Job Description:
  • GBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.

     

    DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

    GBH News is a multi-platform local newsroom headquartered in Boston. Our goal -- through in-depth, high-quality journalism -- is to inform, educate and enlighten our audience. We cover the immediate news of the day as well issues and developments that shape our community and culture. GBH News broadcasts and streams local, national, and international news produces local talk shows and publishes a wide variety of locally sourced news online. We aim to reflect the diverse communities we serve in our journalism and our newsroom culture.

    JOB OVERVIEW

    Reporting to the Politics Editor, we’re looking for an intrepid reporter to cover Massachusetts politics and policy at the intersection of voters and democracy. That's a big piece of journalistic real estate. It includes the governor and other constitutional officers, the legislature, the myriad of agencies and officials that service the commonwealth, as well as those individuals or groups that seek to influence the conduct of government. And then there is the populace, what effect do the laws enacted and regulations issued have on the people of the state, especially those most vulnerable. 

    This reporter should be able to tap into Massachusetts' Congressional delegation as the news demands.

    This reporter should be immersed in politics, able to make connections between and among developments in the local, state, and national arenas while simultaneously being alert to cultural developments that shape the context of official action.

    The ideal candidate should be able to translate the latest news out of the legislature, examine, and explain how policy changes impact the daily lives of our audiences ,and infuse his/her reports with insights and experiences from the constituents we serve.

    We’re looking for someone who can balance the immediate with the long term: to handle breaking daily news for online, radio, and social media while developing longer-term assignments and projects for those same mediums. 

    In addition, this person -- together with other members of the politics team -- will be a contributor to our weekly Politics newsletter and will appear (as needed) on radio, television, and video productions.

    This reporter is also a general newsroom asset, helping to direct colleagues working on stories with a government angle in the right direction.  

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Working with the Politics Editor and other Editorial Leaders, develop daily and weekly state politics and policy coverage. 

    • Build and cultivate relationships with sources and constituents; routinely host listening sessions to better understand the issues most important to voters

    • File regularly and with great fluency across multiple platforms – radio, web, social, and occasionally television

    • To put it in informal, colloquial terms: "If it happens on Beacon Hill, or influences the State House, know about it."

    • Cover general assignment reporting for the newsroom, as needed (required of all GBH News journalists) 

    SKILLSET

    • Solid news judgment and the ability to prioritize among competing developments.

    • Strong sense of journalistic ethics.

    • Excellent writing and dogged reporting skills.

    • The ability to break news.

    • The ability to record and broadcast -- or the ability to quickly learn the same.  

    • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines

    • Strong interviewing skills.

    • Strong researching skills.

    • The ability to take photos of publishable quality.

    • The desire to work successfully in an open team environment.

    • Experience in both quick turn & longer-form/feature reporting.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required.

    • 5+ years of experience as a reporter

    • At least 3 years of experience covering politics

    • A solid track record of enterprise, exclusive and breaking news reporting

    • At least 2 years of experience reporting on two or more platforms – radio, web, television, and podcasts

    JOB SPECIFICS

    Staff Position

    CWA Local 1400 union position

    GBH is an equal opportunity employer. The community and audience we serve are diverse, and we wish to foster that diversity in our workplace. Toward that end, GBH does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment, or promotion based on race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

    Application Process Assistance

    GBH will reasonably accommodate applicants with disabilities who need adjustments to participate in the application or interview process. To initiate an accommodation request, contact the Human Resource department by sending an email to human_resources@wgbh.org or by calling 617-300-2000.

     

     

Organization: 
Job Location: 
Boston, MA
United States
Job Category: 
Reporting
Job Type: 
Full time