WAMU is seeking a creative, flexible, and resourceful full-time reporter to help carry out its regional news agenda across broadcast and digital platforms.
The ideal candidate is an effective and imaginative storyteller with a keen sense of how to shape content to suit different audiences--both on air (via local newscasts, live two-ways, feature stories, etc.) and online (via WAMU.org and social media platforms). While the reporter will regularly contribute on-air feature stories, they should have a well-developed sense of how to create digital content that is compelling, sharable, visual, and impactful.
The reporter serves as a member of the news team and reports to the Editor
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Required Education and Experience
Degree in journalism or related field
3-plus years reporting for radio, TV, or online
Experience with multimedia production, particularly photo or video
Top-notch writing and reporting skills
Experience building a beat and developing topical expertise
Inscrutable journalistic ethics
Hands-on audio editing abilities
Impeccable research and reporting skills
Experience with 1 or more content management systems (ideally Wordpress)
Experience building audiences for content across social platforms
Journalistic agility, or the ability to shift comfortably between writing radio scripts, online news articles, explainers, short and longer pieces
Experience building audience connections using social media
Experience mining social media platforms for story ideas, angles, and sources
Willingness to try new storytelling methods, and adapt to changing platforms and audience needs
Preferred Education and Experience
Ability to write “sticky” headlines that quickly encapsulate a story
Coding skills a plus
Knowledge of the Washington region
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check
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Nearest Major Market: Washington DC
Internal Number: 13220
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