Job Description:

Bioscience & Medicine Reporter

Texas Public Radio

San Antonio

 

Texas Public Radio is seeking an experienced, knowledgeable reporter to cover the bioscience and medical industry in South Central Texas. The job is based in San Antonio, where one in every six jobs is in bioscience or medicine thanks to two medical schools, a military medical complex, and biomedical research facilities as well as many hospitals and clinics. We are looking for someone who can combine scientific and technical accuracy with compelling story telling that will engage our listeners on issues such as research innovation, economic impact and the quest for healthy living.

Texas Public Radio is a mission-driven, award-winning, multimedia organization serving an audience of more than 200,000 across a wide expanse of the state.  Our growing newsroom includes a 14-person team of reporters, hosts, editors and producers who serve our local and regional audiences. We are part of a strong statewide Texas Station Collaborative that allows us to provide even richer content and programming.

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Conceive, propose, plan, research and produce stories and program segments for both broadcast and digital distribution. 

Make appropriate, timely, and effective independent decisions, in coordination with the editor, regarding issues to be covered.

Build knowledge of the beat, bioscience and medicine, in order to produce original content with the highest level of credibility.

Keep up-to-date on issues in a variety of local and regional topics and actively participate in the community and digital engagement processes as one method of determining stories and sources.

Utilize social media applications to disseminate news to and engage the TPR audience.

Participate in the production of special programming. 

Cover other stories as needed. 

Participate in community activities such as town hall meetings and panel discussions.

Identify opportunities for additional coverage by others in TPR’s newsroom and share technical knowledge and sources.

Participate appropriately in station fundraising and sponsorship activities and live events.

Fulfill administrative obligations related to assignments, including filing prompt and accurate program information/summaries, maintaining contact with and keeping the News managers informed about assignments, keeping appropriate files and submitting timely expense reports.

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications or related field, or equivalent experience.  Degree in a scientific field is a plus.

 

EXPERIENCE:

A minimum of three years reporting experience.  Experience writing and producing news on multiple platforms and using social media.  Experience covering health and science topics.  Broadcast experience preferred. Spanish language a plus. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Demonstrated sound news judgment.

Exceptional organizational and time management skills, including the ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.

Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including editing and proofreading.

Ability to understand complex science and health topics and make them relatable to TPR’s listeners.

Technologically versatile, proficient in Microsoft Office software, with willingness to expand skills.  Multi-media skills, including experience producing or editing digital media, are desirable.

Demonstrated professionalism and personal relationship skills, including the ability to work well with other team members.

Self-motivated, with a “willing spirit” and the ability to work efficiently with limited direct supervision.

Able to work extended hours as needed and to travel, sometimes on short notice.

Must have valid standard Class C driver’s license and transportation.

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS:

Finger Dexterity: Using fingers to make small movements such as typing or picking up small objects.

Talking: Frequently conveying information, instructions, ideas clearly and quickly.

Hearing: Able to hear average or normal conversations, in person or by phone.

Repetitive Motions: Frequently and regularly using the wrists, hands, and fingers.

Visual: Average, ordinary, visual acuity necessary to prepare or inspect documents or other materials.

Physical: Ability to travel. May have to lift papers, books, recording equipment and other items weighing up to 10 lbs. 

 

Organization: 
Job Location: 
San Antonio, TX
United States
Job Category: 
Reporting
Job Type: 
Full time
Send Application Materials To: 

Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, writing and audio samples, three references, with contact information, and salary requirements to: hr2017@tpr.org. No phone calls please. TPR is an EOE employer. Please indicate where you saw ad when applying.

 

Texas Public Radio

Attn: Bioscience and Medicine Reporter Search

8401 Datapoint Drive

Suite 800

San Antonio, TX 78229