JOB: NPR Editor/Producer (San Francisco, California)

Interactive Editor and Producer, Visual Arts

POSITION SUMMARY:              

KQED Arts is a community-supported television, radio and digital-media producer with a mission to change lives for the better, promote civic engagement and bring the arts to everyone. We do this by reporting on the people, ideas and emerging trends that define our rich artistic ecosystem and by helping our audience find the best shows and events the Bay Area has to offer.

 

KQED Arts is seeking an editor/producer/curator to focus on visual arts in the Bay Area. Working part-time, the visual arts editor is responsible for planning and developing online coverage of artists, events and trends, with a focus that ranges from from well-known artists to emerging talents. The winning candidate will have an eclectic range of interests and knowledge across the region’s diverse visual arts genres. As a curator, he or she will have well-honed instincts and opinions about visual arts that appeal to an audience eager to explore familiar and emerging visual arts genres.  The top candidate will also develop and expand a network of sources and correspondents to contribute to KQED’s Arts blog, The Do List, and other visual arts minded programming.  Familiarity with the local arts scene, shows, and events will be an important success factor of the job.

 

This is a part-time, staff position in San Francisco with generous health and retirement benefits.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

 

  • Plan and assign stories. Serve as in-house authority on visual arts.
  • Coordinate editorial assignments with Senior Editor, serving as a daily point of contact and providing quality assurance.
  • Keep up with new visual arts releases; find and develop new writers; assign reviews and features; conceive and pitch ideas for new projects.
  • Assign, develop and edit original Web stories from KQED staff and from contract talent.
  • Follow planning of KQED shows and Arts Desk closely and work with them to develop ideas for on-air stories and for adapting on-air coverage for online.
  • Report and write stories and blog posts. Appear on air to discuss visual arts artists, events and trends.
  • In the case of assignments to outside talent, manage contract negotiation and processing.
  • Edit and produce Web material.  Ensure accuracy and quality of writing and conformance with house style. Work with authors, refining and improving drafts or rejecting unsuitable submissions.
  • Contribute visual arts story ideas to the KQED Arts video and audio producers.
  • Working on deadline and under pressure, rewrite or adapt radio and TV pieces for print.
  • Write headlines, teasers and other display copy.
  • Produce stories and story elements using our publishing system and other digital tools.
  • Identify and edit photos. Create or select audio or video elements.
  • Determine needs for rights clearances and permissions for acquired material.  Acquire and file permissions and clearances.
  • Work with Digital Media team to develop and distribute content to third-party partners.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Strong knowledge of Bay Area visual arts culture including history and emerging trends.
  • Strong production experience in online visual arts journalism.
  • Strong curatorial instincts and comfort making visual arts recommendations.
  • Experience attending and covering shows and other visual arts events.
  • Experience managing content contributors.
  • Experience working with communities that reflect the Bay Area’s diversity.
  • Experience coordinating and conducting artist interviews.
  • At least five years’ experience in daily or weekly news (print or Web).  Solid, independent news judgment.
  • Expertise in daily coverage of arts news.  Demonstrated expertise in visual arts.
  • Experience working on a Web publication, using a content management system, image editing with PhotoShop, and familiarity with a variety of computer systems and software applications. Ability to adapt to changes in equipment, software and workflow.
  • Demonstrated excellence in editing, news writing, copy-editing and headline-writing.
  • Experience maintaining high journalistic ethics and standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness.
  • Experience planning coverage and making assignments to writers.
  • Experience with intellectual property issues involved in publications generally and Web publications in particular.
  • Strong oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to generate and execute complex creative ideas. Demonstrated ability to assimilate and organize large amounts of information.
  • Ability and willingness to work nights and/or weekends. Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure. Incumbent must be able to edit breaking stories for immediate posting.
  • This is a highly collaborative environment.  Successful candidates must have a demonstrated ability to work well with others and to remain calm under pressure.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please send:

  • A resume.
  • A cover letter detailing your strengths as an editor and your experience covering and/or participating in the arts.
  • Please do NOT contact KQED employees directly.

ABOUT KQED ARTS

KQED Arts is a community-supported television, radio and digital-media producer with a mission to change lives for the better, promote civic engagement and bring the arts to everyone. We do this by reporting on the people, ideas and emerging trends that define our rich artistic ecosystem and by helping our audience find the best shows and events the Bay Area has to offer. Here are some examples of recent videos from our on-air and online SPARK series: http://ww2.kqed.org/arts/series/culturecreatescommunity/

Send application materials to:

http://www.kqed.org/about/jobs/

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