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San Diego State University seeks a KPBS Investigative Reporter

February 14, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The Investigative Reporter will work under the supervision of the Investigations/Digital Training Editor in coordination with other members of the News Division. The reporter will be part of a team tasked with doing in- depth investigative journalism, as well as ‘explainers’ and accountability stories to help us get at our news mission to tell our audience not only WHAT is happening in our community, but WHY.

The reporter will produce news stories that can be distributed on digital platforms including podcasts, online series and videos, KPBS radio, TV,, KPBS social networks and KPBS mobile and produced in formats such as, but not limited to, radio newscasts, in-depth radio features, TV packages, multimedia projects and special reports.

Investigative reporters will use data analysis, public records and sources to find stories and present them to our digital, radio and television audiences, listeners and viewers. The reporter will focus on developing in-depth, digitally native content that reaches new and diverse audiences.

The reporter may be assigned to help fill in for other newsroom positions, such as anchoring newscasts or web producing, and appear as a guest or host on KPBS TV and radio programs.In addition to producing local content and preparing final productions that can be distributed on all KPBS platforms, the reporter is expected to participate in station on-air fundraising activities and appearances for KPBS community and public relations events and activities.

Job description may be changed at any time based on the needs of the news department.

News Reporting and Producing (85%):

  • Primarily produce feature reports and participate in digital projects such as podcasts and special web and video series; produce spot news, cut and copies, live debriefs, tape talks, field packages, photos, video, audio, blog posts, and newscasts.
  • Follow the KPBS Strategic Plan and Editorial Vision under the direction of the News Director
  • Research topics, analyze data, develop contacts and interviews source; maintain notes and broadcast recordings, write and edit reports, produce and voice reports for air, and work with a production unit to produce radio, TV and multimedia productions.
  • Regularly conduct public records requests for documents and data and use them to produce stories.
  • Cultivate insider sources and regularly contact them for tips that may help KPBS to break original stories.
  • Produce stories in appropriate forms for online and broadcast (live on-air, copy, actuality, cut & copy, voicer, wrap, feature, series, documentary, studio two-way, radio, TV, etc.)

Development and Engagement (10%):

  • Mentor other reporters on stories that are investigative/enterprise in nature.
  • Help lead training on sourcing, public records and enterprise/investigative reporting techniques.
  • Participate in community engagement activities that highlight/promote the I-Teams work.
  • Responsible for appropriate record keeping, correspondence, phone calls, supplies and equipment and other duties as assigned.

Other Duties as Assigned (5%):


  • Demonstrated experience in broadcast and online writing.
    Proven ability to report and write investigative/enterprise stories with impact.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with editors and station colleagues and be culturally competent with a strong emphasis on DEI within the newsroom.
  • Strong knowledge of journalistic standards and practices and the editorial/technical/logistical processes required to create multimedia content.
  • Ability to develop sources in institutions/communities throughout San Diego & Imperial counties and/or on beat.
  • Ability to plan for and determine appropriate visual graphic elements for digital and video news stories.
  • Knowledge of social media and digital technology and how to tell stories and reach new and diverse audiences.
  • Ability to multitask and be highly organized.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across-departments on special projects or organization initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and mentor young journalists and supervise/edit journalists doing investigative/enterprise stories.
  • Proven ability to work in an often fast-paced newsroom environment with changing deadlines and priorities.
  • Ability to to work well independently and make good decisions under fast-paced conditions.
  • The reporter possesses excellent investigative reporting skills and high journalistic standards.

Minimum Experience:

  • Five years experience in journalism; three years related experience in broadcast media and two years investigative reporting experience

Minimum Education:

  • Equivalent to a bachelors degree and/or equivalent training and work in journalism.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years as a reporter specializing in investigative/enterprise reporting preferred
  • Expertise with public records and an understanding of legal issues relating to investigative reporting
  • Experience with document-heavy and data-driven journalism
  • Experience in a major media market.
  • Familiarity with public media news programming; previous public media experience.
  • Experience with digital audio and video editing software, show rundown, content management system and social media.
  • Broad knowledge of San Diego, regional and California news, with the goal of adding context to ‘local’ stories.
  • Multimedia skills writing for the web, producing audio and video narratives.

Salary: $6,250/mo – $7,032.90/mo
Close Date: 2/24/2023
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