Senior Editor (Multimedia Journalist)

Job Description

The Senior Editor is a professional journalist who ensures adherence to journalistic guidelines and practices and the department’s performance using these principles as guidelines.

The primary duty of the Senior Editor is to edit daily and feature stories for balance, clarity, accuracy, and adherence to Associated Press style rules.

As one of WFIU/WTIU’s editors, you’ll mentor a diverse team of talented reporters as they develop their beats and master the finer skills of radio, television, and digital journalism. We’re interested in someone who can be a coach and advocate for our reporters – and a key decision maker among newsroom leadership. This position is a key liaison between the news bureau chief and the daily newsroom workflow. This position meets with the news bureau chief weekly to report on processes that are working or not working in the newsroom.

Department-Specific Responsibilities

Edits stories for daily broadcast and publication online.
Ensures stories are accurate, written conversationally, balanced, and fair.
Ensures meaningful content is delivered to the audience by coordinating with journalists and senior staff.
Works with other journalists to make sure stories are timely and completed on deadline.
Communicates expectations to journalists and ensures all content meets the highest journalistic standards.
Responsible for the daily flow of news.
Recognizes when something is ‘news’, assign that to a journalist or do it him/herself if no one else is available.
Runs the daily story pitch meeting and makes reporter assignments.
Trains, supervises, and evaluates WFIU/WTIU, journalist. This position has specific oversight over the multi-media journalists in the newsroom who are producing spot news and feature stories.
Instructs in the use of audio, video and Internet material, proper public broadcasting journalistic practices, reporting, production, and sometimes on-air presentation.
Edits daily stories for accuracy, clarity and context.
Works with reporters to develop enterprising story ideas that go beyond the day’s news.
Regularly work with the Senior News Producer to ensure stories match with the needs of various WFIU/WTIU News programs.
Responsible for editing complex stories that contain multiple viewpoints.
Serves as a newsroom leader, including participating in key coverage decisions, workflow strategies and long-term planning.
Serves as a station ambassador, participating in community engagement events and striving to build relationships with undeserved communities.
Fosters a positive workplace culture.

General Responsibilities

Creates stories for multiple media platforms, including radio, television, podcast, and online productions, that meet production standards and deadlines.
Independently seeks out news focuses, researches information, interprets conflicting data, pitches ideas, writes in-depth articles, and prepares related program materials and segments for broadcast; research may involve time spent in the field conducting interviews.
Ensures all materials produced are engaging and meet professional journalistic standards and practices, including standards for accuracy, ethics, fairness, objectivity, and balance.
Serves as a consultant to Indiana Public Broadcasting stations and coordinates with stations to provide contributions to national and regional networks; manages partnerships with news organizations to ensure news coverage is representative of all parts of Indiana.
May manage social media content and activity.
May provide guidance to lower-level Multimedia Journalists.

Required Skills

Proficient communication skills
Maintains a high degree of professionalism
Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
Highly thorough and dependable
Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure

Work experience – required: 2 years in related field

Education Required

Bachelor’s degree in broadcast media, journalism, liberal arts, or related field


For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:

Multiple plan options for medical insurance
Dental insurance
Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
Additional supplemental retirement plan options
Tuition benefit for IU classes
10 paid holidays per year
Generous Paid Time Off
Paid Parental Leave
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

How to Apply

If interested, please apply at JO ID: 309921

Indiana University Radio & Television Services

Bloomington, Indiana

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