General Assignment Editor,

Posted On: April 27, 2011

Journalism Job

Media Organization: WNYC

Company Description

About New York Public Radio:
New York Public Radio is home to three of the country’s leading public radio stations* — WNYC 93.9 FM, WNYC AM 820 and WQXR 105.9 FM — as well as The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. WNYC is a major producer of original content for public radio nationwide. Five WNYC programs — Radio Lab, On the Media, Studio 360, The Brian Lehrer Show, and Radio Rookies, its youth journalism program serving teens in all five boroughs — have been recognized with George Foster Peabody Awards, the highest honor in broadcasting journalism. Our news department and shows have received many other journalism and broadcasting awards over the years as well. The organization was recognized by The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists with an American Scene Award for its diversity and inclusion in programming and employment.
WQXR is New York City’s only all-classical music station. And The Greene Space is a street-front broadcast studio and live venue where audiences can experience our programming in person and online. New York Public Radio’s online platforms include, and With an urban vibrancy and a global perspective, we are becoming the centerpiece of a community of more than 5 million each week, reaching radio, web and studio audiences in New York, across the country and around the world. On any given day we bring our listeners a unique and thought-provoking array of news, current affairs, contemporary and classical music, cultural programming, live events and more — with a depth, variety and caliber that they can’t get anywhere else. * measured by audience size Source: Arbitron, Inc.

Job Description

The General Assignment Editor, at the direction of the Managing Editor, supports the strategic content goals for the WNYC Web site, developing and curating content with a focus on local, regional and national news presented with a New York perspective and highlighting topics that are driving the daily “New York Conversation.”

S/he coordinates activities with the WNYC newsroom and WNYC-produced local and national shows, continues the evolution, development and placement of coverage online, executes the goal for diverse voices and perspectives on the site and works as part of a talented editorial team on the daily execution of online content.

The General Assignment Editor is responsible for delivering content that is viable, sustainable and meets the mission and goals of WNYC and the promise to readers and listeners. S/he will be part of the effort to make Web coverage a necessary and transformative daily experience as part of the most inclusive gathering place in news media.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Manage's daily updates, including overseeing the creation of original web content, text editing and programming content for the WNYC site, including articles, blog posts and other content
• Work with WNYC staff and hosts to create online buildouts for on-air features
• Develop web-exclusive content including web-exclusive stories, tools and polls
• Help to define and grow the audience
• Maintain awareness of industry trends and competitive landscape, including design, content, user interface, social media, information architecture of public broadcasting and other media and news and information Web sites
• Comply with all New York Public Radio and department policies and guidelines
• This position requires use of a computer, telephone and other office and/or broadcast equipment; ability to communicate effectively through a variety of methods
• Ability to work extended hours as needed, including some evenings and weekends, and may be required to be on-call at times
• Other duties as assigned


• Bachelor's degree required
• Minimum of 5 years print or online broadcast Journalism experience required
• 3 plus years experience in Internet/New Media production preferred
• News writing, reporting and copy editing, required
• Impeccable journalistic integrity and editorial judgment, required
• Ability to develop a comprehensive vision and lead others toward it, required
• Strong web production skills: including HTML and familiarity with digital content management systems, required
• Graphics Production, Image Optimization, required
• Familiarity with Internet production software: Photoshop, etc., required
• Interactive Media production: Flash, Audio, Streaming Media, preferred
• Willingness and ability to learn new skills and concepts as necessary, preferred
• Proven ability to meet deadlines, ability to pay attention to detail, required
• Ability to manage several projects concurrently, build timelines, produce task lists and write technical requirements, required
• Excellent communication skills—both oral and written—with an impressive reputation for building and maintaining relationships with people at all levels of an organization, across a diverse range of cultural, generational, ethnic, racial, educational and social backgrounds
• Requires the intellectual and emotional depth, maturity, self-confidence and interpersonal skills to work effectively and/or interact with other digital media staff, executives at New York Public Radio and colleagues

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

To Apply

To Apply:

Please apply through New York Public Radio’s online application portal Submit cover letter with salary requirements and resume.

New York Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites and encourages qualified applicants from all walks of life.