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Managing Editor

Job ID: 59491
Job Views: 2904
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Postal Code:
Job Category: Radio
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 08.26.2020

Job Description

Managing Editor

WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, is a public media organization committed to exceptional journalism and deep civic engagement — providing news, analysis and entertainment on air, online at ​​, on demand and on stage. WBUR is the home of national programs ​Here & Now ​and​ On Point, ​reaching millions of listeners each week on more than 500 public radio stations nationwide. The WBUR iLab​ produces popular podcasts including Circle Round ​and Endless Thread.​ WBUR serves its local community with the largest public radio newsroom in the country and with ​CitySpace​ a dynamic, new venue for civic discourse and cultural exchange. 

The Managing Editor will play a key role in shaping and directing WBUR’s local news coverage, overseeing teams of reporters and editors responsible for investigations, arts and culture, education and the environment.


Reporting to the Executive Editor, News, the position requires someone who is high energy, motivated and proactive. Someone who has a passion for coaching and inspiring reporters and editors to do the best work of their careers. This role will work very closely with the Executive Editor, News, the Managing Editor, Managing Producer and Executive Editor, Digital, to strategize and execute coverage across all platforms, including on air, print, social media, newsletters, and live events. The person plays an active, behind-the-scenes role within the organization to plan and think critically about news, to recruit and develop top, diverse talent, and to help foster a workplace of collaboration, respect and inclusion.


A key aspect is the ability to work with reporters and editors closely at the story level, while simultaneously seeing the big picture of the newsroom. The position requires a highly resourceful, multi-platform editor who strives to lift reporting and storytelling skills on all platforms. Someone with a track record of managing teams and complex projects with many stakeholders.



  • Works with desk heads and reporters to pave new avenues of reporting that distinguish WBUR and meet station standards of excellence, online and on air. 
  • Develops short and long-term goals for desks that together build a holistic, unique body of work in a competitive local news landscape.
  • Contributes to overall newsroom strategic planning, organization, best practices, and innovation.
  • Mentors editors and reporters to deepen reporting skills and lift storycraft on all platforms.
  • Conceptualizes broadcast and digital story treatments, often editing both.
  • Manage daily news budgets, in coordination with newsroom leaders.
  • Leads special projects -- for example, cross-unit series, podcasts, and special events.
  • Fosters collaborative teams and encourages peer learning among newsroom colleagues.
  • Collaborates with departments outside of the newsroom, including the CitySpace team, providing close editorial guidance on events involving newsroom journalists. 
  • Occasionally assumes the duties of Executive Editor.




  • 10+ years journalism experience.
  • 5+ years leading, editing and supervising teams and complex projects across multiple platforms on deadline.
  • A record of coaching reporters and editors through sophisticated, high impact projects.
  • An ability to set standards of excellence and to help reporters and editors meet them, providing regular, constructive feedback. 
  • Ability to target and expand audience, particularly on digital platforms. 
  • Exceptional collaborative and team building skills, with the capacity to build diverse and inclusive environments. 
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines. 
  • Experience developing and managing budgets. 
  • Strong leadership skills, able to build trust, influence and inspire. 




Highly competitive compensation package. Comprehensive health package and retirement benefits.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter  to:

Boston University holds the station license. Boston University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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