Job Description:

Initiative Overview

StateImpact Pennsylvania is an award-winning data-driven reporting project focused on the fiscal and environmental impact of Pennsylvania’s energy industry, including natural gas drilling, coal, renewables, and nuclear power.

As a CPB-funded Regional Journalism Collaborative, StateImpact PA is an effort among WESA in Pittsburgh, WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia, and NPR’s energy and environment desks. Your stories will be distributed across the state and air nationally. This full-time exempt position reports to the StateImpact Editor (who will be based in Harrisburg) and the WESA News Director.

Position Overview: Major Responsibilities

·        Research, report, write, and produce multimedia spot and feature stories for StateImpact and WESA’s air and digital platforms, at a rate that meets productivity goals

·        Consistently generate and pitch creative, thoughtful and original story ideas in multiple media, while executing assignments from newsroom managers

·        Be skilled at mixing and editing one’s own audio reports, including in the field

·        Be skilled at writing crisp, clear news reports on deadline for web

·        Be willing and able to take still photos and video in the field

·        Use social media to break news, engage audiences and cultivate sources

·        Be willing to work during off hours and weekends as needed

·        Make public appearances as opportunity arises to enhance WESA’s brand

·        Participate in on-air and online fundraising as needed

·        Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills Required

·        Bachelor’s degree in journalism-related field or equivalent experience / training

·        Three or more years of reporting in a professional newsroom environment, including expertise in developing a major beat

·        Background in covering government or the energy industry is preferred

·        Strong on-air and digital reporting, writing and technical skills

·        Ability to gather quality field audio, to edit and mix ably for use on air or digital platforms

·        Self-motivated team player with a track record of producing daily news stories and features of interest to local audiences

·        Sound and ethical judgment, with a commitment to objectivity, balance and fairness

·        Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment

·        Knowledge of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania politics is helpful

·        Creativity and sound judgment in social media usage

·        Ability to travel throughout the region and work flexible hours when necessary, including reliable vehicle, current driver license, clean driving record, and adequate auto insurance

Job Location: 
Pittsburgh, PA
United States
Job Category: 
Reporting
Job Type: 
Full time
Send Application Materials To: 

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter, resume, at least three samples of work relevant to this position, and three references to stateimpact@wesa.fm. In your response, let us know how you heard about the position.

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation offers:

Salary commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package that includes medical insurance, paid medical leave, 403(b) plan with matching contributions, paid vacation and holidays and a workplace culture that is fun, diverse and innovative.

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