Job Description:

This is a full time, year-round professional appointment with Yellowstone Public Radio/KEMC at Montana State University Billings. 

Yellowstone Public Radio (YPR or KEMC) provides in-depth news, public affairs, and cultural programs to a large portion of Montana and northern Wyoming. Specifically YPR provides: news focusing on meaning and detail, public affairs offering complete expression of ideas including opportunity for public participation, and cultural programs expressing heritage and innovation.

YPR’s news department strives to educate, inform, and empower our listeners with high quality news and public affairs programming; pursue the truth; adhere to generally accepted public radio professional journalism standards and ethics; and participate in/represent YPR at the national, regional, state, and local journalism communities. The YPR newsroom treats our listeners/community with respect, civility, and integrity, and acts responsibly.

The Yellowstone Public Radio News Director/Host (News Director) will report directly to the Yellowstone Public Radio General Manager. The News Director will lead our award-winning News Department and manage day-to-day news operations. This includes: managing and directing all aspects of YPR’s news gathering; ensuring the editorial and professional integrity of YPR’s news formats; and managing and supervising the news staff, news anchors, and student workers/interns. The News Director is responsible for editorial planning, scheduling, and editing of local news content for both broadcast and digital platforms, as well as performing on-air hosting duties as required, including, but not limited to: hosting local news, public affairs programs, and fundraising. The News Director will have a daily air shift, either as local live host of Morning Edition or All Things Considered. This position often has irregular hours, and may include longer hours than a traditional work shift. This may involve nights, holidays, and/or weekends.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or a related field
• At least five (5) years of professional broadcast experience, preferably in public media
• Supervisory/leadership experience
• Strong, clear communication skills including writing and editing skills
• Organizational skills
• Effective interpersonal and relationship building skills
• Decision-making and problem-solving skills, including ability to make decisions quickly under pressure
• The ability to develop content for broadcast, web, and social media
• This position requires a valid driver’s license
• Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 10 pounds of field recording gear

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

• Experience supervising staff within a media field
• Experience working in public radio/media
• Reporting skills – including interviews, on-air, and breaking news






Job Location: 
Billings, MT
United States
Job Category: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Job Type: 
Full time
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(406) 657-2278