Job Description: Senior Editor

This is a generic job description for a senior editor in a medium to large newsroom.


The Senior Editor works under the supervision of the News Director to help manage the day to day coverage of news. The Senior Editor has responsibility and understanding of news planning, reporting, editing and production, and supervises daily news assignments. The Senior Editor helps maintain ethical, editorial, artistic, and technical standards for radio news programs. Helps maintain news script and audio archives. Has role in helping manage news publication on website.


Planning, Scheduling, Editing: 60%

The Senior Editor works in association with the News Director to develop news story ideas, track issues and events, select reporters for coverage, schedule stories for air, and schedule time for interviewing, writing and editing.

The Senior Editor serves as a primary fact checker and script editor to insure news reports are produced in an effective, timely and responsible manner.

Reporting, Anchoring: 25%

The Senior Editor is part of the news team and contributes stories on a regular basis. The Senior Editor may be called upon to anchor newscasts, host talk programs, appear as a program guest, and produce various spots, features, special programs as assigned.

Substituting for News Director and Other Assorted Tasks: 15%

The Senior Editor performs the primary functions of the News Director during the director’s absence. These functions may include personnel management, budget management, editorial management, and other duties as assigned. The Senior Editor also maintains records, conducts correspondence and meetings, oversees upkeep of supplies and equipment, helps on station fundraising activities and other duties as assigned.


The Senior Editor adheres to deadlines and, in concert with appropriate staff, makes timely and effective decisions in situations requiring prompt attention. The Senior Editor works in close concert with and under the supervision of the News Director, assisting in identifying, developing and creating programs for broadcast both locally nationally.


Minimum three years full-time professional, progressively responsible experience in radio news. Familiarity with public radio news programming a must. Previous public radio experience desired. Successful candidate will possess broad knowledge of local, regional, national and international political, legislative, economic, scientific, arts and cultural affairs. Demonstrated ability to work within a live program environment. Demonstrated experience in broadcast production, writing, and editing also necessary. Must possess effective communication and interpersonal skills. Skills required also include on-line research, word processing, and operation of light office equipment. Must have excellent memory for details, be able to meet daily deadlines, often under stressful conditions, and deal effectively with a multiplicity of tasks simultaneously. A four-year degree or equivalent required.