The Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley is seeking an experienced Local News Editor to lead coverage for Berkeley Journalism’s two community news sites, Richmond Confidential and Oakland North. This editor will work closely with journalism students to produce a broad range of stories about issues of vital importance to Richmond and Oakland. This editor will manage the school’s news websites for these communities, help students develop investigative projects and serve as a mentor for our program to inspire the youth in these communities to careers in journalism.
We’re looking for a collaborative leader and gifted storyteller who is passionate about local news and excited about encouraging and empowering our incredibly diverse student body to dig into issues of vital importance to Richmond and Oakland. We seek an editor who not only can help our students deliver consistently compelling stories, but who has the ambition to help students identify subjects in both communities worthy of in-depth enterprise and investigative treatment.
The Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley is widely regarded as one of the top journalism programs in the United States. The School offers a two-year Masters of Journalism degree to an enrollment of about 120 students at a time. The school’s emphasis is on mastering a wide variety of techniques while learning the highest standards of responsible and enterprising journalism.
The Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) is dedicated to teaching and mentoring future generations of investigative reporters, particularly journalists of color and journalists from historically marginalized communities. Through its teaching-hospital model, and in partnership with leading news organizations, IRP students gain practical, real-world experience producing stories for the nation’s foremost print, online and broadcast outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, PBS Frontline and NPR.
Develop, assign and edit a wide range of local news stories for Richmond Confidential and Oakland North
Supervise teams of journalism students, inspiring them to learn new skills and do their best work
Train students to use reporting tools such as FOIA and databases to deepen their reporting
Ensure that all content complies with the Investigative Reporting Program’s high journalistic standards and rigor
Works collaboratively with other staff members at the Investigative Reporting Program and Berkeley Journalism to advance their mission to inspire the next generation of journalists.
Serve as a mentor and editor in our program to inspire youth to careers in journalism
Work collaboratively with the instructors in the fall introduction to reporting classes to manage the school’s two news websites and edit and publish student work
Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation and advanced skills to write clear, lively, engaging, compelling, effective, accurate and fair copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and the broader public.
Advanced knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.
Knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn, the campus, including its mission, goals, achievements, infrastructure, programs, and policies.
Advanced knowledge of issues around investigative reporting.
Knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and/or web production.
Advanced skill in taking initiative to creatively identify and pitch story ideas to senior management.
Advanced research and fact verification skills.
Advanced interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.
Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills.
Advanced project management, organizational and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills.
Skill to maintain absolute confidentiality.
At least 5 years of journalism experience
A proven track record in editing and reporting local news
A strong desire to work with emerging journalists and the ability to offer clear directions, editorial guidance and constructive feedback
Experience leading teams and/or managing people on projects with tight deadlines
Salary & Benefits
This is a monthly paid position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience.
This is a full-time, 1-year, contract position with the possibility for renewal.