News Director

KCUR (Kansas City, Kansas)

Posted 2 weeks ago

KCUR 89.3, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate, is looking for an experienced journalist to oversee the day-to-day news operation and reporting. The News Director’s primary responsibility will be to ensure efficiency in the workflow and distribution of journalism of the highest order.

This is an exciting and important time to be a journalist, particularly within the public media landscape.  The News Director at KCUR will drive the daily reporting with a perfect combination of energy and calm, creativity and consistency.

The ideal candidate for this role has superior organizational skills and high journalistic standards. He/she will be a strong collaborator, an outstanding manager of people and an unflappable leader in a busy newsroom environment.

Basic Function and Responsibility

Responsible for providing day-to-day execution of KCUR’s news strategy.  This position reports directly to the Director of Journalism.

Characteristic Duties

  • Coach, supervise and edit the work of reporters, newscasters, talk show teams and freelancers who provide content for broadcast and digital platforms.
  • Work with director of journalism, peer editors and cross-departmental colleagues to build a content strategy that ensures KCUR is committed to delivering coverage that builds loyalty among existing audiences and grows new ones.
  • Oversee staff scheduling, ensuring appropriate reporting and editing coverage.
  • Work with peer editors to expand the diversity of voices included in KCUR’s journalism on all platforms.
  • Participate in appropriate fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, education or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and at least five years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five to seven years of experience working with a public media or news organization.
  • Proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
  • Ability to plan, develop budgets and implement projects.
  • Experience editing audio and digital stories and tailoring the story to the medium.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Audition or other audio editing programs.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with various personalities.
  • Ability to multi-task and oversee diverse projects simultaneously in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.

Salary is commensurate with experience. This position is full-time.   

This position will remain open until filled. Apply here.

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, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law.  This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.  For more information, call the UMKC Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job.  If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.

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