The CPR Climate/environment reporter will be part of a team of three reporters and one editor covering breaking news, enterprise and solutions stories surrounding climate, water, weather and the environment. The climate team takes a solutions-based approach to environmental reporting, digging into the research being done in Colorado and elsewhere to produce stories on how Coloradans interact with the environment. Reporters must be willing to move between storytelling platforms and produce innovative content.
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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Discover and develop enterprise features on climate and the environment.
- Cover breaking news related to the beat.
- Daily reporting for newscasts and digital, including monitoring and pulling relevant tape from hearings and press conferences, making calls and writing for newscasts and digital platforms.
- Develop sources and relationships with climate experts with a diversity of views, breaking important news and developments and finding a new level of depth and breadth when it comes to reporting on climate research.
- Develop sources and relationships within federal agencies that produce policy relevant to Colorado.
- Explore stories that examine how climate change and environmental policy affects diverse communities across Colorado, focusing on inequality, health impacts, solutions, economic impact and cultural issues.
- Use open records to develop enterprising stories about climate-related policy and government action (or lack thereof).
- Deliver stories for digital, radio and on-demand audio as needed.
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Education and Experience Requirements:
- Identification with the mission and purpose of Colorado Public Radio.
- Minimum of 3 years journalism experience at a major news organization.
- Experience covering the environment or climate preferred.
- Experience covering major beats, preferred.
- Radio experience preferred.
- High-level writing and editing skills, demonstrated ability to identify key developments and distill complex matters.
- Understanding and presence on social media for reporting and promoting stories as well as engaging with the audience.
- Experience producing data-based stories is a plus.
Available to work during non-standard working hours and weekend on-call shifts, as needed. This job will include travel.
Position is based in CPR's downtown Denver newsroom.
To apply, submit a cover letter that includes where you learned of the job opening, resume, three professional references and salary expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Climate and Environment Reporter" in the subject line. Please also include links to samples of your work or projects you have led.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
No phone calls or drop ins please. Competitive salary and benefits.
Colorado Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer and encourages workplace diversity