North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc, dba KERA, the PBS and NPR affiliate of North Texas, is a not-for-profit public media organization reaching the fifth-largest media market in the United States through KERA TV, KERA 90.1 FM and music station KXT 91.7. For nearly 60 years, North Texans have turned to KERA as a vibrant destination for community engagement and lifelong learning. KERA produces original multimedia content, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs, and provides online resources at a constellation of websites, including kera.org, keranews.org, kxt.org and artandseek.org.
KERA seeks an enterprising multimedia reporter to explore life on the financial edge and lead its award-winning “One Crisis Away” project. The reporter will deliver insightful and deeply reported stories that put a human face on poverty, the economy and issues surrounding them.
The ideal candidate is an accomplished radio and digital reporter who is eager to build a community around this topic and take a lead role in public engagement events and videos for KERA’s digital platforms and television.
Depth, innovation and collaboration will be at the center of this job: The reporter will be equally adept at covering breaking news, creating narratives from deep dives into research, cultivating sources and producing one-of-a-kind audio, video and digital projects. The job will be based in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, and will have statewide and national reach. .
This person is a dynamic team player who is comfortable in a fast-turnaround, live production environment. The ideal candidate is excited by the possibilities of public media and of the evolving media landscape in North Texas and beyond.
• Create engaging audio and digital stories from reporting, interviews, data and analysis. Bring a distinctive style and approach and find creative ways to report on an issue that touches almost everyone. The goal: High impact with deep substance.
• Work collaboratively as part of KERA’s team to build expertise, contribute compelling story ideas, and experiment with innovative storytelling techniques to create a new initiative from the ground up.
• Build and maintain a community around the beat – locally, statewide and nationally. Create, curate and participate in in-person and social media events and campaigns.
• Cover breaking news in North Texas and beyond for KERA News. Develop distinctive stories, from quick turns to in-depth projects, focused in the KERA listening area; and tailor content to multiple platforms for KERA.
• Participate in KERA news meetings and on-air fundraising campaigns, and represent KERA in the community as assigned.
• Passion for and experience in journalism about poverty and the economy.
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field or equivalent required.
• 3-5 years of journalism and/or podcasting experience, with proven research, writing, and reporting skills.
• Experience building a beat, developing topical expertise and bringing a fresh perspective to vital issues.
• Ability to generate dynamic, creative story ideas.
• Strong audio reporting and production skills, and comfort behind a microphone.
• Eagerness to explore and develop innovative digital, social and video skills.
• Agility to shift journalistic modes quickly and nimbly: from deadline reporting to developing explainers; from deep investigative work to producing live events.
• The highest journalistic and ethical standards, with an absolute dedication to accuracy, fairness and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity in reporting and sourcing. Ability to work within a diverse team with varying perspectives, ideas and life experience.
• Passionate and enthusiastic about public media journalism and serving a diverse North Texas audience on the air and online.
• Valid Texas Driver’s License and insurance required for assignments/activities that involve work outside of the office.
• Deep experience in reporting about poverty and the economy.
• Proven record of excellence in public radio journalism.
• Experience with one or more of the following: multimedia production, particularly photography or video; hands-on audio editing and innovative audio storytelling; working with one or more content management systems; other relevant technical expertise.
• Deep knowledge of North Texas people, cultures, issues, and geography as well as national and international issues, and events.
• Fluent in multiple languages.
HOW TO APPLY
Please provide a resume, a cover letter summarizing professional accomplishments and qualifications and at least recent audio/digital work samples. Please include how you found out about this position in your cover letter. Submit this information as you prefer to:
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax to: 214-740-9323
Mail to: KERA, Attn. Human Resources, 3000 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75201
North Texas Public Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer