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Position Summary

Arizona Public Media (AZPM) is seeking a Senior Radio News and Public Affairs Reporter to cover border and immigration. You’ll join a growing team of reporters who create unique stories about the southwest for our Southern Arizona radio and online audiences. The successful candidate will be an accomplished audio reporter who tells stories with sound, looks for the new and especially the local angles in the midst of a national debate about border and immigration policies.

High-quality work on deadline will be essential in our multimedia environment, as will the ability to work cohesively with a team, both internally with the news and production staff members and externally with partner stations.

The primary assignment of this position will be reporting on the Arizona-Mexico border region by producing daily news spots and longer-form features.

AZPM is an editorially independent, member-supported, non-profit public media organization serving Southern Arizona, and is provided as a community service of the University of Arizona (UA). AZPM utilizes advanced digital transmission technology to deliver three channels of public television, three channels of radio, online, and educational outreach services to audiences of all or portions of eleven Arizona counties. AZPM is committed to being a source of information that promotes thoughtful conversation and community collaboration by bringing people and ideas together.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from viewers and listeners, the University, grant makers, and corporate supporters. Regardless of job capacity, each AZPM employee is obligated to present a responsive, professional, and helpful business image to all. As a trusted media organization that provides impartial coverage on a variety of topics, all AZPM employees are required to support its Editorial Standards and Code of Ethics policies, both of which are available for review at

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Research, develop, write, and produce stories on border and immigration for public radio and digital audiences.
  • Cultivate sources in the areas of border security policy, immigration policy, immigration court, local, state and federal politics, migrant shelters, humanitarian aid groups, immigrant communities and their support systems, etc.
  • Meet daily deadlines.
  • Develop feature stories that tell deeper, bigger stories than daily coverage can accommodate.
  • Substitute/back-up anchor for radio and television newscasts on as-needed basis.
  • Write and present complex issues clearly.
  • Book guests and conduct in-field and in-studio interviews.
  • Write for online and use social media on a daily basis.
  • Produce high-quality work that is accurate, fair, balanced, and professional.
  • Adhere to AZPM’s Code of Editorial Ethics and Practices and AZPM’s Editorial Standards.
  • Operate field audio equipment and audio editing systems.
  • Actively participate in creating and maintaining a professional and cooperative working environment.
  • Participate in station fundraising and other public events.
  • Drive University vehicles as necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics, and standards.
  • Thorough understanding of cross-platform (digital, audio), content production techniques and workflows.
  • Understanding, appreciation, and passion for explaining policy in layman’s terms so an audience can understand how they impact an individual life.
  • Proficient with audio editing systems (e.g. Adobe Audition, Hindenberg, Audacity).
  • Working knowledge of online search and social media tools.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Computer literate and able to work in a Mac environment.
  • Familiarity with public broadcasting conversational style delivery.
  • Ability to translate data into visual presentation for web.
Minimum Qualifications

Please also see Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications below.

  • Valid and active Drivers License upon employment.
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field (i.e. Digital Media, Broadcasting, Journalism, Communications) AND one year experience in writing, producing and reporting for radio or television; OR, five years experience in writing, producing and reporting for radio or television; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Live radio anchoring or reporting experience
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40+


Job Location: 
Tucson, AZ
United States
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Full time
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