Valley Public Radio is looking for a dynamic and enterprising reporter to cover politics and government throughout the seven county region we serve. The reporter should be able to break down public policies on topics as diverse as police reform, homelessness and downtown revitalization, and translate these policies into character and sound-driven stories that make for driveway moments for our radio listeners. The qualified reporter will be able to report equally well in rural and urban settings and will seek out the important and sometimes lesser known stories from local city and county governments, all the while holding elected officials accountable.
The position involves reporting, writing and assembling daily and feature-length news content for broadcast on the station and for digital platforms. The ideal candidate is a gifted journalist with excellent storytelling and writing skills, solid news judgment and a knack for cultivating sources. This beat may overlap with education and even general assignment reporting, so flexibility is paramount.
KVPR is the NPR affiliate station for California’s San Joaquin Valley. We’re based in Fresno County right outside three of the nation’s most popular national parks (Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon) and we’re one of the few places you can get homemade mochi and some of the best tacos in the state, within a few blocks from each other. Clovis and Fresno are affordable cities to call home base for this position.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Report, write, edit and assemble original content for the station’s broadcast and digital platforms, including both daily and feature-length coverage
· Tell sound-rich stories in compelling and creative ways with diverse sources
· Share station journalism on a variety of platforms and settings including the web, social media, and at station events
· Meet deadlines and work creatively and under pressure with a small but ambitious newsroom
· Participate in on-air fundraising and other fundraising activities
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
· Superior writing and communication skills
· Digital audio recording and editing skills
· Proficiency with Word, Excel and social media platforms
· Must be able to write, edit and produce content consistent with the NPR style
· A passion for public radio news values
· At least three years of journalism / broadcast production experience preferred
· Fluency in a second language preferred
· College degree, preferably in journalism, communications or a related field
· Must have a valid California driver’s license and reliable transportation
· Even if you don’t fit every requirement, we encourage interested candidates to apply
Send resume, three references, a cover letter and a link to three work samples to email@example.com. In your cover letter, include these two elements: Choose a Valley Public Radio story from the past year and describe in 150 words or less how you would tell it differently; and after familiarizing yourself with San Joaquin Valley politics, pitch a story idea that Valley Public Radio hasn’t covered and describe how you would tell the story. You may address the cover letter to news director, Alice Daniel.
Valley Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer, located at 2589 Alluvial Ave, Clovis, CA 93611