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Editor, BPR News

Editor, BPR News

November 2023

  • Are you the person the rest of your team looks to with questions?  
  • Do you value local news and its importance in our communities?  
  • Are you a public records hound who enjoys going down the rabbit holes of public information?  
  • Do you love coaching other journalists to be better storytellers?  
  • Do you geek out on developing workflow systems and organizational structures? 
  • Are you looking for a leadership opportunity?  
  • Do you value diversity in sources and audience? 
  • Do you think work can also be fun? 
  • If you said yes to these, you should apply to BPR News.  

Blue Ridge Public (BPR) exists to provide Western North Carolinians with a deeper understanding of one another and the world, by being the essential, independent sources of news and cultural content.

As the most-listened to radio station in the exciting Asheville, NC market, BPR is the NPR affiliate for the region. BPR provides public media service through its digital platforms and two radio stations– BPR News and BPR Classic – across a 13-county region in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Blue Ridge Public Radio is actively working to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at all levels of its operations – internally and externally - and is committed to equitable policies and practices. We strongly encourage members of traditionally under-served and under-represented communities to apply to our open positions.

The editor will work closely with the BPR News Director to lead a team of five reporters/hosts. The editor will also work closely with the BPR’s Audience department to develop strong news distribution mechanisms.

Key job responsibilities:

  • Assign, budget and edit digital and audio stories.  
  • Coach reporters and hosts on story pitches and development. 
  • Provide editing support in breaking news coverage.  
  • Fill in for BPR News Director as needed and assume supervisory responsibilities as assigned. 
  • Ensure that all content complies with BPR’s editorial standards. 
  • Recruit and coordinate freelance contributors (photographers, data visualization experts, illustrators) 

Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Journalism or a related field and five (5) years of related experience with increasing responsibility in each successive position required.

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Two years of management experience. 
  • A familiarity with issues in North Carolina. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to adapt to changing priorities/conditions. 
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and meet deadlines.  
  • Demonstrated ability to manage colleagues effectively and collaboratively. 
  • Exceptional written communication skills. 
  • Exceptional audio production and audio editing skills. 
  • Creativity and initiative. 
  • Familiarity with the public media system. 
  • Multilingual candidates encouraged to apply. 

Location:

The position is location-based in or near Asheville, NC. Currently, staff members work two days per week remotely and three days in the Asheville offices.

Compensation and benefits:

Salary range: $68,000-78,000 annual based on experience.

In addition to salary, BPR offers a compensation package that includes the following benefits:

  • Employer Paid Health Insurance (BPR pays 80%, 20% pre-tax employee contribution)  
  • Access to Optional Group Vision and Dental coverage at employee cost  
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan Match up to 5% after 90 days   
  • Smart/Mobile Phone Stipend  
  • Short-Term Disability  
  • Long-Term Disability  
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance  
  • Long-Term Care Insurance  
  • 12 days Paid Vacation in Year One, 17 days in Years 2-5 and 20 days for Years 6+  
  • 10 days of Sick Leave per year  
  • 10 Paid Holidays per year  
  • Parking 

This job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice. 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Blue Ridge Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions at Blue Ridge Public Radio are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, family or parental status, national origin, age, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

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