WAMU is seeking a creative, flexible and resourceful full-time reporter to help carry out its regional news agenda across broadcast and digital platforms. This reporter will focus on general assignment reporting in the greater Washington region, with an emphasis on stories that affect or take place in Virginia. They will also help build WAMU’s weekend news presence by maintaining a schedule of 4 weekdays and 1 weekend day. Their weekend duties will include monitoring local news sources, updating the website and social media to reflect news developments, and working with the weekend host to ensure that on-air breaks reflect the most current local and national news and information.
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). They must be a flexible and multi-skilled producer, capable of a high level of editorial judgment under minimal supervision.
The reporter serves as a member of the News team and reports to the Sr. Managing Editor
This position is considered essential staff. Occasional weekend, evening hours required
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Sr. Coordinator/Analyst A
Commensurate with experience
Required Education and Experience
Degree in journalism or related field
3-plus years reporting for radio, TV, or online
Top-notch writing and reporting skills
Experience building a beat and developing topical expertise
Experience with multimedia production, particularly photo or video
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
Ability to establish and maintain friendly and effective working relationships with the rest of the Newsroom and other WAMU employees
Preferred Education and Experience
Ability to write “sticky” headlines that quickly encapsulate a story
Knowledge of the Washington region more broadly, and Virginia in particular
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check
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