Assistant Music News Editor more...
Location:Washington, DC
Company:National Public Radio (NPR)
First posted:July 28, 2017

A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. NPR listeners value information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility - our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide.

The Assistant Music News Editor is a vital member of NPR's digital news team. The successful candidate will serve as NPR Music's daily liaison with NPR's flagship news shows Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and craft the programs' music stories for (please use the apply button below)'s online audience.

The Assistant Editor will also produce, write and edit a variety of music stories for (please use the apply button below), ranging from breaking news to in-depth analysis. A typical day on the job might include writing a news story on a surprise album release, editing a reported piece on Spotify songwriter payments, or producing a musician interview with one of NPR's Morning Edition hosts.

We expect the Assistant Editor to possess a passion for music, a talent for collaboration, and the ability to multi-task. Strong organizational and communication tools will be crucial. Audio production experience is preferred. NPR Music stories often involve working in tandem with other departments at NPR, such as video, data visualization, programming and podcasts.

The Assistant Music News Editor reports to NPR Music's Supervising Editor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist news programs in the production of web stories about music, on deadline
  • Produce, write and edit digital music news stories, on deadline
  • Assist in the conception, production and execution of special editorial packages
  • Edit the NPR Music homepage
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Experience:

  • At least two years of editing and production experience
  • Bachelor's degree or a writing-intensive discipline or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Proficient writing and editing capabilities         
  • Passionate about music, with knowledge of multiple genres
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good news judgement
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others
  • Experience writing on deadline on a daily basis
  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously under stringent time frames and changing priorities/conditions
  • Demonstrated self-starter with ability to take responsibility, exercise excellent judgment under pressure, show initiative, and work with minimal supervision in a dynamic, demanding, fast-paced office environment.  Strong problem solving orientation and skills a must.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development. 

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NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirmatively seeks to hire veterans and people with disabilities.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

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