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KALW hiring editor for The Spiritual Edge

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NPR's Robert Smith hangs out at KALW

The KALW News team is looking for an experienced radio journalism story editor to work on a special project called The Spiritual Edge (TSE), exploring the innovative American spirit through the lens of spirituality and religion. This initiative, launched in 2014, will be directed toward building a national audience and launching a podcast with stories coming from KALW reporters and from around the country.

The hire will edit long-form feature stories for TSE and some stories for KALW's nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, participate in weekly TSE editorial meetings, and write or otherwise help deliver TSE blog posts every other week. We are looking for motivated candidates invested in the project.

We deliver sonically rich, thought-provoking stories. We seek to represent reporters' authentic voices while maintaining the highest journalistic standards. We often employ cinematic elements, including natural sound from field recordings, archival audio and music to enhance storytelling.


This is an independent contract position for 20 hours a week, beginning July 1, 2016. The contract is for one year. Candidates must reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Job Requirements:

  • Experience editing feature-length audio stories (preferably for other radio shows, podcasts, and the like)

  • Competence using Google Drive

  • Solid interpersonal skills – our newsroom is diverse and fun and sometimes a little crazy

  • An editorial ear, i.e., an ear that can detect what’s boring or confusing, both in language and in sound

KALW has another open contract position for a story editor on Crosscurrents. We would consider combining the jobs for the right candidate.

KALW encourages a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We value diversity.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, clips or links, and references to KALWapplications@gmail.com. Application deadline is Thursday, April 28, 2016, 11:59 PT.

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Ben joined KALW in 2004. As Executive News Editor and then News Director, he helped the news department win numerous regional and national awards for long- and short-form journalism. He also helped teach hundreds of audio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.