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Reporter II (Health Care)

Post Date:Oct 28, 2019Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - California - Pasadena Job Reference:161-20
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.

Position Summary:

Many Americans are one health crisis away from a personal financial crisis a reality felt acutely in Southern California where the cost of living is high and the margins of survival for many working people are small. KPCC + LAist is looking for a passionate reporter to examine the challenges facing Southern Californians when it comes to staying healthy, particularly how health policy affects those chances.

Part of this reporter's mission will be to watchdog how well our government agencies are serving people and to report on public and private efforts to improve quality and access to care. This reporter will also focus on the health needs of California's aging population.

We're looking for someone who brings strong journalism fundamentals, beat knowledge, curiosity and the ability to find the human stories at the center of policy decisions. This reporter will report both daily and enterprise stories, and will look for opportunities to engage with our audiences. Working in our cross-platform newsroom, they will report, write and produce on-air reports, post online stories, and use social media and web tools to report, engage beat sources and listeners/users and develop reporting projects. This reporter will work collaboratively across the newsroom.

Like all our reporters, we expect this reporter will build engagement into the reporting process, actively listening to our audience for story ideas, reporting leads and expertise. 

Application deadline: November 12, 2019 (10PM PST) 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Report and produce daily and breaking news stories and feature stories on deadline for radio, web and social media.
  • Deliver stories with fully-developed on-air style and originality in writing.
  • Develop deep expertise and source lists on the beat.
  • Work with data to help find and develop stories.
  • Report complex stories quickly; bring complicated ideas to air with moderate direction from editor
  • Provide live newscast reports and talk show and host 2-ways.
  • Participate in special projects including editorial projects and live events.
  • Propose ideas, topics for programs.
  • Operate production and studio equipment.
  • Use audience engagement as a reporting tool.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience. 
  • 3+ years or more professional journalism experience.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated radio reporting, digital news and production skills. 
  • Proven ability to identify and originate stories, report accurately and quickly and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to develop areas of expertise and establish beat priorities and goals.
  • Demonstrated capacity to use public documents, Internet research and other reporting methods to provide independent material to inform stories.
  • Strong writing, reporting and interviewing skills. 
  • Ability to provide live reports and two-ways.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • General and developing knowledge of beat.
  • Ability to tackle difficult projects.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects.
  • Ability to produce compelling storytelling with originality in writing.
  • Ability to develop stories with multiple interviews, scene changes, and strong knowledge of subject matter.
  • 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 preferred. Fluency in other languages desirable.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Ability to travel when needed.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to manage some work outside of standard office hours as needed.
  • Physical Demands:
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • 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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Contact Information
Southern California Public Radio
Amber Lung
474 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
United States
Ph: 6265835208

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