News Director – KCUR Public Radio, 65567

UMKC Volker Campus
Aug 29, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: News Director – KCUR Public Radio, 65567
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 33972
Hiring Department

KCUR 89.3

Job Description

KCUR 89.3, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate, is looking for an experienced journalist to oversee the day-to-day news operation and reporting. The News Director’s primary responsibility will be to ensure efficiency in the workflow and distribution of journalism of the highest order.

This is an exciting and important time to be a journalist, particularly within the public media landscape. The News Director at KCUR will drive the daily reporting with a perfect combination of energy and calm, creativity and consistency.

The ideal candidate for this role has superior organizational skills and high journalistic standards. He/she will be a strong collaborator, an outstanding manager of people and an unflappable leader in a busy newsroom environment.

Basic Function and Responsibility

Responsible for providing day-to-day execution of KCUR’s news strategy. This position reports directly to the Director of Journalism.

Characteristic Duties

    Coach, supervise and edit the work of reporters, newscasters, talk show teams and freelancers who provide content for broadcast and digital platforms.Work with director of journalism, peer editors and cross-departmental colleagues to build a content strategy that ensures KCUR is committed to delivering coverage that builds loyalty among existing audiences and grows new ones.Oversee staff scheduling, ensuring appropriate reporting and editing coverage.Work with peer editors to expand the diversity of voices included in KCUR’s journalism on all platforms.Participate in appropriate fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off. Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
    Five to seven years of experience working with a public media or news organization. Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, education or a related fieldProven news judgment and journalistic integrity.Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.Ability to plan, develop budgets and implement projects.Experience editing audio and digital stories and tailoring the story to the medium.Proficiency with Adobe Audition or other audio editing programs. Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with various personalities.Ability to multi-task and oversee diverse projects simultaneously in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment.Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
Full Time/Part Time

Salary range: $55,000 to $60,000, commensurate with experience.


Salary to be commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline

September 29, 2020

Application Instructions

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

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