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Assistant Digital Editor

KUT Radio

Location: Austin, TX

Contact Name: Ivy Harvey

Job Description

The Assistant Digital Editor will support the newsroom by leading the process of creating stories on multiple platforms and deepening our connection with the communities we serve now, as well as emerging audiences. A team player comfortable making quick decisions, the Assistant Digital Editor is responsible for proactively handling breaking news during the morning shift, assigning stories, editing web content and updating the homepage regularly.

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Job Details:

Responsibilities

  • Works collaboratively with the morning newscast team to ensure comprehensive and diverse news coverage on all of KUT's platforms.

  • Edits digital content with adherence to KUT standards of accuracy, fairness, and balance. Actively incorporates diverse perspectives and voices into the editorial process.

  • Workshops headlines for accuracy and SEO.

  • Actively participates in news meetings by showing up with story ideas and suggestions for coverage with an audience-centric perspective. Identifies blind spots in our coverage and suggests ways to mitigate them.

  • Monitors wires, Twitter and other outlets for breaking news. Assigns stories and writes posts as needed.

  • Updates the homepage and other digital platforms regularly with fresh content.

  • Pulls stories from NPR, The Associated Press and other Texas member stations for use on KUT's website and social media channels.

  • Works with digital editor to coach reporters on writing, storytelling and digital skills. Helps to develop staff and assist in career growth.

  • Helps edit audio content as needed.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in journalism or related field.  5+ years of professional experience producing content for a news website.  Ability to work independently during off hours with little supervision. Strong verbal, writing, editing and online production skills.  Excellent attention to detail with the ability to work well under pressure.  Solid news judgment.  Knowledge of AP style. Familiarity with content management systems. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

7+ years of professional experience producing content for a news website. Experience in a public radio newsroom.  Experience producing and editing newsletters.  Experience producing and editing photos, video and audio elements. Experience gathering and analyzing analytics.  Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere and Audition).  Spanish language skills.

Salary Range

$55,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

Standard office conditions.

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

  • 3 links to published stories crafted or edited by the candidate. If samples are not available, include a letter explaining why.

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

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Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

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Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

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Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

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E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

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Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.