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Senior Editor - Business Desk

Job ID: 57762
Job Views: 114
Location: Washington, , United States
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Job Category: Online | New Media,Radio
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 11.08.2019

Job Description

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. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – and 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. 

NPR’s Business Desk is looking for a Senior Editor to help drive and manage news coverage. The candidate should have deep knowledge of business news, with an understanding of the economy, financial markets, media, consumer finance, workplace and technology. We are looking for a big picture thinker who has a passion for storytelling and crafting coverage strategy, an understanding of NPR's audience, and a sense of fun.

We expect this person to bring creativity, energy and sophistication to our business coverage, qualities that align with NPR's mission of providing original reporting, insightful analysis and high level explanatory journalism. The editor must have excellent news judgment, the ability to work under deadline pressure and work collaboratively with editors across the network.

The job includes preparation of on-air material as well as content for digital and social platforms. This editor oversees the editorial integrity and quality of content, monitors and evaluates staff performance. Under the direction of the Chief Business Editor, and in collaboration with other key news leaders, the Senior Editor will be involved in overall conception and vision of NPR’s business coverage on all platforms.

Our coverage is featured on NPR Newscast, Morning Edition, All Things Considered,, Up First, Here & Now among other platforms.


  • Generate story ideas and review story pitches.
  • Assign, develop and edit original stories from team members.
  • Help develop storytelling approaches and sources and determine the best platform for news coverage, including making suggestions for interviews and establishing contacts.
  • Coordinate coverage plan with shows, digital editors and other desks.
  • Protect the editorial integrity and quality of news online and on the air, ensuring that all stories meet NPR program standards and practices, including standards of fairness, objectivity and balance.
  • Provide feedback to supervisors for performance evaluations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university or equivalent required.


  • About 10 years of news reporting or editing. Business news experience preferred.
  • Strong familiarity with business topics, including, but not limited to: media, consumer finance, and workplace.
  • Considerable skill in both news and feature editing. Investigative editing, a plus.
  • Knowledge of audio production.
  • Experience in digital media, including editing stories.
  • Experience in editorial decision-making, including assigning reporters/correspondents.
  • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.

All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

The job is based in Washington, DC but will involve occasional travel. It will also require regular weekend work and being flexible with your schedule.

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.

NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive place to work that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public.  Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

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