Community Communications (d/b/a WMFE), a dynamic and growing public media organization, is hiring a News Director/Managing Editor to lead a motivated group of journalists in a thriving news environment.
Our Organization provides news and information services across broadcast and digital platforms, including its two radio broadcast signals (WMFE/WMFV), social media, podcasts and the web. The broadcast service is available throughout the three metro counties of Orlando, as well as the outer areas of Central Florida which include Daytona Beach, Deland, the Space Coast, and The Villages.
We are looking for someone who can meet the pace and chaos of the news cycle with clear direction, and whose curiosity pushes them past the headlines. We care about why news happens and the people it impacts. We believe in independent, fact-based news that illuminates complex issues and holds power to account.
Are you a seasoned journalist, influential leader and experienced manager with a strong editorial vision? The Managing Editor will be instrumental in developing and implementing a newsroom strategy that ensures WMFE’s service connects audiences with the issues they care most about in their communities. The successful candidate will lead local news coverage across all platforms: radio and digital audio, web, social media, and occasionally, video. You’ll manage our team of talented and decorated journalists. You’ll also work in an environment that fosters collaboration.
This job requires good news judgment, the urgency of a quick-turn digital environment, editorial guidance and management skills — all in keeping with the highest standards of journalistic integrity. We expect the Managing Editor will become an editorial leader across the state and within the Public Media ecosystem.
What You’ll Do
Set the vision for newsroom coverage and strategy for how to achieve that aligns with the Organization’s mission
Manage and train professional reporters, editors and interns, and work with them to create and meet professional growth goals
Maintain excellence in coverage, enforce deadlines and always push for the best possible story
Supervise digital news content across platforms including podcasts, wmfe.org, editorial partnerships and other activities.
Support WMFE/WMFV’s community engagement efforts through occasional public appearances
Engage with social media as an editorial tool in collaboration with our Communications staff
Work with the Organization’s leadership team to maintain a unified digital presence for news and cultural information
What We’ll Do
Invest in your professional growth through individual direction and training
Keep you connected with our industry through conferences and professional associations.
Provide you an excellent benefits package that includes paid time off, health insurance and 401(k)
Invite you into a culture that is supportive, transparent, experimental and accountable
Minimum of five years of professional journalism experience
At least three years of news management experience
Impeccable journalistic integrity and editorial judgement
Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in both news coverage and the team you manage
Broad interest in news, investigative journalism, public policy, arts and culture
Experience/accomplishment in multimedia reporting
Knowledge of content management systems.
Demonstrated experience in planning and managing ambitious projects while maintaining an ambitious daily news cycle.
If this is you, send a cover letter, resume and three references to: HR@wmfe.org
Community Communications is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks diversity in its workplace and offers an excellent benefits package.