Senior Editor, Editorial Review - Overnight

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 17

Position description

The Overnight Senior Editor, Editorial Review (aka The Backstop) will be part of a new team at NPR committed to providing additional editing support to our journalism and our journalists; to ensure that NPR maintains and solidifies its status as a trusted source of news and information for the American public. 

As part of a team, this editor will review journalistic work from across the Content Division as a final look before air or publication. The focus will be on ensuring excellence, fairness, accuracy and consistency of individual works and across platforms, recognizing that formats, story selection and story-telling techniques for different platforms will and should vary, in service of specific audiences. The team will also maximize existing editing, legal and standards and practices protocols and facilitate additional editing support for critical content. 

The ideal candidate is an experienced journalist and editor with wide-ranging editorial experience, including expertise across different platforms and subject matter. They must be deeply curious, open-minded and flexible; be skilled at editing in a large, complex media organization where the topics and journalists vary greatly and where the deadlines and volume of content can be intense. 

This position is an overnight Eastern Time shift, which is a critical time for NPR given that our flagship morning show Morning Edition airs starting at 5 a.m. ET. Two additional Senior Editors will be hired through a separate job posting. 

This role is an on-site role based in Washington, DC, or at NPR West in Culver City, California (if appropriate for the swing shift E.T. role). The editors will be required to work onsite at a frequency set by their manager. There will be some flexibility to work remotely on occasion with manager approval. 

This is a union represented role covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA.


  • Edit journalistic content for accuracy, fairness and consistency, as a final editorial review before air or publication. The level/kind of review will vary depending on the type of work it is, for what platform and the circumstances surrounding it; for example, is this a breaking news situation or a long-term enterprise story?
  • Determine what kind of additional editing may be needed for specific stories, depending on their complexity or subject matter, and depending on what kind of review has already been done by legal, standards and practices editors or others. 
  • Collaborate closely with the main editors for all content you’re reviewing, as well as with the show/platform leads for which this content will appear. 
  • With guidance from the Managing Editor or Deputy Managing Editors for Editorial Review, understand the expected content coming through for review on a day-to-day basis so as to effectively manage your workflow.
  • Work closely with the Managing Editors for News and Planning and the newsroom Deputy Managing Editors who are managing both coverage planning and breaking news coverage so that your work is integrated with theirs, and you can effectively work as partners. 
  • Work closely with the Managing Editor for Standards and Practices and other leaders to develop guidance on editorial matters and best practices for the division. 
  • Review and understand data provided by content analysts about the division’s collective body of work and the review team’s impact on it; act on the findings as appropriate.  

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.


  • At least 8 years of distinctive, original news reporting or editing experience on a national level.
  • Demonstrated experience editing on multiple platforms and a familiarity with the different audience needs of individual platforms.
  • Demonstrated excellence in editing breaking news, explanatory journalism and feature stories. 
  • Excellent communication skills and a track record of working on collaborative projects.
  • Proven experience in editorial decision-making.
  • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes, with changing priorities/conditions.
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
  • Demonstrated commitment to data analysis and its use in understanding the division’s work and in service of audiences. 
  • Deep understanding of NPR’s core values and public service mission.
  • Passion for connecting with diverse audiences on a range of platforms.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others.
  • Positive approach to embracing change.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, ability to get along with diverse personalities.
  • Ability to respect input but ultimately be confident enough to take decisive action and take responsibility for said action.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent in work experience


On-siteThis is an on-site role based in Washington, DC or at NPR West in Culver City, California. The editors will be required to work onsite at a frequency set by their manager. There will be some flexibility to work remotely on occasion with manager approval. 


This is a full time, exempt position.

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