Politics & Civics Reporter | Producer/Host Radio II
Job descriptionJob no: 698943
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 13
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Communication Arts Sciences
Department: Broadcasting Services 10047117
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Administrative Professionals- AP, Administrative/Business/Professional, Union
Politics & Civics ReporterPosition Summary
WKAR Public Media, the NPR & PBS affiliate at Michigan State University seeks a passionate, experienced, and dedicated journalist for its on-air broadcasts and digital media. In this role, you will produce news stories involving statewide and local political and civic topics. Examples include, but are not limited to: laws and ordinances, elections, policing, social and equity reforms, and transparency. Occasional general assignment reporting will also be required when needed.
As a successful candidate you will have extensive knowledge of local, regional and national current events and issues and report for daily newscasts, website and social media accounts. You 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 of professional, commercial or public radio news experience is required. Experience in print, television or digital news reporting will be taken into consideration.
Duties & Responsibilities
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
- Proven on-air reporting and hosting experience. Ability to work live and pre-recorded.
- Supervisory experience.
- Prior experience with a radio automation system and a content management system.
- Proficiency with automation systems, Adobe Creative Cloud, and newsroom management software.
- Experience producing content for national media (NPR)
- Bachelor’s Degree or Higher in Journalism, Communications or Related Field.
- 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.
- Ability to travel throughout Michigan and work flexible hours when necessary.
- 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.
- Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.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.Special Instructions
Please provide three (3) writing samples or a link to your professional portfolioWork Hours
Standard hours of work at MSU are M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. However, evening and weekend work may be required based on assignments made by the Managing Editor.Bidding eligibility ends on 4/13/2021, at 11:55 PM
Advertised: Apr 7, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 6, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time