About Chicago Public Media
Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country. The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched such iconic shows as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…,Nerdette, Making Obama and the ground-breaking podcast Serial. Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, digital streaming, and mobile apps. Our flagship station, WBEZ Chicago (91.5 FM and wbez.org) is Chicagoland’s premier hub for trusted, fact-based journalism and engaging, entertaining audio programs and podcasts. WBEZ’s sister service, Vocalo (91.1 FM in Chicago, vocalo.org everywhere), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative music and culture format.
The Opportunity: Senior Editor, Audio News
We are seeking a dynamic leader and experienced editor to guide our audio news team during an exciting time of transformation and growth in our award-winning local newsroom. This editor will operate at a high level, setting and executing the strategic direction for WBEZ’s daily and enterprise audio news coverage as it seeks to grow its audience in a multiplatform environment that includes broadcast radio, smart speakers, podcasts, mobile and social. Our workplace and studios are located at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. The services we provide are considered essential, and due to on-going COVID concerns, we continue to support remote working arrangements, as necessary.
Reporting to the managing editor, the senior editor will manage a team, represented by SAG AFTRA, that includes a range of journalistic talent, including reporters, editors and audio producers. Together, they will produce stories, features, interviews and newscast content throughout the broadcast day, shaping the editorial experience from Morning Edition through All Things Considered. The team will work independently and collaboratively to serve our community on a daily basis, working across the newsroom with the digital team, the enterprise news teams, the product team, the programming team, the membership team and the content development unit to support efforts that create outstanding journalism and content experiences that build loyalty, trust, engagement and membership.
The position requires someone with a deep understanding of effective audio journalism, as well a passion for the power of local journalism to inform, connect, reveal and inspire. The senior editor will have first-hand experience leading a diverse, daily team with a sense of purpose, clarity, and creativity and will know how to grow audience by developing a differentiated editorial strategy that builds loyalty and is indispensable to the audience it serves. They will possess an appetite for adventure and fun, a healthy competitive spirit, and a passion for growth and innovation in a time of dynamic change.
The ideal candidate will have keen editorial judgment, as well as a deep commitment to the mission of public media and the highest ethical standards. We are looking for a leader who can inspire excellence in innovation and is adept at coaching and developing a staff yearning to grow WBEZ’s position as an essential destination for outstanding journalism and news coverage in Chicago.
The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM). The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.
Our associates are in service of our mission. Our full-time employee population hovers around 150 people, and approximately half of our team is represented by SAG-AFTRA. We work at our newly renovated open and collaborative space at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. We know it is imperative that our workplace reflects our community so we can, in turn, provide content that connects people. We are committed to having a workplace that thrives by creating a place of belonging where everyone can contribute their talents. If you share our passion for public service news and information, join us! Check out our LinkedIn page for further details: https://www.linkedin.com/company/chicago-public-radio/?viewAsMember=true
Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we actively seek and welcome people from all backgrounds, orientations and life experiences to join our team.