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News Producer-Editor (15298)

Date: Jan 9, 2019

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20008

Company: American University


The  News Producer/Editor is the force “behind the scenes” of one of WAMU’s signature drive time programs, ensuring that WAMU offers the best, most thoughtful, smartest daily news content for the national capital region.


The News Producer/Editor edits, assigns and produces spot news segments, books guests, monitors multiple news sources, writes and works with the Senior News Producer to identify content from the reporting staff for inclusion in the local news lineup. The News Producer/Editor is responsible for ensuring that WAMU’s programs reinforce WAMU’s regional news strategy and overall sound and style.


The News Producer/Editor is responsible for identifying and conveying critical updates to the audience, monitoring news sources, and determining whether and how a news item should be conveyed on air.


The News Producer/Editor also ensures that content translates across all platforms where WAMU local news content is consumed. The News Producer/Editor is a reliable content coordinator but also an idea generator—listening constantly, testing frequently, and always seeking better ways to present news content in a compelling, audience-focused, and memorable way.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • The News Producer/Editor reports to the Senior Managing Editor
  • The News Producer/Editor works as part of a team with a program host and board operator

Work Environment

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 35-Exempt
  • Sr Coordinator/Sr Analyst A

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience

Required Education and Experience

  • Degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years’ experience doing relevant work in a newsroom environment
  • 5-7 years experience producing and editing content in a fast-paced deadline-driven broadcast environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong news judgment, and an ability to make good decisions quickly in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to generate fresh story angles, and willingness to experiment with new show approaches
  • Superior organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Experience producing digital content and social media content
  • A strong appetite for daily news coverage
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to the mission of public radio journalism

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Awareness and knowledge of the Washington region, and critical regional issues

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check


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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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