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Portland City Government Reporter

Post Date:Jan 31, 2023Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:$65,000 - $75,000
Location: United States - Oregon - Portland Job Reference:1153
Job Description:

Portland City Government Reporter/Producer

Application instructions for this and all current OPB employment opportunities are available at OPB's careers page.


About OPB

OPB is a leader in public media, serving diverse communities of the Northwest with fact-based, in-depth news and information about politics, the environment, science, arts, history, and cultures; business, education and more. Powered by the generous support of members, OPB seeks out a variety of voices in our communities and lifts up authentic stories of the people, places, events and issues of the region, providing context and a deeper understanding. OPB’s independent journalism and programs are available at, on OPB Radio and OPB TV. Follow us on TwitterInstagramYouTube and Facebook


The Opportunity

OPB is hiring a reporter to cover Portland City Government. This is a high-profile competitive beat covering Oregon’s largest city for an audience that spans Oregon and SW Washington.


We’re looking for someone who loves beat reporting – building and maintaining sources, breaking news first and finding the smartest, most enlightening take on a news event everyone is covering – and is eager for the challenge of covering a competitive, complicated beat on multiple platforms. This job requires the creativity and curiosity to maintain a long list of story ideas and the organizational skills to balance daily news with longer-form enterprise and investigative reporting. 


The Portland City Government Reporter will be joining our Politics team. This position will also work closely with reporters whose beats overlap; some of these include reporters covering climate change, policing, state politics and  health and justice. There is ample opportunity to cover a newsy beat for a large and loyal audience. Through your work and with the support of an editor you’ll be able to cover a public service in a way which can invite new audiences and continue our mission to give voice to the community, connect Oregon and its neighbors, and illuminate a wider world.


Position Details

The Portland city government reporter/producer creates daily news stories and features for OPB that appear on multiple platforms and news magazines, podcasts and talk shows. The reporter consistently meets daily deadlines as well as the organization’s ethical, technical, legal and aesthetic standards. This involves reporting and researching, gathering sound and photos and writing for radio and digital platforms. The bulk of this reporter’s newsgathering efforts will focus on news and issues in the Portland metro region, primarily Portland City Hall.



85% - This reporter/producer reports, writes and produces breaking and enterprise news stories on multiple platforms, including audio and digital. The bulk of their work focuses Portland city government. This includes scheduling and conducting interviews and planning future news coverage related to the beat, recording and editing materials using digital audio tools, using social media for information gathering and engagement, taking photos and using OPB content management tools.


10% - Participate in local news programming by appearing as a guest on shows like Morning Edition, “Think Out Loud®” and  All Things Considered and podcasts such as “OPB Politics Now” or being debriefed by an on-air host.


5% - Other duties as assigned, including.

•           Represent OPB in external functions, including fundraising activities and community engagement events in the Portland metro area and Southwest Washington.

•           Produce online and broadcast reports for national public media outlets as needed


Working Conditions

Hybrid position. This reporter/producer will divide time between an office and fieldwork as needed for newsgathering, which includes travel to remote locations, working evenings or weekends and possibly working in inclement weather. This position is based in Portland and can include travel around Oregon and Southwest Washington. Lifting and carrying equipment up to 10 pounds is sometimes required.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position
  • Three years equivalent full-time professional experience as a journalist
  • Experience developing and maintaining a beat
  • Ability to develop and maintain sources
  • Ability to collaborate and innovate with others in the production/content teams to create the best possible stories
  • Ability to work independently, as well as work collaborate with editors and reporters throughout the Northwest
  • Strong writing and interviewing skills
  • A demonstrated interest in following stories over time
  • Familiarity with photography, audio, video and social media in the presentation of news stories
  • Ability to file live reports and participate in breaking news
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Commitment to high ethical standards for journalism
  • Adaptable, flexible, able to carry projects forward independently with appropriate direction and judgment
  • Must thrive in a fast-paced working environment, take initiative and balance multiple priorities with speed and accuracy
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of OPB and public media
  • Enthusiasm for the changing news production environment and the tools and software used to facilitate our work


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using audio recording and editing equipment
  • Experience as a bureau reporter
  • Spanish language skills
  • An eye for diverse voices and sources in stories
  • Photography or video production skills
  • Ability to shoot video and create other multimedia content for online distribution
  • Experience using social media tools to communicate with audience members
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite software
  • Knowledge of issues relevant to the Northwest


Additional Information

  • This position reports to the OPB Politics Editor and is benefits eligible
  • The probable hiring range for this nonexempt position is annual equivalent between $65,000 and $75,000 depending on qualifications.
  • For the safety of our employees, the contractors/vendors we work with, and the public we serve, OPB has a mandatory COVID vaccination policy and all employees are required to show proof of vaccination


How to Apply

For application instructions, please visit OPB's careers page. You will be asked to create an account, upload your cover letter and resume and answer a few position related questions. Once you click “submit” you cannot make changes to your application.


Your application materials are due by 8:59 PM Pacific Time on November 17, 2022.


OPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Contact Information
Barbara Allen
7140 SW Macadam Ave
Portland, OR 97219
United States
Ph: 503-445-1885
Fax: 503-445-1859

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