Job Description:

Iowa Public Radio is looking for a journalism-focused content creator to join our Digital team as Digital Producer – News. This person will work in collaboration with the Digital Director and  digital team to grow IPR’s digital news audience, maximizing the digital impact of the organization’s reporting efforts. To do this, the Digital Producer - News will directly support reporters in their story creation efforts, working with them to evaluate and responsibly shape their reporting for digital audiences, including publishing, placing, and promoting reporters’ digital news, series, and other projects. The Digital Producer - News relies on audience data and testing to support their decision-making, and is additionally responsible for weekly analysis and sharing of high and low performing news content with the news team and digital staff. 

The Digital Producer – News also maintains a content and platform workflow calendar, and is responsible for daily content creation deadlines around writing, publishing and promoting news and news-related stories on the website and newsblog. This position maintains and builds upon existing engagement initiatives, and supports IPR’s newsletter portfolio by writing a portion of Daily Digest and Chatter, also serving as the primary back-up writer for both newsletters.

Iowa Public Radio, a nonprofit organization, is an award-winning public media organization.  We have a strong relationship with NPR, participate in regional collaborations and continue to develop local partnerships with music and arts organizations.  True to our mission, IPR connects Iowans to news, music, information and ideas that shape their world every day. 

Iowa Public Radio offers an excellent benefits package, including health benefits, a retirement plan with a 2-to-1 employer match, immediate accrual of vacation (16 hours monthly) and sick (12 hours monthly) time and a flexible work environment.  


  • $40,000 - $55,803


  • At least one year of experience as either an intern or full-time employee in daily reporting or supporting a journalism organization in digital reporting;
  • Experience working in multimedia and digital platforms and knowledge of content promotion strategies;
  • Familiarity with AP writing style and demonstrated skills in writing for print;
  • Firm foundation in journalism ethics, news gathering and reporting techniques;
  • Experience creating and optimizing content for search results; 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; and
  • A valid state-issued driver’s license and reliable transportation.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Media Production, Communications, English, or related field experience; 
  • Strong interest in news and news reporting and familiarity with a broad range of news topics; 
  • Experience in photojournalism or framing photos to visually tell a story; 
  • Experience building a personality and presence on at least one social media platform; and
  • A love for the internet, storytelling, and serving an informed public. 


  • Integrity: We maintain the highest standards of journalism, providing trustworthy and relevant content with meaningful context.
  • Curiosity: We serve an inquisitive audience by asking questions, seeking knowledge, and exploring new ideas.
  • Belonging: We strive to reflect Iowa’s cultural complexity by offering a supportive, equitable space for individuals and communities to tell the stories unique to their lived experiences.
  • Respect: We create a culture of respect for our audience, sources, and staff.
  • Innovation: We support creativity and embrace new ways of serving our audience.

Iowa Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin or sex is prohibited. If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination, please notify the appropriate local, state or federal agency.

Job Location: 
Des Moines, IA
United States
Job Category: 
Thursday, April 11, 2024
Job Type: 
Full time
Send Application Materials To: 

Apply through the position link on the IPR website. 

For full consideration, applications must include:

  • Cover letter or narrative detailing how your experience compares to the duties, qualifications, and functions for this position. The narrative should not exceed two pages. 
  • Three links to online journalism-based content, such as articles you have written and produced. Online content can be a web build-out of a radio story or news content that was designed to be web-only.
  • Resume.

Employment at Iowa Public Radio is dependent upon successful completion of a criminal background check including a driving record review.

IPR will accept applications through 5:00 PM Thursday, April 11, 2024. 

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