[Job, US-DC-Washington] NPR, Correspondent/ Editor – Science Desk, $?, clos ? via @girlscientist

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Correspondent / Editor – Science Desk
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Correspondent/Editor – Science Desk

Job Location:?? US-DC-Washington Division:?? News & Information
Type:?? Temporary Full-Time Travel:?? 25-50%
Union:?? Yes


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. NPR listeners value information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility ??? our employees do too. 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.


This full-time Correspondent and Editor focuses on national and international research and policy in the basic sciences, particularly the physical and space sciences, on air and online. The Correspondent/Editor develops ideas/proposals for reports and program segments; responds to and reports on breaking news; initiates and develops short-term feature stories and in-depth enterprise reports; files news spots and blog posts; and prepares multimedia presentations. The Correspondent/Editor develops leads for enterprise stories and reports, and produces special projects for radio and online audiences.?? In the Editor role (25%), helps plan and coordinate NPR???s science, space, climate and energy coverage, including editing reports, programs and online materials submitted by staff and freelance correspondents, reporters and producers. Responsible for editorial integrity and quality of material; provides feedback to supervisors on performance of staff.?? This position is temporary and ends June 30, 2015 unless additional funding is available to continue the position.??

Essential Duties Include:
  • As both Correspondent and Editor, anticipates and responds swiftly to science news, and develops ideas/proposals for reports?? and features on basic scientific research in the US and abroad, federal policy, and the business of science and related topics.
  • Conceives, proposes, plans, and researches ideas for highly original stories and program segments.
  • Develops news sources and keeps associated files.
  • Participates in departmental planning for coverage, with sophisticated ideas about this beat.
  • Explores, new and creative ways to explore broad and important trends and themes within the beat.
  • In Editor role (25%) edits radio and web material to achieve the highest standards of clear and accurate content and artistic, technically excellent presentation.
    • Ensures radio and web stories produced by staff and freelance correspondents and reporters are absolutely accurate and grammatically correct, performing copy editing, fact-checking and research, as needed.
    • Edits stories so that there is a strong and seamless narrative flow.
    • Maintains highest-quality broadcast, text and multimedia standards.
    • Effectively coaches reporting and production staff.
    • Works with a minimum of supervision, even in complicated situations.
    • Anticipates and responds to most programming needs, breaking news and in-depth features.
  • Fulfills administrative obligations arising from assignments, such as filing prompt and accurate expense records and program information/summaries; maintaining contact with editors and appropriate producers; keeping editors and appropriate producers informed about assignments.
  • As Correspondent (75%),provides original coverage of??basic scientific research, with an emphasis on the physical and space sciences, science as a global enterprise, federal and international policy, and related topics for broadcast and for NPR.org.
  • Tracks ongoing flow of research across the broad range of basic sciences as well as developments at the policy level, and takes the lead in recommending specific stories and supplemental coverage ideas to radio programs and online venues.
  • Prepares stories for broadcast and/or online, using recorded audio interviews and visual materials, often on short news deadlines.
  • Uses social media, web based journalism and a broad range of multimedia to engage the audience and help build a community around NPR???s science coverage.??
  • Works in partnership with multimedia producers and digital production staff as necessary.
  • Prepares and presents reports in newsworthy, original, compelling, entertaining and provocative ways.
    • For audio, combines story telling techniques and the ability to write for the ear with the vocal performance skills to hold the listeners attention, and communicates information in a compelling way.
    • In the digital medium, uses appropriate and exceptional writing skills, together with a flexible and creative approach to presenting information using a variety of tools….
  • Undertakes enterprise reporting, including the generation of ideas and development of plans for such reporting for audio and online presentation.
  • ??


    ??Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent.



      • At least 10 years??? experience as a reporter and/or editor covering research in the basic sciences??
      • At least 10 years??? experience in a daily or weekly news organization.
      • Deep knowledge of the physical and/or space sciences, the nature of science as a global enterprise, and the intersections of research with??federal policy making, and??the business world
      • Demonstrated ability to write and present??for radio
      • Experience blogging, using social media, podcasting, and writing for the web
      • Demonstrated ability to recognize and respond swiftly to news
      • Demonstrated ability to produce original and compelling features
      • Familiarity with leading scientific journals and institutions both in the US and abroad.
      • Ability to analyze scientific data and explain developments and trends. ??
      • Thorough knowledge of news, feature and investigative reporting techniques.
      • Experience in news and feature editing.
      • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.
      • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
      • Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
      • Ability to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations.?? Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement may apply should you choose not t
        o accept a transfer.



        • Experience in all aspects of broadcast journalism within the public radio system ??? reporting, voicing, editing, and producing full radio pieces.
        • Experience in web based journalism

        Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. Please apply online through our career site at http://www.npr.org/about/careers/.


        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.??

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