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Kansas News Service News Editor


The Opportunity

KCUR 89.3 is seeking a news editor to join the Kansas News Service, a reporting collaboration of public media stations throughout Kansas. This is a chance to work with reporters on a range of statewide stories in an organization that’s becoming increasingly important in the Kansas news universe.

We seek an editor who is passionate about diving deep into issues and working collaboratively with talented reporters producing top-notch journalism. Our reportage aims to resonate with ordinary Kansans and influence public debate on health, government, politics, the Legislature, education, energy and the environment.

The editor is responsible for driving ambitious daily coverage across all of our platforms – radio, digital, social media and possibly through podcasts – and should be comfortable working quickly on the news of the day. In concert with the managing editor, you’ll assign daily stories on a range of topics and, when time allows, pursue your own reporting or lead the editing on special projects.

The ability to work cooperatively with the managing editor, reporters and news directors across the collaborative defines the position. You’ll find the reporters eager to learn and to share their expertise on the issues that matter in Kansas. While the Kansas News Service aims to be nimble in producing breaking news, the emphasis is on enterprising stories that would otherwise go uncovered – or that other news organizations would tackle with less analysis. The editor should possess a keen understanding of what makes public media journalism special, but also have ambitions to help drive public media forward.

Characteristic Duties

  • Ensures the smooth production and delivery of content to partners across the Kansas News Service regional journalism collaborative. The news editor’s work focuses primarily on spot radio stories, but will sometimes include the assigning and editing of digital stories, the occasional feature and possibly a podcast.
  • Assigns and edits stories for radio and web, and may bring in other partner station individuals for specific edits or story assignments.
  • Ensures that stories – audio and digital – are filed properly by reporters, and that stations are able to retrieve content efficiently.
  • Generates and approves daily story ideas focused on the social determinants of health in its many interpretations in Kansas.
  • Ensures an efficient approach to news gathering and reporting that produces in-depth coverage of distinction, including breaking news situations.
  • Leads daily news budget calls with partner news directors.
  • Attends KCUR daily news meetings and a weekly meeting with the station’s editorial leadership to create an integrated approach to the team’s work.
  • Edits and works with reporters in the KCUR newsroom as needed.
  • Coordinates coverage among related partners at other public media stations and news outlets.
  • Reports for radio and web as needed.
  • Serves as a resource for talk shows, including identifying sources and opportunities for additional coverage, conducting two-ways and interviews, and appearing as a guest.
  • Oversees the work of interns at times.
  • Participates in assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and at leas 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in journalism, communications, education or a related field.
  • Three years of management experience or daily reporting experience in a public media or news organization.
  • Experience in successfully managing content collaborations.
  • Excellent writing skills, proven news judgment, and journalistic integrity.
  • Ability to work on diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Experience in operating a variety of broadcast equipment including digital editing systems (e.g. Adobe Audition), field recording units, and other production equipment. Demonstrated ability as a newsroom leader.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.


This position reports to the Managing Editor of Kansas News Service.


Salary starts at $47,476 - $58,000. This is a full-time position.

How to Apply

Application deadline is Jan. 24, 2021. Apply online here.
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Equal Employment Opportunity

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 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.