Job Description:

PLEASE NOTE: This position is Bozeman-area based with studio space located at the MSU campus in Bozeman. Training and occasional work will occur at the Yellowstone Public Radio (KEMC) station located on the MSUBcampus. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Yellowstone Public Radio provides in-depth news, public affairs and cultural programming to a large region of Montana and Wyoming. Specifically, news which focuses on meaning and detail; public affairs which offers complete expression of ideas, including opportunity for listener participation; and cultural programs expressing heritage and innovation in science, the arts and humanities.

Under the direct supervision of, and in consultation with the Yellowstone Public Radio News Director, the News Reporter/Host – Media Programmer will develop and produce news content. All stories/content for on-air and on-line will be produced in accordance with public radio’s high journalistic standards and practices. This includes, but is not limited to, standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity, and balance. The News Reporter/Host – Media Programmer will write copy/scripts for the local newscasts and for news stories using a variety of sources, including newsgathering, The Associated Press news wire, press releases, and other sources for broadcast on-air and on-line.

The News Reporter/Host – Media Programmer could be asked to have a complex board/shift control room operation that includes “live” on-air announcing and pre-determined scheduled newscasts, station identification, underwriting announcements, modular program segments, and other on-air segments/announcements. This position will perform other duties as assigned, which may include control room operator duties, hosting in other YPR news programs, station fundraising, or other public station duties.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

• Must have a Bachelor’s degree and two years of work related experience, OR a minimum of three years of broadcast and media experience
• Knowledge of journalism ethics and professional standards of objectivity, fairness, and balance
• Must have a vehicle and a valid drivers’ license
• Must be a team player with a proven ability to work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at YPR, MSUB, and the public
• Must be a self-starter who will initiate projects/assignments under the direction and supervision of the YPR news director
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Follow through to air or on-line “broadcast” on deadline driven assignments
• Knowledge of sound gathering, editing, and production for broadcast on-air and on-line
• Ability to make excellent news decisions in the selection, writing/rewriting, and placement of news stories/stacking within a newscast for on-air delivery
• Must have an authoritative, friendly, confident, conversational on-air “voice” that fits seamlessly into an NPR/public radio style
• Strong computer skills and typing proficiency
• Must work calmly under pressure
• Must be able to adapt quickly and professionally when breaking news interrupts the news gathering and delivery routine
• Must be highly attentive to detail
• Must be willing to relocate to Bozeman, Montana


Job Location: 
Billings, MT
United States
Job Category: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Job Type: 
Full time
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(406) 657-2278