KCUR’s Kansas News Service is looking for an ambitious multimedia reporter who will thrive exploring the dynamics of rural communities across the state. This reporter, through a one-year fellowship, will focus on health issues and the 2018 elections but also have the opportunity to take on in-depth projects. The job is based in Topeka and involves occasional travel around Kansas.
Kansas News Service is a regional journalism collaborative that focuses on education, health and politics. The work of its reporters appears on public radio stations across the state (and sometimes beyond), online and in newspapers in Kansas.
News in Kansas can run the gamut. There’s conflict between rural and urban interests, over abortion, on issues of guns, voting rights, and the role of government health programs. Kansas is often a testing ground on national issues of tax policy and regulation. Reporters have no trouble finding hot-button issues to cover.
This fellow will pitch and report spot news and long-form features in both audio and digital form. The reporter will spend roughly half of their time delivering fully realized stories of their own. They will come up with many of their own story ideas and then report, write and voice them for use on radio and in digital form. The rest of their time will be devoted to shooting and adding still photographs to the news service library, helping produce short videos, creating graphics to augment stories for colleagues, and assisting podcast production.
A successful candidate for this fellowship knows how to meet a deadline, can identify stories that enlighten the reader or listener, understands multimedia, and appreciates the collegiality of a young news organization working to explain a state to the people who live in it. The candidate also knows that the value of journalism is dependent on the ethics of those who practice it.
Kansas News Service works under the direction of KCUR 89.3, the NPR affiliate in Kansas City. KCUR is an editorially independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. See www.kcur.org/jobs for information about KCUR and Kansas City.
- First and foremost, find, pitch, research, write, report, edit and voice a wide variety of spots, two-ways, and feature stories for morning and afternoon newsmagazines, local talk shows, and national programs (as appropriate).
- Create digital stories, using the website to explore news with more depth and through layers of presentation – using photographs, interpretive charts, interactive graphics, short videos and other devices that a given piece calls for.
- Stay abreast of daily developments and develop broad geographic knowledge, sources, and topical expertise for stories that serve the Kansas News Service mission.
- Anticipate and respond to breaking news, with particular focus on health care issues.
- Participate in news planning meetings to suggest story ideas and help focus story angles. In particular, identify what multimedia elements are most practical and useful for digital work across Kansas News Service.
- Contribute segments and suggest new approaches for the Statehouse Blend Kansas podcast.
- Collaborate with Kansas News Service’s in-state partners and national entities to share content across multiple platforms.
- Collaborate with other Kansas News Service reporters and editors on projects.
- Participate in assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
- Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or a related field required; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience; and at least 3 years of experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
- One year of work experience in a radio, news, or public media organization.
- Ability to cover breaking news, to write quickly and experience producing some long-form journalism.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and good news judgment.
- Experience producing news content for digital and social platforms.
- Experience in innovative storytelling, whether audio or online.
- Aggressive, enthusiastic, and self-motivated approach to daily news coverage.
- Ability to multitask and work on diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
- Demonstrated ability to take direction and work collaboratively with various personalities.
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
- Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
- Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
- Experience with digital audio editing (e.g. Adobe Audition), field recording equipment, and other audio production tools.
This position reports to the Digital Editor of the Kansas News Service.
Commensurate with experience.
HOW TO APPLY
Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2018. This position will remain open until filled.
Apply online: www.umkc.edu/jobs. Applicants must combine all materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).
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