Kansas News Service, Social Services Reporter – KCUR, 28508
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 35779
Kansas News ServiceJob Description Do you want to tell personal stories and hold people of power accountable? KCUR is seeking a full-time reporter to cover criminal justice and social services – with a strong emphasis on foster care – for KCUR’s Kansas News Service in Topeka. The news service, a collaboration of public media stations across the state, offers a remarkable opportunity for an ambitious reporter to dig deeper on significant local, regional and national issues. This reporter will brainstorm, research, write, report and produce spot news, digital reports and long-form audio features. He or she also will create social content to accompany stories, will participate in community engagement efforts, and will appear on talk shows, podcasts and community panels, as needed.The successful candidate for this position will be able to work on diverse projects simultaneously and across platforms in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment; take direction and work collaboratively with editors and reporting colleagues; and produce to the highest journalistic standards. Characteristic Duties
- Identify, research, pitch, 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 news reports, features and research – including graphics, interpretive charts and photos -- for website, social media platforms and newspaper partners. Stay abreast of daily developments and develop broad geographic knowledge, sources, and topical expertise in regard to Kansas to produce stories that serve the Kansas News Service mission.Anticipate and respond to breaking news.Participate in news planning meetings to suggest story ideas and help focus story angles Contribute segment ideas and appear as a guest or host on KCUR’s local talk shows, podcasts and community events, as needed.Collaborate with the Kansas News Service’s in-state partners and national entities to share content across multiple platforms.Collaborate with other KCUR reporters and talk show producers on projects.Participate in all assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off. Other duties as assigned.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessaryPreferred Qualifications
- Two years of experience producing news content for digital and social platforms.Experience in a radio, news, or public media organization. Ability to cover breaking news as well as report through long-form, innovative storytelling. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and good news judgment.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 is a full-time, benefit eligible position based in Topeka, Kansas. The reporter can work remotely from another part of Kansas, but some time in Topeka will come with the job.Salary
This is a non-exempt hourly position, starting at $19.47/hr to $23.08/hr and will commensurate with experienceApplication Deadline
March 21, 2021Application Instructions
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KCUR, the NPR affiliate in Kansas City, is an editorially independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For information about KCUR and Kansas City, visit www.kcur.org.
The Kansas News Service is a collaboration of public media newsrooms delivering critical reporting of sound and substance. Their work is broadcast every day to virtually all of Kansas, and shared online and in newspapers in every corner of the state.The Kansas News Service is directed by KCUR 89.3 in Kansas City, in partnership with KMUW in Wichita, Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence and High Plains Public Radio in Garden City. For more information about Kansas News Service, visit https://ksnewsservice.org/.
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