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Supervising Editor, Standards and Practices

nationalpublicradioinc · 11 days ago
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A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – and our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide. 

Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success. We are committed to doing the right thing in our journalism and in every role at NPRThis means that integrity, adherence to our ethical standards, and compliance with legal obligations are fundamental responsibilities for every employee at NPR.

The Supervising Editor for Standards and Practices will be a passionate, experienced journalist who understands and values the need for regular, consistent application of standards and practices, and the need for a strong ethical approach to journalism. The Supervising Editor will be part of a team of standards and practices editors and work closely with the Managing Editor for Standards and Practices on the development & application of standards and practices across all of our platforms, in partnership with other content division leaders. The Supervising Editor will tackle many of the day to day ethical and reporting issues that arise throughout the news cycle, as part of the standards team that works with the content division to continue to evolve our guidelines, language and coverage practices to meet the times we are living in.

The scope of work that will be reviewed by this editor and the team will range from daily news content to long-form journalism, from social media posts to conversational podcasts to narrative podcasts and more; this means the editor should be comfortable working across different formats and platforms, where audiences differ, and understand how best to apply standards and practices given the particular context.

Two Supervising Editors will be hired for this role. 


  • Serve as one of the primary point people in the content division, and across the NPR network, on Standards & Practices questions. You will work with editors, reporters and producers across NPR’s many content platforms to respond to standards and practices questions on a daily basis. The breadth of content you will engage in will range from quick-turn breaking news stories to long-term investigative projects. 
  • Meet as required with journalism affinity groups to gather input on language considerations.
  • Working with content leaders, regularly review and update the NPR stylebook and ethics handbook as needs evolve.
  • Develop and maintain relations with NPR member stations newsrooms, and occasionally represent NPR to member stations or at events regarding journalism standards and ethics.
  • Proactively issue coverage guidance ahead of big news events.
  • Provide regular and constructive feedback and career development for performance evaluations.

The above duties and responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of required responsibilities, duties and skills. Other duties may be assigned, and this job description can be modified at any time.


  • 10 years of journalism experience delivering to multiple platforms, preferably at the national level.
  • 5 years of supervisory and managerial experience leading teams through major stories, and complex coverage areas.
  • Demonstrated excellence navigating the terrain of ethical questions that regularly arise regarding broadcast, digital content, podcasts and social media.
  • Ability to lead and collaborate in a highly matrixed organization.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.


  • Experience editing for audio.
  • Familiarity with NPR member stations and public media system.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent in work experience


  • On-site: This is an on-site role based in Washington, DC. The employee will be expected to be on-site at a frequency set by their manager. They will have some flexibility to work remotely on occasion, as agreed upon by their manager. 


  • This is a full time, exempt position.


Salary Range: The U.S. based anticipated salary range for this opportunity is $140,000 - $160,000 plus benefits. The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum salaries NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations.

Benefits: NPR offers access to comprehensive benefits for employees and dependents. Regular, full-time employees scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week are eligible to enroll in NPR’s benefits options. Benefits include access to health and wellness, paid time off, and financial well-being. Plan options include medical, dental, vision, life/ accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability, short-term disability, and voluntary retirement savings to all eligible NPR employees. 

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The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum salaries NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations.
NPR Pay Range
$140,000$160,000 USD

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