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Arts & Culture Editor

Posted 
June 25, 2019

Overview

This role is expected to help lead and grow the advancement of Crosscut’s Arts & Culture section and strategies. CPM aims to foster a culture of collaboration and innovation in pursuit of reaching a broad and diverse audience, and creating a bright future for public media in our increasingly digital world.

The Editor is a highly-organized leading voice within the Crosscut newsroom; responsible for influencing the general philosophy and tone of the group with specific oversight on his/her dedicated section/team. 

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES 

I.  Lead

  1. Working alongside the Executive and Managing Editors, help to influence the overall growth of the Crosscut newsroom success and audience strategies for our nonprofit public media newsroom
  2. Directly responsible for managing Crosscut team of Arts & Culture section; reporter, writer, video producer and independent contractors
  3. Manages an annual budget for the Arts & Culture section, responsible for projecting story production costs and ensuring operational efficiencies when approving new projects
  4. Serves as a champion for Seattle and Washington state’s rich arts and culture scene and ardent community; pushes for compelling story coverage of unique issues and helps Crosscut seize onto related content, partner and community opportunities
  5. Provides for an additional strong presence in the newsroom; contributing to newsroom leadership influence, ensuring overall quality of final stories, backing up other senior editors and copy chief with editing responsibilities

II. Audience Impact

  1. Assign and edit news stories from staff and freelance writers, ensuring that their reporting meets journalistic and organizational standards for fairness, thoroughness and quality
  2. Collaborate with Crosscut photographers, videographers and web developers in the newsroom to create stories that are visually compelling and incorporate a range of media
  3. Plan and closely interface with internal Audience Engagement team to amplify and engage with Crosscut’s growing digital audiences ahead of timed Arts & Culture story releases
  4. Serve as a formidable presence on innovative content projects that require a steady and proven presence as the necessary anchor in order to achieve success

III. Represent

  1. Serve as a Cascade Public Media thought-leader and representative at community and partner events, industry gatherings and in other formal settings
  2. Develop a network of contacts in the community that can help identify compelling issues that are not currently being adequately covered by other media outlets
  3. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, journalism, communications, new media, business or a related field or equivalent experience required
  2. At least six years of experience as a writer or editor in a deadline-oriented environment; arts and culture-related preferred
  3. At least four years of experience managing editorial staffers; arts and culture-related preferred
  4. Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; significant experience organizing and managing multiple priorities, and in developing and managing projects
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills for building and fostering key internal and external relationships, as well as the ability to mentor less experienced employees
  7. Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment
  8. Deep understanding of journalism ethics and practices, with nonprofit or public media experience preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid Washington State driver license
  2. Ability to work a varied schedule, including evening, weekends and some holidays required
  3. Ability to regularly type on a keyboard
  4. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background

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Our Diversity Commitment

We are committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background. Read our complete diversity commitment statement here.