Job Description:

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 has an immediate opportunity for a highly qualified individual to join the KERA team as the “One Crisis Away” Reporter.

POSITION SUMMARY

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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

• 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.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

• 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.

PREFERRED SKILLS

• 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.

Organization: 
Job Location: 
Dallas, TX
United States
Job Category: 
Reporting
Deadline: 
Job Type: 
Full time
Hours Per Week: 
40.00
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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: resume@kera.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

Phone: 
(214) 740-9288