Senior Editor, Silicon Valley News Desk

San Jose, CA 2019-07-11

Position Summary:     

The innovators and entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley are responsible for massive technological and social change. Change that has disrupted far more than the tech industry. The political and cultural upheaval we as a nation – and world – face at this moment can be traced back to the Internet revolution and mobile era. Meanwhile, the workers who are helping bring those changes about are driving battery-powered sports cars or are chartered to work in climate-controlled buses, every day passing by neighborhoods where immigrant families and long-time residents alike are being displaced because of the very wealth being generated here. For KQED News and our audience, the Senior Editor of the KQED Silicon Valley News Desk will want to expose the underpinnings of the current technological revolution, chronicling the trials of this age from the center of the revolution. The Senior Editor leads and supervises a reporting team responsible for covering the South Bay region for radio, television, web, mobile and social media. This Senior Editor also reports on Silicon Valley technology and culture. The SV News Desk is based in San Jose.

The editorial mission of KQED Silicon Valley News Desk coverage is twofold:

The SV News Desk covers relevant daily news that affects residents of Santa Clara County and the larger South Bay region.  This reporting includes major developments and trends in the region’s local governments, economies, work force, major institutions; and its diverse immigrant communities, cultures and people.

The SV News Desk reports on Silicon Valley’s technology developments as it impacts the society, culture, economies and infrastructures of the Bay Area, California, the U.S. and the world.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists the KQED senior editorial team in setting goals and direction for the SV News Desk team and implements editorial plans.
  • Supervises 2 or more regional news reporters.
  • Reports on technology across content platforms.
  • Edits feature reporting for radio and/or digital content.  Reviews news scripts, edited audio and video news content, blog posts, photographs, videos and databases.
  • Assists in managing the Desk’s enterprise and feature lists, which includes collaboration with other KQED news teams that take on South Bay-based and/or technology stories.
  • Develops reporting partnerships with other news organizations that share KQED’s editorial mission.

Non-Essential Functions:        

  • On occasion, fills in for other editors.
  • Develop intern program for the SV News Desk.
  • Represents KQED at events.
  • Coordinate office logistics with the San Jose office’s administrative team.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Credentials/Education Required:

  • Ten years of experience in news reporting and editing required. 
  • Minimum of six years of editorial desk leadership experience preferred. 
  • Radio and online production experiences preferred. 
  • B.A. degree in journalism, broadcast, mass communications or comparable media curriculum a plus

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Experienced newsroom leader.
  • Managed news desk or news operation that involved assignment of stories to reporters and editing of final product.
  • Reporting on technology and culture.
  • Excellent news judgment.
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage briskly paced, multi-platform news operation.
  • Excellent news writer and editor.
  • Familiarity with audio production and experience with editing audio features.
  • Familiarity with web and social media publishing.
  • Thorough knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics and standards.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with both veteran and new reporters, editors and producers.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressures.
  • Knowledge/Experience Desired:
  • Working knowledge of the Santa Clara County/Silicon Valley region.
  • Ability to edit multimedia content.
  • Familiarity with video content.
  • Familiarity with a range of significant regional and state-wide public affairs issues and subjects such as government and politics, the economy, education, health, immigration, legal affairs and the environment.
  • Experience working in a demographically diverse news environment.
  • Language skills are a plus.

Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering 20 days of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) with employer match. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.      
Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.      
We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services

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