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Reporter II or Senior Reporter (Investigative), SCPR

Post Date:Jul 17, 2019Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - California - Pasadena Job Reference:109-20
Job Description:

We are filling two vacancies for this position.

Who We Are:

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media network whose mission is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service on air at 89.3 KPCC, online at and through KPCC In Person. Since our founding in 1999, SCPR has been a fast growing, innovative, multi-platform public service newsroom. Every day, our staff helps audiences catch up on the latest headlines, solve the complexities of life in Southern California, and connect curious communities to one another.

Your Role:

How does who you are and where you live affect what kind of justice you get in Southern California? How do public institutions and private businesses fall short when it comes to protecting our city, its people, and our environment?

We're looking for two new investigative reporters eager to help answer these questions and tackle other critical issues facing the region. 

We are looking for reporters who embrace collaboration but can hunker down on their own stories. We seek out creative ways of reporting on the pressing issues facing a sprawling, multifaceted region of millions. They will work closely with our growing investigative team at KPCC, the leading NPR station in L.A., and our website And, like all of our reporters, they will be expected to build engagement into their reporting process, actively listening to our current and future audiences for story ideas, reporting leads and community expertise. 

We expect these reporters to shine light on stories that we will want to highlight across our distribution channels, from LAist and KPCC to social media, live events and potentially podcasts. They will be expected to file compelling feature and spot-length stories for KPCC and to join our radio hosts for interviews. They will also be responsible for filing smart and clear digital stories for LAist and potential partners.

We have promised our Southern California audience great local news. We're looking for reporters willing to help deliver on that mission.

Application deadline: August 16, 2019 (10pm PST).

If audio samples are available, please provide link in your cover letter.

This position will be either a Reporter II OR Senior Reporter-level position depending upon the most qualified candidate's experience.  The Senior Reporter is a higher-level position that varies from the Reporter II level to include the following attributes in addition to those outlined under "Position Responsibility":

  • Ability to take complex, detailed information and summarize into a condensed easy to understand format
  • Mastery of recording and production equipment and techniques

Position Responsibilities:

  • Originate, research, write and produce content for multiple platforms.
  • Cultivate sources, identify important trends in local news, collect and verify information through a variety of channels.
  • Conduct interviews, gather and analyze data, write broadcast scripts for KPCC and online stories for LAist.
  • Work with our newsroom data journalists to develop data visualizations that help tell your story in the best possible way.
  • Ensure that all stories comply with SCPR standards and practices, including standards of accuracy, fairness and balance.
  • Work with investigative editor and across the newsroom to find new distribution channels for work to maximize impact
  • Willingness to engage audience during and after the reporting process.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Three or more years' experience reporting, including experience covering a beat.
  • Broad experience in journalism, including writing, interviewing and editing.
  • Experience using investigative methods, including working with public records,  source vetting and data analysis. 
  • Experience writing for broadcast and web.
  • Proven track record of breaking stories that have impacted public policy.

Senior Reporter level (in addition to the bullets above):

  • 5+ years of experience in journalism, reporting or similar experience, including experience covering a beat.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to work on long-term projects while fulfilling day-to-day requirements.
  • Deep commitment to maintaining the highest ethical standards.
  • Independence, initiative and good judgment.  
  • Ability to work both in teams and independently.
  • Ability to produce work that serves our listeners and readers first and foremost.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Ability to work on complex projects.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure.
  • Knowledge of current events, particularly in greater Los Angeles.
  • Ability to give and receive constructive criticism in a collegial manner.
  • Willingness to approach and execute stories in new ways.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues in multiple departments/divisions.
  • Knowledge of common investigative tools including spreadsheets, databases, advanced Internet research, source development and use of public documents.
  • Become and remain a member in good standing of SAG-AFTRA by the thirtieth (30th) day of employment.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience turning complicated stories into high-quality, high-impact broadcast content. Including host interviews and radio features.
  • Strong knowledge of state, local and federal public records law and research methods.
  • Demonstrated journalism and academic research skills; knowledge of Lexis-Nexis and other research databases.
  • Experience with Audition, Pro Tools or other audio software production tools.
  • Strong understanding and skills in Excel, DocumentCloud/Overview, Access or other data and document handling tools.
  • Skill and experience in documentary style  production.
  • Fluency in Spanish or other non-English languages commonly spoken in Southern California

Reporting To This Position:  None

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Domestic travel required.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Physical Demands:  
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
  • Working Conditions:  
    • Moderate noise level

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

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