KYUK Public Media is recruiting for an experienced journalist for Alaska’s Energy Desk, our Alaska Regional Journalism Collaboration (RJC), funded by a major grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The partner organizations have dedicated a team of reporters, editors and producers to provide in-depth coverage of energy and environment issues in Alaska for statewide and national audiences.
The reporter’s top priority will be covering the proposed Donlin Gold mine, one of North America’s largest proposed gold resources. Other coverage priorities include subarctic climate change as well as rural energy issues and infrastructure development. This is an exciting opportunity to work on a high impact news capacity-building effort at a dynamic time in Alaska in a region experiencing some of the most accelerated climate change repercussions in the nation.
KYUK is a public radio and television station, broadcasting in English and Yup’ik, the indigenous regional language. We are the only station in the country hosting daily, indigenous-language newscasts. KYUK serves approximately 22,000 predominately Yup’ik listeners across the Delta, home to 56 Alaska Native communities, an area about the size of Oregon. Travel will be required.
The reporter will complement the Alaska's Energy Desk’s 11-member team. This position is TERM FUNDED for 12 months with the possibility of extending beyond the initial year.
The News Reporter will work closely with the Alaska's Energy Desk Managing Editor, KYUK, and the content team to:
1. Cover specific beats and report on local and regional issues relating to energy and environment in Alaska.
2. Produce news reports for a variety of media platforms including radio, television, web and social media.
The News Reporter will also be part of the KYUK Newsroom and will be responsible for:
1. Producing frequent stories
2. Hosting newscasts and special programs
3. Uploading content to the station’s website and social media
To learn about working as a KYUK news reporter, read this Transom essay by KYUK News Director Anna Rose MacArthur: http://transom.org/2016/reporting-rural-alaska/
Skills and Qualifications
1. News reporting, writing, editing, interviewing and media production skills for broadcast, web or print. (R)
2. Knowledge of Alaska issues, trends and interests. (P)
3. Ability to present stories in multiple media formats, including digital platforms, TV and radio. (R)
4. Ability to think creatively about telling stories on complex issues in new and engaging ways. (R)
5. Ability to work under pressure and on deadline. (R)
6. A bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field. (P)
7. Yup’ik speaking. (P)
The Alaska’s Energy Desk collaboration is a partnership between six media organizations. Managing partner KTOO in Juneau operates the 360 North statewide public affairs channel and three public radio stations – KTOO, KRNN and KXLL. Anchorage-based Alaska Public Media operates APRN, the statewide news network, along with KSKA-FM and KAKM-TV. KUCB operates KUCB radio and TV in the remote Aleutian Island community of Unalaska. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner has been the journalistic voice of Interior Alaska for over a hundred years in print and now online. KBRW operates the northernmost public radio station in Alaska serving all of the North Slope communities across 88,000 square miles. KYUK Public Media in Bethel provides public radio and TV to 56 Alaska Native villages across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Deadline: Open until filled with an initial screening of applicants on February 1, 2018. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Salary: Depending on experience, plus competitive benefits including health insurance, retirement plan, paid leave and holidays.
To apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, three references, and five audio samples with scripts to email@example.com.
KYUK is an Equal Opportunity Employer.