Job Description:

The Public’s Radio, serving Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, is searching for a journalist to primarily source and produce long-form stories and newscast items about the South Coast and southeastern communities of Massachusetts.

Topic areas are general, as assigned by the managing editor in Providence.

The South Coast journalist is based at The Public’s Radio South Coast bureau office located in the Star Store in downtown New Bedford.  The bureau is the journalist’s base of operations, but s/he is expected to travel a wide geographic area to encompass coverage of the communities stretching from Seekonk to Marion along the South Coast of Massachusetts.

The Public Radio’s South Coast Bureau also serves as a place for members of the public to meet with the South Coast journalist, as an occasional live remote broadcast location, and as a training center for up to two intern/mentees assigned to the South Coast Journalist.

The South Coast Journalist is responsible for writing, audio and video production and editing at the bureau’s facility in collaboration with the Public Radio’s editorial staff.

Bilingual fluency in English and either Portuguese or Spanish is desirable.

The South Coast Reporter must strictly adhere to the Public Radio’s editorial standards and conflict of interest policies.


Develop and produce in-depth broadcast-ready radio/video pieces as assigned including:

-           Story research & source development

-           Conduct and record interviews

-           Obtain supplemental material as needed

-           Write and record scripts

-           Broadcast live two-way extemporaneous reporting

-           Be capable of basic photography and video recording for web use.

-           Edit and time recorded material

-           Complete revisions as assigned


Develop story ideas and cultivate sources:

-           Research daily through primary sources—community contact and interaction should be the way in which most stories are enterprised.  Awareness of regional newspapers, press releases & other sources is expected.

-           Identify individuals who can provide expert opinions and insight.

-           Conduct informational interviews and personal discussions with legislators, officials, community leaders, experts and observers.

-           Contribute story and production ideas and provide feedback on ideas presented by other members of the news staff at daily editorial meetings, held telephonically, and monthly meetings held in person at the newsroom in Providence.


Develop and produce short news stories for inclusion in newscasts

-           Duties are similar to in-depth pieces

-           Work with the managing editor in preparing short stories for broadcast


Other Duties:

-           Conduct community conversations both informally and in forum settings for audio and video archiving/and broadcast.

-           Substitute for News Anchors or Program Hosts as assigned.

-           Participate in on-air fundraisers.

-           Participate in station promotional events.

-           Other duties as assigned by the News Director or General Manager.



-           At least one year of professional reporting experience.

-           Creative thinker with an interest in personal storytelling and innovative use of sound, video and social media.

-           Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies.

-           Bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese a plus.



Job Location: 
Providence, RI
United States
Job Category: 
Friday, December 7, 2018
Job Type: 
Full time
Send Application Materials To: 

Apply online only to  by December 7th, 2018, using “South Coast Journalist” in the subject line with a cover letter, resume, and three work samples provided as attachments or URLs. Work samples should include at least one audio sample. Please indicate how you learned about the job opening. 

No Phone Calls Please.   The Public’s Radio does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, or sexual orientation. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.