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Science & Environment Editor

March 15, 2018

KCTS 9 and its sister organization, the award-winning regional news site Crosscut, are searching for a seasoned editor to lead a team of public-interest journalists producing text, video and multimedia stories about science and the environment in Seattle, Washington state and the Pacific Northwest.

The Science & Environment Editor will build a team that investigates industries that impact the region's environment; explores the way in which environmental damage and climate change ripple into communities and public health; spotlights efforts to protect and restore our wild surroundings; and profiles scientists, athletes, activists and resource managers engaged with the outdoors and the environment.

The ideal candidate will have fresh ideas for smart, innovative coverage of Northwest environmental issues, including urban sustainability and environmental justice, and a penchant for blending words and images into powerful stories. The editor will have a rare opportunity to build a team of writers and video producers, collaborating with social media wizards and web developers to make KCTS 9 and Crosscut essential sources of news, analysis and perspective for the region.

KCTS 9 and Crosscut are partners in the Emmy award-winning public media collaboration EarthFix. Our editorial leadership brings decades of environmental reporting experience with news outlets such as the Seattle Times, High Country News and Grist. We produce stories primarily for digital platforms, although some of our video content is broadcast on KCTS 9 as a means of raising awareness of our work.

We are engaged in creating a new kind of newsroom, with a need for new kinds of skills. We've laid out below some ideal qualifications, but we are also willing to work with the right candidate to grow into newer aspects of the job. Our top priority is finding a passionate editor who will exercise good judgment, leadership and a passion for honest discussions of science, the environment, and how our region can be more inclusive and attuned to the needs of everyone.

If you think you're the person who can make a difference for us and the communities in the Puget Sound region and beyond, we want to hear from you!

Qualified applicants please apply here.

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES 

I.  Manage

1.  Manage a team of editors, writers, video producers and MMJs, creating an atmosphere that encourages innovative, enterprising and high-impact journalism

2.  Assign and edit news articles, videos and multimedia stories from staff and freelance journalists, ensuring that their reporting meets journalistic and organizational standards for fairness, thoroughness and quality

3.  Manage freelance budget and end-of-month pay sheet to ensure that writers, artists, photographers, etc., are paid in a timely fashion

II.  Collaborate

1.  Work with the Executive Editor, Managing Editor and other section editors to set Cascade Public Media’s editorial direction and identify opportunities to break fresh ground and fill voids in regional media coverage

2.  Meet daily production deadlines so that email newsletters can go out in a timely manner and content can be promoted appropriately via social media and other channels

3.  Collaborate with other Editorial and Production staff on art selection and headline writing that is informed by best practices and data analytics

4.  Serve as a CPM representative in the planning and execution of community events and working with partner organizations

III. Lead

1.  Work with other editors to foster and recruit a diverse stable of freelance writers, columnists, and multimedia producers

2.  Track story assignments, due dates and publish times to create a steady stream of daily news content on the website with engaging photos, illustrations and graphics

3.  Share Science & Environment team plans and priorities with other Cascade Public Media staff

4.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 

1.  Bachelors Degree in broadcasting, journalism, communications, new media or a related field or equivalent experience required; advanced study or a graduate degree preferred

2.  At least seven years’ experience as a writer, multimedia producer and/or editor

3.  Demonstrated success in developing and managing multiple priorities and projects of various size and depth

4.  Demonstrated ability to hire, motivate, and work with a diverse group of writers, video producers, and other content producers, to resolve conflicts, and produce clear, salient stories that appeal to a broad audience

5.  Experience with digital media platforms, multimedia storytelling tools and techniques, and social media

6.  A talent for identifying surprising characters and fresh narratives, and helping journalists craft stories around them

7.  Excellent interpersonal skills for building and fostering key internal and external relationships

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

1.  Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time

2.  Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time

3.  Ability to sit or stand for extended periods

Cascade Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minority / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation