We are at pivotal moment in how we view, discuss, and think about race and ethnicity in this country. Public media strives to tell stories that accurately reflect all segments of our communities. But we can do better.
St. Louis Public Radio is looking for a reporter to join a nationwide, five-person team of journalists that is tasked with telling stories that reflect the diversity of issues, people and perspectives important to the region and to the nation.
Each of the four stations (St. Louis; Hartford, Connecticut; Portland, Oregon; and Kansas City, Missouri) is hiring a reporter. Plus, St. Louis Public Radio is hiring an editor who will be based in St. Louis and who will lead the team.
Funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the reporter will be part of a project that grew out of the recognition that improving the diversity of issues, voices and perspectives in public media storytelling will improve our journalism.
The goal is for the team to provide a fresh examination of race and ethnicity in the country through the unique lens of the cities involved in the project. We aim to cover a wider scope of issues than we currently do, hear from people who are often overlooked and ultimately expand the impact of our reporting across a broader spectrum of communities.
The ideal candidate should be enthusiastic about telling stories that reflect a variety of interests, issues and people. The candidate should have at least three years of reporting experience and should be open to working on an innovative, experimental and collaborative team. Radio experience isn't necessary, but a passion for audio storytelling and the mission of public media is essential. Don't worry if you've never touched a mic before or been on air. We will train you.
Being a part of this reporting project will give you the opportunity to report on issues that are specific to the region as well as those that affect the entire country. You'll have the opportunity to file for NPR and to create stories for multiple media platforms.
- Research, report and write radio and digital stories related to diversity -- however that is defined by the team.
- Communicate with the station editor about potential breaking news.
- Build sources, develop story ideas and work with the editor to craft news stories for both the daily news cycle and for more in-depth longform stories.
- Serves as a resource for talk shows, including identifying sources and opportunities for additional coverage, conducting two-ways and interviews and appearing as a guest.
- Participates in assigned fundraising and outreach activities as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
The reporter works with the diversity editor based in St. Louis. The reporter may also have support and direction from other editors at St. Louis Public Radio.
- At least three years experience in a daily newsroom environment.
- Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or a related field required; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.
- Excellent writing skills, proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.
- Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
- Ability to juggle multiple stories at once.
- Enthusiasm for the role of public media in changing journalism environment.
- Proven success with cross-platform storytelling.
- Familiarity with the variety and complexity of issues facing St. Louis' diverse communities.
- Strong social media skills.
- Familiarity with AP style and the ability to write excellent headlines.
In your cover letter, please tell us how you will approach covering the intersection of race, identity and culture. What stories would you tell? How will that be different from what you've read or heard before? Please submit any links to work samples in your application. If you have audio samples that are not available online, please send files to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must complete an online application through the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Job ID: 23786.