Topics Editor

November 18, 2020

The Topics Editor will oversee the generation of radio features and newscast spots, and innovative digital storytelling from our experienced reporters in the Health, Education, Transportation and Business beats. The ideal candidate will have experience generating engaging content across multiple platforms, be able to inspire the team’s reporters to even greater storytelling and play an important role on the News leadership team.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages and directs beat reporters to provide consistent content, making the best use of radio and digital-first material.
  • Ensures all staff are evaluated following the principles established under CPR’s performance management process.
  • Ensures beat reporters’ coverage is inclusive, digs into issues of equity, and reflects a diversity of experiences across the state. Actively participates in discussions with Audience Editors about audience-focused stories.
  • Establishes with department managers compensation for staff (within established organizational compensation parameters with VP Human Resources for final review by Senior VP Programming).
  • Assigns and edits radio features, newscast spots and digital content related to Health, Education, Transportation and Business, paying attention to newsroom coverage standards and productivity goals.
  • Evaluates features and daily news spots after they air/publish, and works with reporters to improve their reporting techniques and storytelling as appropriate.
  • Ensures reporters are focusing on significant topics that support the overall direction of CPR News and meet our standards for journalistic excellence.
  • Sets and manages deadlines for this content and communicates fully with the newsroom. Also, coordinates with CPR News’ interview program, Colorado Matters, to arrange reporter contributions to the show.

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Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Identification with the mission and purpose of Colorado Public Radio.
  • Minimum of five years of strong journalism experience with features editing, breaking news, meeting deadlines, and management experience strongly desired.
  • Impeccable news judgment and outstanding writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrable track record of managing beat coverage with focus on enterprise as well as breaking exclusive stories.
  • Must be able to thrive in an environment that requires juggling multiple tasks and deadlines and have strong organizational skills.

Non-standard working hours guaranteed. On call as needed and accountable for establishing backup on-call staff when unavailable.

Position is based in CPR's downtown Denver newsroom.

Application Requirements:

To apply, submit a cover letter that includes where you learned of the job opening, resume, three professional references and salary expectations to hr@cpr.org with "Topics Editor" in the subject line. Please also include links to samples of your work or projects you have led.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

No phone calls or drop ins please. Competitive salary and benefits.

Colorado Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer and encourages workplace diversity