WUSF, WMFE Seek Political Editor To Lead 2020 Election Coverage Along I-4 Corridor
Two of Florida’s leading public media newsrooms are looking for an ambitious, experienced editor to lead a collaborative project focusing on the 2020 Presidential election in one of the most important regions in the nation: the I-4 Corridor.
The political editor will manage journalists in two newsrooms, assigned to cover the issues that matter to voters in Florida and NOT the political horse race. You’ll help reporters translate policy and politics to the audience in a way that’s valuable in their decision-making about candidates.
You’ll be helping reporters identify original reporting for both on air and online – coordinating daily developments and planning in-depth coverage collaboratively with news directors in Tampa and Orlando. This editor is responsible for making sure breaking news is shared on air and online immediately, as well as preparing in-depth enterprise reporting to be published online and used in daily radio magazines, and public affairs shows.
This position will oversee not only the March 2020 primaries, but also the November general election and any recounts.
Excellent news judgment, a strong understanding of politics, an ability to pay attention to details and work under deadlines are a must. Familiarity with Florida, public media and broadcast editing, data journalism and digital editing are a plus.
This is a one-year position through December 31, 2020. The editor will need to be able to embed in newsrooms in Tampa and Orlando throughout the year. It could include weekend work, especially leading up to the election.
Responsibilities: Plan collaborative news and feature coverage of the 2020 election for broadcast and digital platforms; coordinate plans with Tampa and Orlando news directors; share and communicate with Florida Public Media partners; assign, develop and edit original election stories from partner newsrooms; able to find stories that are under-reported or aren’t being told by other news organizations; identify and lead audience engagement opportunities in Central and West Central Florida; maintain journalism best practices for editorial integrity, based on NPR and local station standards.
Educational Background: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university or equivalent required.
Skills/Experience include: Five or more years of experience in journalism; two or more years of experience as an editor; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; both daily news and enterprise reporting; political reporting or editing experience a plus; ability to utilize and visualize data journalism for digital audience; experience in digital media, including editing copy, fluency in SEO, social-media and basic analytics.
All applications must be submitted on the USF Careers portal.