Reporting to the Executive Director of Communications, the Multimedia Journalist produces, reports, shoots, writes, voices, edits and feeds news production content for all platforms, including the web and social media, in a manner that is clear, engaging and meaningful to WCU faculty, staff, students, key stakeholders and the community at large. The position requires a strong writer who adheres to the traditional tenets of journalism with reporting that effectively combines text, images, sound, video and graphics. The position also is expected to serve as a writer for the University's magazine.
Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Preferred education and experience: Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication, Telecommunication and Film, or Journalism and one (1) year of multi-media reporting experience; OR Associate degree and three (3) years of multi-media reporting experience; OR High School and five (5) years of multi-media reporting experience. May be required to work non-typical schedules, including weekends and special events. May work in inclement weather. Must be able to lift and carry equipment up to 30 pounds.
Must be a strong writer and a team player, willing to work flexible hours and possess a strong understanding of how news is delivered on multiple platforms. Strong writing skills and the ability to submit content on deadline under pressure. Must demonstrate exceptional writing, planning and organizational skills as well as strong interviewing and communication skills. Proficient in the operation of a personal computer, as well as multi-media news gathering and editing equipment and experience with live shots.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered, applicants must apply online.
A cover letter, resume, and list of references are required to complete the application process. Please also include a portfolio of written and visual creative.
A minimum of three writing and photo/video samples must be submitted and can be uploaded as “other document” if not already included in resume or portfolio.
Finalists will be required to complete a writing test or assignment as part of the application process.
Applicants must upload a DD-214 if claiming Veteran's Preference.
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If no applicants apply, who meet the required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Competencies and Training and Experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Effective October 1, 2015 all new hires into positions subject to the State Human Resources Act (SHRA) will serve a 12 month probationary period as defined by the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.