WFIU and WTIU News is the radio and TV NPR and PBS affiliate covering Southern and Central Indiana. Our newsroom covers a large swath of the state across all media platforms. This reporter position will focus primarily on local government and reporting in Bloomington, Indiana. We are looking for enthusiastic applicants who are eager to learn and be part of a team of hard-working and curious journalists.
Official Job Summary:
The multi-media journalist covers news of local relevance and often national significance across all beats, as directed. Works collaboratively with other journalists, and at the direction of the News Bureau Chief.
WFIU/WTIU News stories involve taking complex concepts and rendering them into accessible and compelling stories. These stories will be carefully grounded in fact, but can be moving as the subject requires. The journalist researches topics and pitches news stories, or is assigned stories by the News Bureau Chief. The journalist diversifies their sources, including ethnic, income and education level. Develops contacts and interviews sources. Maintains notes and broadcast recordings. Writes and edits reports. Produces and voices reports for air. Works with production team members or show producers to generate content.
The news stories will be produced in formats for radio newscasts, in-depth radio features, TV packages, multi-media projects and special reports as assigned. Reports that are produced can be distributed on WFIU radio news, WTIU TV news, online, through social networking and mobile. Radio and TV pieces can also be distributed across the state and across the country through NPR and PBS. The journalist produces stories in the appropriate format for online and broadcast: live on-air, copy, actuality, cut & copy, voice, wrap, feature, series, documentary, studio two-way, radio, TV, and others. The journalist is expected to seek out information not always available to the general public and then present it in a comprehensible way on the platform that makes the most sense.
The journalist will be assigned to anchor newscasts and appear as a guest or host on WTIU News programs or WFIU radio.
Bachelor's degree in Journalism or a related field and one year of professional journalism experience.
Combinations of education and related experience may be considered.
Expertise in the dominant political, social, and cultural issues of Indiana. Demonstrated experience in news and public affairs productions. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. Ability to operate efficiently and creatively, with high levels of motivation and a positive attitude. Ability to maintain diverse contact lists and files for ongoing continuity of coverage and accumulation of knowledge. Demonstrated excellence in news judgment. Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure with little supervision. Ability to think creatively about topics, sources and story angles. Ability and willingness to work unusual hours, varied shifts and extended time periods. Proven ability to work well with editors and station colleagues, demonstrating at all times a respect for all employees at RTVS. Possess excellent storytelling skills and high journalistic standards.
Radio or TV on-air experience. Ability to utilize a personal computer, radio production equipment, and newsroom and online software.
Working Conditions / Demands
Must be able to travel, view, hear, and speak. Travel needs to be accomplished to deadline requirements. Must be able to handle about 30 pounds of audio/video equipment. Must be able to remain at a computer for extended amounts of time. Working some holidays and weekends may be required.