Job Description:

Interlochen Public Radio seeks an experienced journalist to direct our news team in northern Michigan. This is an opportunity for someone with vision for public service journalism to build a newsroom that consistently tells memorable stories and expands local understanding of the place we live and the issues we confront. Work on the campus of a renowned arts institution where creativity and new voices are valued.

This position reports to the Executive Director of IPR. The News Director will supervise three reporters, including a Report for America bureau. The News Director may also make some time for reporting, depending on the department work flow and professional aspirations of the person in the position.

A critical aspect of the job is inspiring others to do more ambitious work, ask better questions, tell better stories and otherwise do more original journalism. We have a strong internship program with campus housing so we can recruit talent nationally. The ability to collaborate with other news organizations is also important. Our RFA position is a joint position with a local newspaper.

Interlochen Public Radio serves Northwest Lower Michigan with separate channels for news and classical music. It’s a region known for its spectacular natural resources, like the Great Lakes, and home to a highly engaged citizenry. Our FM footprint includes roughly 250,000 people in an area 200 miles across. The services are owned by Interlochen Center for the Arts, a fine arts education organization that has been in operation for more than 90 years.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall editorial direction on a daily basis for IPR News Radio

  • Work with Executive Director to realize the vision for the service

  • Edit and coach reporters and interns

  • Coordinate works with partner News organizations

  • Work with the program director to meet needs of the broadcast stream and other special projects.

  • Direct distribution of digital content

  • Report as able and appropriate

  • Must identify local news of interest, comprehend varied and sometimes dense subject matter and communicate it in a format simple for audiences to understand.

  • Must coach employees to identify stories and produce high value work.

  • Must think creatively about public radio and its role in the media landscape.

  • Must be able to edit content for both radio and web.

  • Must be able to work collaboratively with other news and community organizations.

Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, communications or journalism.

  • At least 5 years experience reporting, writing and producing stories for a public radio or other news audience.

  • Experience editing public radio reporters.

  • Knowledge of audio editing software and audio recording devices,

  • Knowledge of website and social media enough for updates.

  • General knowledge of technology to operate a computer, radio board op and automation functions.

  • Public speaking


Application Materials Required:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

**Note- This position will be open until filled

Safeguarding our students, guests, and employees is a valued mission within Interlochen Center for the Arts. As a condition of employment, Interlochen Center for the Arts requires all new hires to receive various vaccinations, including the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, barring an approved exemption. Prior to beginning employment, all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and all new hires will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to their start date.

Job Benefits

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Employer paid and voluntary life insurance 
  • Employer paid short and long-term disability 
  • Employee development & tuition reimbursement programs
  • Sick time and vacation time
  • Ten company paid holidays 
  • Employee discounts to Interlochen events and performances 


Interlochen Center for the Arts provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion (religious creed), age, disability status, genetics, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
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Interlochen, MI
United States
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