Julia Mc Evoy

Julia Mc Evoy

Work History

Work History
Aug 2010 - Present

Senior Editor, News

KQED

As Senior Editor of News I work with the station's news production team to bring vital news of the region to KQED's audience on multiple platforms.  This includes in-depth reporting on education, immigration, wealth and poverty, urban planning, science and environment, as well as criminal justice issues.

In overseeing daily coverage of breaking news, and in-depth series, I must track daily goals as well as coordinate long-range projects.  I'm working closely  with staff from KQED's multiple programming verticals in the sciences, health, education, and the environment.  I also collaborate  the directors of KQED's television news show, online and mobile platforms and events departments.  I also develop and help manage partnerships with organizations outside KQED such as the Center for Investigative Reporting and local community journalism publications.

This effectively is managing a culture of change within the organization, which calls upon my strong managerial and team leadership qualities. As a team leader it is essential I possess strong leadership, organizational and teamwork skills, in addition to writing, editing and story-telling skills.   I'm forging a collaborative yet efficient structure within an organization of highly talented and creative producers and reporters.  Together we are committed to public broadcasting's role in strengthening democracy through educating the public on the important issues of our time, as well as effective story-telling that creates an emotional bond with our audiences.

Editorial duties involve setting news agenda, overseeing as well as writing content and copy, working collaboratively across platforms with highly talented staff with multiple demands, coordinating internship programs, supervising performance evaluations, planning and executing training schedules and professional advancement opportunities for staff. All that necessitates thorough understanding of budgeting for the news operation and of the AFTRA union contract.

I also work with the PBS Newshour's News Labs for students in Oakland, mentoring students in video production and story telling.

Feb 2006 - Jun 2010

Senior Editor

Chicago Public Radio

As Senior Desk Editor I developed, edited, produced and managed education and urban affairs coverage for daily newscasts and news magazine programs, as well as supervised long-term, in-depth broadcast and web-based series examining issues of concern to the Chicagoland region.  This involved supervising and editing a  team of news reporters and producers, overseeing content, factual accuracy, strong story-telling, ethical standards inherent in reporting work for broadcast and web dissemination.

On a daily basis I assigned and edited spot and feature work for broadcast and web distribution.  This included determining what elements of a story are best for radio and for web content or exclusive web extras. 

I was part of a five-person editorial team supervising WBEZ's local and regional coverage.  I worked to hand off spots and features to feed our 22 daily newscasts as well as our 2 daily news magazine programs.

I supervised 6 reporters directly.  I filled in as weekend on call and evening editor on a rotating basis.

I forged new multi-media collaborations with our sister station/website called Vocalo, as well as a planned mentorship program  to train local ethnic media reporters in blogging for the web. I also coordinated a relationship with student journalists from Northwestern's Medill graduate school of journalism, guiding them toward broadcast quality feature production for our shows.

Our entire news organization went through a reorganization effort when I was there.  I was part of the team that hired our managing editor and I was an integral part of the restructuring that broke down silo's within the organization and created a singular mission where shows shared content both on the air and on line.

Feb 2001 - Feb 2006

Executive Producer

Chicago Public Radio

This executive producer position was a new challenge for me from the reporting and editing work I'd been doing. I was developing, editing, producing and managing an award-winning public affairs series called Chicago Matters. The annual series tackled topics of education funding, immigration, race, health care, sex, and juvenile justice--good, meaty stuff. Running the multi-media series involved working in collaboration with public television, city libraries and an investigative print magazine. The series spawned spin offs in Montreal, Canada and at North Carolina public radio. The position demanded researching, grant-writing, developing metrics for measurement of audience impact, writing of final grant reports, meeting with the funder's executive director from The Chicago Community Trust,  as well as overseeing the budget and concentration in content management: editing both features and documentaries as well as coordinating marketing, community outreach and cross promotion for the series. It was at this time that I founded the Ear to the Ground mentorship program, a radio journalism training project bringing community contributors into the newsroom to tell stories about their communities.

Under my editorial direction Chicago Matters received numerous awards including the following.

2007 Casey Journalism Medal for Coverage of Children and Families. Valuing Education

2007 Murrow for best news series. Valuing Education.

2005 Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards Radio-Television News Directors Association for best news series: Chicago Matters: Our Next Generation2005 Public Radio News Director's Competition for Best Series: Chicago Matters: Our Next Generation2003 RTNDA Murrow award best documentary Speaking of Sex: Spirit and Body Willing2002 George Foster Peabody Award: Chicago Matters: Stories of Home

1997 - 2001

Documentary Producer

Chicago Public Radio

Produced half-hour documentaries for regional and national distribution

From the Ashes, chronicles the rebuilding of the West Side of Chicago 30 years after the King riots. Won the Public Radio News Director Award, 1999. Chameleon Days, discusses the pressures facing Latino immigrant students in the suburbs. Won 2001 PRNDI award. Starting From Zero immigration documentary on becoming a US citizen airs on NPR's All Things Considered.Taking Heart in the Heartland, explores partnerships between suburban mega and inner city churches.Living in the Toxic Donut, an expose of environmental racism.The Rosenfeld Building is memories of life inside one of the first housing projects in the country. Seeking the Cure looks at world of Alternative Health.

Skills

Skills

Story-telling

I bring my talents as a creative story-teller, documentarian and features reporter to both my own reporting work and to my editorial work. I collaborate with reporters on conceptualizing the story before reporting begins, working through material to craft the best narrative approach, and rigorously fact check all materials for accuracy and fairness to maintain trust with our audiences.

Digital Audio Editing

Proficient in multiple digital audio editing systems such as ProTools, Audacity, Dalet, Audition, etc.

Simple CMS, DALET, Word Press

Working in content management systems involved in delivery of news audio, text and photos online and for broadcast.

Spanish

French

Education

Education
1985 - 1986

graduate study

Centre des Etudes Pour La Science et Technique de L'Information--Dakar

Rotary International Scholarship allowed me to study and also cook up my own independent television production company. 

Sep 1978 - Jun 1982

BA Journalism and French

UW-Madison