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Bureau Managing Editor, North Macedonia

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Please quote vacancy number: BSSB071-2201


RFE/RL's Balkan service announces a selection process for a Bureau Managing Editor in North Macedonian's bureau in Skopje.

Managing Editor assists the Service Director in managing the daily operations of the Service and its bureau. Based in the bureau, s/he will oversee daily planning of the program, will have editorial responsibility for the content of the Service, incl. its video and digital production, and will supervise the content creators, and ensure that all its output, incl. news and features and related editorial content quality is of industry standard. Managing Editor will also participate in achieving RFE/RL goals and objectives in the assigned areas.

Working alongside editors on day-to-day production, Managing Editor will ensure service’s activities run according to schedule and finished products are of high quality, balanced, carefully edited, and ready for distribution. S/he will develop video and digital programming in correspondence with the Service’s strategic goals and targets and improve Service’s content production from the broadcast regions.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

MANAGEMENT:

  • Coordinates assignments and evaluates work of service staff as well as that of bureau employees and stringers. Trains new staff. Performs other related duties associated with day to day operational requirements, as required, incl. performance reviews and management of staff.
  • Takes the lead in creating a supportive environment, encouraging initiative, participation, and open communication within the team.
  • Participates as required as an RFE/RL’s journalist and producer in suitable to broadcast programs and the press.

EDITING:

  • Leads the daily editorial meetings with staff to elicit and identify coverage.
  • Coordinates planning with Prague, striving for efficiency in the use of journalistic resources and capacity.
  • Maintains RFE/RL's editorial standards of output on all platforms (e.g. radio, TV, online, SMS), ensuring quality and timeliness of all contributions.
  • Explores innovative angles for coverage, ensuring relevance to local audiences.
  • Develops/provides editorial guidance for and supervises the Service’s online input from the bureau.
  • Sets expectations for staff for best practice journalism. Monitors and gives guidance on work in progress, and gives immediate, fair, and constructive feedback to journalists and journalistic support staff. Holds regular evaluations of broadcasts.
  • Sets and enforces deadlines and contribution length.
  • Monitors the electronic and online media environment in the field of operation in order to ensure suitability of the Service's output to the local media culture; edits, or supervises the editing of, all content as relevant including multimedia.

JOURNALISM:

  • Initiates program ideas. Develops and produces original material and compiles and edits scripts from source materials and staff for regularly scheduled, complex programming.
  • May develop program line-up and ensures a balanced presentation.
  • Works with production staff to obtain best use of production techniques.
  • Routinely works on or directs the coverage of special events.
  • Explores innovative angles for coverage, ensuring relevance to local audiences.
  • May work as correspondent and reporter on assignment, determining focus of reports
  • May Conduct or assign interviews, participates in, leads, organizes on-air discussions.
  • Directs and monitors the Service’s multimedia content production in line with service content strategy to connect with target audiences.

OTHER:

  • S/he will also perform other duties as required for overall management of daily operations, such as statutory legal representation, performing signature rights (signing contracts), various approvals, incl. bank accounts payable approvals, timesheets, and similar.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION:

Education:

  • Combination of education and experience.
  • Journalism or related field – degree.

Work Experience:

  • Adequate journalistic experience, ideally in an international multimedia organization with TV and digital media background.
  • Proven production and management experience.

Competencies:

  • Considerable knowledge of journalistic practices and techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with conflict, and to work with and through others in a collaborative fashion.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team, and to motivate others towards the achievement of common goals, while managing limited resources in an efficient manner.
  • Demonstrating strong commitment to journalist integrity and objectivity.
  • Excellent writing and broadcasting skills in the native language.
  • Expertise in news journalism and demonstrated ability to manage ongoing news stories.
  • Thorough knowledge of the news needs in the broadcast area. Capable of assessing news reports from multiple news agencies and own sources.
  • Broad, thorough and detailed knowledge of political, economic, and social situations in the broadcast area as well as international affairs acquired through studies, research, writing, travel, or other relevant experience or exposure.

Languages:

  • Broadcast region language – Native;
  • English language, conversational proficiency is Mandatory.

Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.

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Salaries for employees in RFE/RL's broadcast regions are competitive, based on prevailing local conditions. Employee benefits in RFE/RL's broadcast regions are in accordance with the local labor law specific to the country.
Note: In response to changing operational requirements, RFE/RL retains the discretion not to make an appointment, or to modify the job specifications for a particular vacancy.


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