital producers via Slack, email and in person conversations. 
    • Editor will end their day by filing an overnight note for morning announcers, digital producers and editors detailing stories and other content that is new for morning and stories that will need to be addressed by the morning staff. 
  • Edit copy from announcers and hosts, later-day stories from OPB reporters and affiliate organizations.
    • Follows AP and OPB style for all incoming content.
    • Provides editorial direction and support for reporters filing after hours stories or in cases in which the team leader is not available to edit. This can include editing stories and guiding coverage of breaking news.
    • Stays in regular contact with the other editors and the VP, news, when news breaks at night.
    • Stays in regular contact with evening digital producers when news breaks at night. 
    • Monitors, pulls and edits as needed stories from the Northwest News Network (N3) partners. 
    • Translates copy and newscast items from announcers and N3 reporters into digital stories. 
    • Uses OPB programs including Adobe Audition, Arc CMS and our Media Assent Management software.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions
Most work will be done Monday through Friday 3:30p-11:30p. The bulk of this editor’s duties will take place in an office or studio setting. Lifting and carrying equipment up to 20 pounds is sometimes required. In-state travel may be required. Evening work and some weekend work is required.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  • Experience in a daily newsroom environment.
  • Experience providing editorial direction and developing a story from idea to final product.
  • Ability to recognize a wide range of stories appropriate for OPB across radio and digital platforms.
  • Share OPB’s commitment to covering all the communities in our coverage areas reflecting a diverse range of people and perspectives in our content. 
  • Exceptional time management, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with digital audio workstations and office computer software.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of OPB and for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism.
  • Experience using digital audio recording and editing equipment
  • Experience editing reporters for radio or web. 
  • Bilingual in English and another language, preferably one spoken in communities in the Pacific Northwest (for example, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Russian). 
  • A voracious news consumer with a passion for journalism.
  • Knowledge of major stories and issues in the Northwest.

Additional Information

  • This position reports to the Vice President, News, and the probable hiring range for this salaried position is between $65,000 and $75,000 annually, depending on qualifications.

How to Apply
Click on the apply button below. You will be asked to create an account, upload your cover letter and resume and answer a few position related questions. Once you click “submit” you cannot make changes to your application. 

Your application materials are due by 8:59 PM Pacific Time on February 4, 2021. Apply here.

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