WAMU is seeking a creative, flexible, and resourceful full-time General Assignment Reporter to help carry out its regional news agenda across broadcast and digital platforms.
The ideal candidate is an effective and imaginative storyteller with a keen sense of how to shape content to suit different audiences--both on air (via local newscasts, live two-ways, feature stories, etc.) and online (via WAMU.org and social media platforms). While the reporter will regularly contribute on-air feature stories, he/she should have a well-developed sense of how to create digital content that is compelling, sharable, visual, and impactful.
Degree in journalism or related field required.
- 3-plus years reporting for radio, TV, or online
- Top-notch writing and reporting skills
- Experience building a beat and developing topical expertise
- Experience with multimedia production, particularly photo or video
- Inscrutable journalistic ethics
- Hands-on audio editing abilities
- Impeccable research and reporting skills
- Experience with 1 or more content management systems (ideally Wordpress)
- Experience building audiences for content across social platforms
- Journalistic agility, or the ability to shift comfortably between writing radio scripts, online news articles, explainers, short and longer pieces
- Experience building audience connections using social media
- Experience mining social media platforms for story ideas, angles, and sources
- Willingness to try new storytelling methods, and adapt to changing platforms and audience needs
- Able to work collaboratively with others
- Ability to write “sticky” headlines that quickly encapsulate a story
- Coding skills a plus
- Knowledge of the Washington region
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
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