WKAR Public Media, the NPR & PBS affiliate at Michigan State University seeks a passionate, experienced and dedicated journalist for its AM/FM broadcasts and digital media. The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of local, regional and national current events and issues, and report for daily newscasts, website and social media accounts. The candidate must have experience producing well-written, audio rich stories on deadline. A bachelor’s degree or higher in communications, journalism or related field is required. At least 3 years professional, commercial or public radio news experience is required. Experience in print, television or digital news reporting will be taken into consideration.
Duties & Responsibilities
Work with News Director to develop vision and scope of WKAR’s government reporting
Research, report, write, and produce multimedia spot and feature stories for WKAR’s air and its digital platforms efficiently and on tight deadline as assigned by news director
Cultivate sources and consistently pitch creative, thoughtful and original story ideas that demonstrate understanding of the issues facing the communities served by WKAR
Use social media to break news, engage audiences and expand one’s source base
Fill-in for show hosts as needed for radio and television
Participate in pledge fund drives.
Participate in marketing activities, community engagement projects and other audience interactions as assigned on behalf of WKAR.
Participate in on-air and online fundraising as needed
Mentor news interns and student journalists.
Other duties as assigned
WKAR is a division of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University. It includes WKAR AM and FM, WKAR-TV, WKAR.org, the Radio Reading Service, and WKAR Ready-To-Learn, and reaches more than a half-million mid-Michigan residents each week, and contributes to the educational experience of Michigan State University's 50,000-plus student body. For additional information, please visit www.wkar.org.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Telecommunications, Journalism, or Broadcast Production; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in radio production, broadcast operations, rules and regulations and interviewing; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The position may require a FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Permit.
Master's degree preferred in Communication, Journalism, or related field; 3-5 years in broadcast, digital or print reporting; skilled at mixing and editing one's own audio reports, including in the field; skilled at writing crisp, clear news reports on deadline for web; willing and able to take still photos and video in the field; sound and ethical judgment, with a commitment to objectivity, balance and fairness; strong reporting, writing and technical skills; self-motivated team player with a track record of producing daily news stories and features of interest to local audiences; and ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
Required Application Materials
Please submit your resume along with a cover letter addressing your experience in professional, commercial or public radio news experience and why you feel this position would be a positive career move for you. Please include the names and email addresses of three professional references. A writing sample is requested, see further instructions below.
Please provide three (3) writing samples or a link to your professional portfolio
Work hours may include nights and weekends and may involve travel throughout the region
Bidding eligibility ends on 8/7/18 at 11:55 PM.
Internal Number: 523034
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