KPBS Science & Technology Reporter

Post Date:Nov 14, 2018Type:Full time
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Location: United States - San Diego Job Reference:
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KPBS Science & Technology Reporter



Req No. 2018-8227  Category Radio/TV/Multimedia  Type Full-Time Contract  Salary $23.54/hour  Dept/Proj Name KPBS  Close Date 11/28/2018



Reporting on the science and technology beat will involve taking complex concepts and rendering them into accessible and compelling stories. These stories will be carefully grounded in fact, but still be playful or moving as the subject matter requires. San Diego has a rich array of research institutions and biotechnology firms that play an important role in the region’s economy and quality of life, and they often make news of both local and global consequence.


Cultivating the beat is important, but all KPBS reporters will work outside their beats, or conversely team up on their beats, as the news merits.


The reporter will work at the direction of the Director of News & Editorial Strategy (DNES), under the supervision of the News Editor, and work in coordination with other members of the News Division. 


KPBS news beats are, but not exclusive to, arts & culture, border, education, environment, investigative, and military. The reporter will produce news stories that may cross beats at the assignment of the News Editor, and that can be distributed on KPBS radio, TV,, KPBS social networking and KPBS mobile. The news stories will be produced in formats such as, but not limited to, radio newscasts, in-depth radio features, TV packages, multimedia projects and special reports as assigned.


The reporter may be assigned to help fill in for other newsroom positions, such as anchoring newscasts or web producing, and appear as a guest or host on KPBS TV and radio programs. The reporter will produce local content and prepare final productions that can be distributed on all KPBS platforms.


The reporter is expected to participate in station on-air fundraising activities, and make appearances for KPBS community building events and other public relations activities.


This position is within the SAG-AFTRA bargaining unit.



  • News Reporting and Producing:
    • KPBS News Reporters have a bevy of options to employ when providing news content: spot news, feature reports, cut and copy, live debrief, tape talk, field packages, photos, video, audio, blog posts, and newscasts. The primary flow of work will be to start a story online, shoot video on the topic and edit it or work in partnership with a videographer for longer pieces as needed, and move the gathered content across all news platforms.
    • The reporter, at the direction of the DNES, will follow the KPBS Strategic Plan and Editorial Vision.  
    • The reporter researches topics, develops contacts and interviews sources, maintains notes and broadcast recordings, writes and edits reports, produces and voices reports for air, and works with a production unit to produce TV and multimedia productions.
    • Reports stories in appropriate forms for online and broadcast (live on-air, copy, actuality, cut & copy, voicer, wrap, feature, series, documentary, studio two-way, radio, TV, etc.)
    • Possesses excellent storytelling skills and high journalistic standards


  • Planning:
    • Reads and follows major developments on general stories, and especially on issues s/he has covered in the past
    • Maintains contact lists and files for on-going continuity of coverage and accumulation of knowledge
    • Brainstorms story ideas with reporters, supervisor and producers of television, public affairs, and digital


  • Other duties: attends meetings, represents the station at public events, and is responsible for appropriate record keeping, correspondence, phone calls, supplies and equipment and other duties as assigned. 


Minimum Knowledge and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work in journalism.
  • Demonstrated excellence in news judgment and ability to generate engaging story ideas.
  • Ability to think creatively about topics and story angles.
  • Knowledge and adherence to high ethical standards.
  • Ability to start stories online first.
  • Knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and AP Style.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, handle multiple stories at once, and shift gears quickly.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with editors and station colleagues, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at KPBS and within the public broadcasting system.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver's license and proof of insurance required.
  • Understand and follow posted work rules and procedures
  • Highly motivated self-starter.
  • Be able to work in breaking news situations.


Minimum Experience

  • Minimum two years professional, progressively responsible experience in journalism.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer






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Contact Information
Angie Dessens-Scholey
5250 Campanile Dr
San Diego, 92182
United States
Ph: 619 594-8180

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