Editor, Web-First

American University (Washington, D.C.)

Posted 2 months ago

Date: Oct 11, 2021
Location: Washington, DC, US, 20008
Company: American University

The Editor 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 directs general assignment and arts reporters, and primarily edits those reporters for web. They will also coordinate with the Deputy News Director, Audio to ensure on air coverage.

The Editor 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 that reflect the communities we serve. The Editor will also otherwise support individual reporters’ growth and career goals, helping to identify opportunities that advance their desired skillsets.

The person in this role oversees Arts and Food coverage on DCist, with a focus on publishing stories that are compelling, relevant and shareable. The Editor sources and selects stories that interest audiences and meet the evolving creative needs of the site. The Editor also tracks DCist web traffic and works to increase it via consistent, reliable, accurate, and timely stories.

The Editor oversees, edits and polishes the writing and reporting of other staff members, including freelancers, to ensure that all content published meets established editorial and style guidelines. As part of that effort, the Editor helps grow our database of go-to freelance talent, with a particular emphasis on diversifying our group of regular contributors.

Working a later shift, the person in this role also serves as the breaking news editor for the last 1.5 hours of their 11-7 shift. They coordinate with the evening reporter to scan for late breaking stories, edit coverage, and coordinate with our All Things Considered Producer to set up the morning.

This role reports to the Deputy News Director, Digital, and works closely with the Managing Editor, DCist and other Editors to enforce a unified vision for WAMU’s regional coverage agenda.

Essential Functions

  1. Develop robust Arts and Food sections for DCist, and coordinate with Deputy News Director, Audio to represent that coverage on air. Assign and oversee freelance work. Edit stories written for DCist by staff and freelance contributor, ensuring that content meets editorial and style guidelines and meets a high standard of journalistic accuracy and integrity. Ensure that headlines, images, captions, and text are compelling and that all content is worthy of readers’ time. Oversee the majority of DCist’s freelance staff, working to develop a robust roster of regular writers and photographers. Exercise judgment in setting deadlines and expectations for reporters, and communicate those expectations clearly. Take part in weekly on-air segment Get Out There about arts coverage.
  2. Lead the evening breaking news shift, monitoring various sources and ensuring stories are produced quickly and accurately. Serves as digital editor for stories filed in the evening. Coordinates with audio producer to ensure on-air coverage for Morning Edition and communicate a clear handoff for the morning team.
  3. Supervise, coach, and mentor reporters, ensuring they have the adequate training and support to continue growing.
  4. Develop ambitious, longer-term reporting projects and facilitate the execution of them with an eye towards experimentation and platform expansion.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position supervises a team of reporters.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full time
  • Project Leader/Advisor B
  • Exempt

Salary Range

  • Typical Hiring Range is $70,000 – 90,000; commensurate with experience

Required Education and Experience

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Superb writing and editing skills, with a meticulous eye for accuracy and understanding of what makes for effective storytelling.
  • A proven understanding of how to build and activate digital audiences around news content.
  • A passion for food and arts reporting in the DC region.
  • Keen sense of what differentiates public radio journalism and a 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 meet deadlines.
  • 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.


  • Click here to learn about American University’s unique benefit options.

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Contact Us:
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