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Post Date:Aug 01, 2017Type:Full time
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Location: United States - California - Windsor Job Reference:
Job Description:

We are at pivotal moment in how we view, discuss, and think about race and ethnicity in this country. Public media strives to tell stories that accurately reflect all segments of our communities.

Funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, each of the four participating stations (WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut, St. Louis Public Radio, KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri, and Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, OR) is hiring a reporter. In addition, St. Louis Public Radio is hiring an editor who will lead the team of reporters.

Focusing on race, ethnicity and culture, the journalists will look with fresh eyes at issues and concerns being raised by diverse — and passionate — voices throughout the country. We want to give voice to those who are overlooked.

We aim to cover a wider scope of issues than we currently do; hear from people who are often overlooked; and expand the impact of our reporting across a broader spectrum of communities.

The Editor Position:

It’s important that we find an editor who is highly organized, a good communicator, a skilled leader and sharp thinker. We want someone who is passionate about covering issues of race, ethnicity and diversity and who is dedicated to quality journalism. A background in radio is not necessary, but a passion for public radio-style storytelling and a commitment to the mission of public radio is essential. We will train those who haven’t worked in radio before. 

The editor’s job is multifaceted. It includes communicating with reporters and editing stories from conception to completion, ensuring the goals of the grant are met, managing regular communication with the four newsrooms, traveling regularly to the stations where the other reporters are based and organizing training sessions for reporters.

In your cover letter, please tell us how you will approach covering the intersection of race, identity and culture. What stories would you tell? How will that be different from what you’ve read or heard before?

Here are the qualifications for the Editor position:

Minimum five years of editing experience.

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, education or a related field required; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.

Excellent writing and editing skills, proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.

Ability to multitask and work on diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.

Demonstrated ability to act as a newsroom leader.

Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.

Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.

Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Three to five years experience as a reporter.

Experience managing staff who are working remotely.

Familiarity with cross-platform storytelling.

Familiarity with the variety of issues likely to come up in the region’s where the reporters are based.

Strong social media skills.

Some newsroom management or project management experience.

The Reporter Positions:

The ideal reporter candidate should be open to working on an innovative, experimental, and collaborative team. Radio experience isn’t necessary, but a passion for audio storytelling and the mission of public media is essential. Being a part of this reporting project will give you the opportunity to report on issues that are specific to the region and the nation. You’ll be able to file stories for NPR and to create multimedia stories.

Responsibilities:

Research, report, write radio and digital stories for the project and WNPR.

Communicate with the St. Louis-based editor and station news director on a daily basis.

Build sources, develop ideas and work with the editor on daily and long-form stories.

Serve as general assignment reporter for radio and digital storytelling.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

At least three years experience in a daily newsroom environment.

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field required; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for the job.

Excellent writing skills, proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.

Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.

Ability to work with editors, producers, and students in a team environment.

Familiarity with AP style and the ability to write excellent headlines.

If you are interested, please send a resume and a cover letter that inculudes 1) three relevant story ideas you would tackle if hired, and 2) what you think public media is missing in its coverage of race and diversity issues to eric@journalismnext.com . 




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Eric Wee
Windsor, CA
United States
Email: eric@journalismnext.com
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