KVPR is seeking an experienced reporter to cover higher education in the San Joaquin Valley.
The Higher Education Reporter at KVPR will seek to explain how larger social issues manifest at higher-learning institutions but also the ways stories inside the institutions influence the world around them. This beat will explore and bring out rich stories that look at the innovation and tensions that exist around student life, college administration, regional economic impact, research, campus growth, and outreach and recruitment.
This position will be based in Merced, CA, in association with the new Central Valley Journalism Collaborative. The ideal candidate is a gifted journalist with excellent storytelling and writing skills, solid news judgment and a knack for cultivating sources. As in many smaller newsrooms, you may at times need to cover areas outside your official beat, and cover breaking news as needed.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Report, write, edit and assemble original content for the station’s broadcast and digital platforms, including both daily coverage, feature-length coverage, podcast and other digital content
- Tell sound-rich stories in compelling and creative ways with diverse sources.
- Share station journalism on a variety of platforms and settings including the web, social media, and at station events
- Meet deadlines and work creatively and under pressure with a small but ambitious newsroom
- Participate in on-air fundraising and other station activities and events
- Work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
- Other duties as assigned
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
- Superior writing and communication skills
- Digital audio recording and editing skills
- Proficiency with Word, Excel and social media platforms
- Must be able to write, edit and produce content consistent with the NPR style
- A passion for public media news values
- Journalism / broadcast production experience preferred
- Spanish language skills preferred
- College degree, preferably in journalism, communications or a related field
- Must have a valid California driver’s license and reliable transportation
- This position will be based at the Central Valley Journalism Collaborative in Merced, CA with regular visits to KVPR’s Broadcast Center in Clovis, CA.
How to apply:
Send resume, three references, a cover letter and a link to three work samples to KVPR News Director Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado: firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, tell the story of what led you to become a journalist and what gets you excited about storytelling. Additionally, explain why you would make a great radio reporter and pitch a story that pertains to the Higher Education Reporter description. Most importantly, how would you tell this story with audio?
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