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Digital and Social Media Editor - Elections 2020 - KCUR #75517


“Elections 2020: Listening to America” is a unique project that will provide resources for public media journalists across the country to create innovative content based on community engagement. One of the key resources in high demand is editing power. The project’s Digital and Social Media Editor will be a force in helping to build the strongest journalism possible at local, regional and national levels.  The daily work will range from offering guidance, making assignments and line editing, to creating powerful digital presentations at the highest standards. KCUR 89.3, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate, is leading the central team based in Kansas City. This Editor will be the key connecting piece with the project’s six or more collaborative partners across the country. For the right person, we’re open to a remote workplace. This project is funded by a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant.   


This editor will manage daily editorial production associated with the Elections 2020 project, with a primary focus on digital and social media.


  • Manage and communicate the Elections 2020 editorial strategy through effective communication with news directors/editors across the public media system. Edit project content to ensure the highest journalistic standards.  Establish these communication channels with the intention of building lasting capacity and connective tissue that will fuel future local engagement and collaborative journalism efforts across America.
  • Provide critical support and capacity (often editing) to overwhelmed local staffs while also elevating the entire system’s capabilities.
  • Create and advocate for visual reporting elements that involve data gathering and presentation tools that are audience-centric. For example, interactive maps, graphs, or other visualizations that can be adapted across multiple websites and stations.
  • Manage social media efforts across the collaboration through local guidance and collaborative execution.
  • Work with the Community Engagement Director to incorporate digital and social engagement practices into the work of collaboratives
  • Innovate in how Elections 2020 content is best presented to local, regional and national audiences.
  • Encourage the collaborative editorial leaders to reach out to podcast producers and nonprofit digital news sites to invite collaboration and participation.
  • Participate in appropriate fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or a related field required; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience; and at least three years of experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.


  • More than five years of editing experience in a media organization.  Experience in public media is a plus. 
  • Proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with various personalities.
  • Ability to multi-task and oversee diverse projects simultaneously in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
  • Experience collaborating with partners to create content.                         


This position reports directly to the Senior Editor-Elections 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience. This position is funded by a CPB grant. 


Review of applications will begin on Thursday, September 26, 2019. This position will remain open until filled. Apply online: www.umkc.edu/jobs


Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the UMKC Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.