NBC News Digital adding new roles

NBC News Digital has announced it will be hiring people to work on its increasingly popular digital platforms.

The jobs include eight “regional” reporters, including two national reporters, one national policitics reporter, a reporter for NBCBLK and a data reporter. In addition, three new editors will be added for news and politics.

18 positions are also opening for NBC News Now, the network’s live streaming service, as it expands its hours.

MSNBC is also planning on launching a “daily reading habit” on its website later this fall and the network is looking for two editors who will produce the content and shape the development of the new feature.

There are will also been seven roles for product management and engineering, as well as two new positions on the “” team.

All told, this will be about 45 new positions.

Below is the full text of a memo sent to staffers by Chris Berend, executive vice president for digital.

Good morning,

I want to share some exciting staffing updates that will strengthen and diversify our teams and position to lead in the months ahead. These investments come at a historic time—despite extraordinary challenges our journalism has never been stronger, our audience is nearly double its size from one year ago, and our streaming efforts are drawing tens of millions of new connected consumers. That said, we have some urgent opportunities to tackle. Chief among them is making tangible and consistent progress toward further diversifying our organization, our coverage and our audiences.

I’m confident the dozens of new roles we’re highlighting today will set us down that path and more. It is incredibly important that we fill these jobs with talented people who can help us better serve our audiences and foster the inclusive workplace we are committed to. I strongly encourage you to share these additions to our team with anyone who you think can make us stronger in that regard, and to raise your hand if any of these roles interest you.

These jobs have begun to post to the NBCU Careers site and NBCNewsDigitalJobs.com this morning and will continue to populate over the coming days:

Regional Reporting: As part of the 50% Challenge and Diversity Action Plan that Cesar announced a few weeks ago, we are adding eight new positions to our outstanding regional reporting team. These additions include two national reporters, a national politics reporter, an NBCBLK reporter and a data reporter. We are also adding three new editors in news and politics to expand the lens through which we debate, assign and deliver our reporting. All of these positions will be located outside our bases of NYC, and Washington, D.C., and we are especially interested in hearing from candidates in the Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and Northwest.

NBC News Now: As we announced at the beginning of the year, we are expanding our live hours of News Now during the day to meet overwhelming consumer demand for the service. We have opened eighteen positions to support those extra hours at all levels from production assistant to executive producer, based here in NYC. We are about to enter an exciting new phase of growth for News Now, both in programming and distribution, and these new team members will be key to supporting it.

Product and Technology: We have an opportunity to lead in mobile and personalized news experiences and continued investment in product and technology will be critical. In the immediate, we have opened up seven roles in product management and software engineering to continue optimizing our current product suite. Soon, we will make an additional push to expedite our progress in mobile. Many of these jobs are geographically flexible to help us attract the best talent to make our organization stronger.

MSNBC: We are introducing a daily reading habit to the MSNBC digital experience, beginning this fall. We will share more details on the effort soon. Meanwhile, we are hiring two editors to join a team dedicated to building, launching and growing that experience.

TODAY: Our TODAY All Day team is off to a tremendous start, quickly building audience with some exceptional and creative programming. We will support their hard work with an additional two support staff, based here in New York. This is on the heels of expanded leadership roles announced last week for four outstanding TODAY digital colleagues to support All Day’s growth and expand our audience and aperture for TODAY.com.

I’m excited to dig in with you and continue the momentum this team has worked so incredibly hard to build over the past several months. Thank you for all you do.

Chris