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Reporter II or Senior Reporter (Politics), SCPR

Post Date:Jul 17, 2019Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - California - Pasadena Job Reference:108-20
Job Description:

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:

Democracy can be messy. In Southern California, the political system is changing in front of us, from how we vote to who is running for office. Many voices are shouting to be heard. This reporter will examine who gets listened to, and why, and provide a guide to anyone who wants to more fully participate in civic life.

We want to know what the audience is curious about. What keeps them up at night. And who they think should be held accountable.

This reporter will be responsible for covering the 2020 election with the SCPR audience in mind. What are the hurdles to getting involved? What are the issues at stake? We are less interested in who won a debate or who is ahead in the polls than we are how this election matters for our region and our civic life. That said, we will expect the politics reporter will keep up with the news and be able to appear as a regular expert guest on our KPCC shows.

The reporter is based in Los Angeles and will be responsible for coverage of the politics, governance and civics beats. S/he/they works across KPCC and LAist platforms ' broadcast, web/mobile, social media and live events. The reporter will collaborate with colleagues on all platforms, offers ideas and helps shape coverage to serve and inform audiences effectively. Through high-quality coverage and audience engagement, the reporter helps SCPR amplify issues and memorable stories in Los Angeles, Orange County and Southern California.

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 Responsibility: 

  • Work with community members to identify what they are curious about as it relates to politics, elections and civics.
  •  Become an expert on political and civic issues in Southern California.
  • Originate, research, write and produce stand-out content for both KPCC and LAist. 75% of your work should be enterprise.
  • Join KPCC's on-air hosts for live interviews.
  • Conduct field and in-studio interviews, gather sound and scenes for broadcast stories. 
  • Assemble, write, edit, voice and mix great audio stories, the kind that make people stop to listen.
  • Write and edit compelling digital stories with visual and interactive elements, the kind that people will take the time to finish.
  • Collaborate with editors and producers to amplify and distribute stories to the broadest possible audience.
  • Offer story ideas, guidance and subject matter expertise to your SCPR colleagues.
  • Ensure that all stories comply with SCPR standards and practices, including standards of accuracy, fairness and balance.
  • Participate in newsroom trainings. 
  • Cover breaking news events including those not on your assigned beat.
  • Pitch specials and projects and big ideas. We love big ideas!
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Three or more years' experience reporting or similar experience, including experience covering a beat.

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:

  • Strong language skills, including writing, proof reading and clear speaking ability.
  • Experience in journalism, including writing, interviewing, and editing.
  • Experience requesting and working with public records.
  • Experience writing in-depth, enterprise stories.
  • Deep commitment to maintaining the highest ethical standards.
  • Independence, initiative and good judgment.
  • Openness to collaboration in and outside SCPR.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure.
  • Willingness to tackle complex stories with an open mind.
  • Experience with audio software production tools like Audition or Pro Tools.
  • Good interpersonal skills. Be nice!
  • A desire to provide our L.A. community with great local news.
  • Become and remain a member in good standing of SAG-AFTRA by the thirtieth (30th) day of employment.

Preferred Skills and Experience: 

  • Fluency in Spanish or other non-English languages commonly spoken in Southern California.
  • Knowledge and expertise about California politics and government.
  • Extensive knowledge of Los Angeles and Southern California.
  • Experience with research databases like Lexis-Nexis.
  • Comfort working with and analyzing data sets.

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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