The Faces of 90.5 WESA
LJC Reporter Needed
Fri January 24, 2014
PA Local Journalism Center - Keystone Crossroads - 90.5 WESA Reporter
Posted January 24, 2014 and Open Until Filled
A shrinking tax base, crumbling infrastructure, and enormous budget deficits are just some of the challenges facing Pennsylvania cities. By combining smart storytelling with energetic civic engagement 90.5 WESA is working to help Pennsylvanians see the challenges of their cities more clearly, understand how they are related, and create a forum for potential solutions at both local and state levels. As a part of this collaborative project with WHYY in Philadelphia, WPSU in Central Pennsylvania, and WITF in Harrisburg, the Keystone Crossroads Reporter is responsible for reporting on infrastructure, economic, legal and financial issues facing Pennsylvania cities.
This is a full-time, salary exempt, two-year grant based position reporting to the Project Editor, Keystone Crossroads, at WHYY in Philadelphia with dotted line reporting to the WESA 90.5fm Pittsburgh Senior News Editor. WHYY is the host station for Keystone Crossroads, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Local Journalism Center grant funded project.
The ideal candidate is an engaging story teller with strong reporting and writing abilities and two to three years of journalism experience, preferably in radio, but also requires cross-platform experience/exposure. The reporter must be comfortable producing content for radio and the web, be able to produce high quality photographs to supplement their stories, have knowledge of audio editing software, and have the ability to appear on television and to participate in community engagement events. Reporters must be able to work flexible hours, have a valid driver's license and access to transportation as they are required to be on location at a story with little notice.
This position demands a high level of creativity in attaining hard to get sources, and it is critical that the reporter is able to display good judgment in properly assessing the newsworthiness of their subject as well as its appeal to the listener/reader. An understanding of how to obtain useful information through database focused research and use it to the benefit of an engaging story is strongly preferred. The position requires the ability to work effectively in a deadline driven environment.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Field reporting for broadcast and the web.
· Provide story ideas regarding issues facing Pennsylvania cities.
· Develop and write stories, features and interviews.
· Perform editing, voice work and production of a piece.
· Coordinate and co-produce special projects with Project Editor and reporters from partner stations.
· Use social media to cultivate contacts and promote work and project.
· Cultivate new contacts with sources and news makers.
· Work closely with other reporters, sharing information and stories.
· Handle general assignment reporting as needed.
· Obtains and analyzes databases for reporting.
· Prepares stories for publishing on web.
· Take still photos and videos for web use.
· Attend and participate in community engagement events/panels.
· Appears on television as necessary.
· Work odd hours as news requires.
· Maintain regular and predictable attendance.
· Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills Required
· Education: A Bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications or the equivalent experience is required.
· Experience: Two years of journalism and on-air broadcasting experience. Must have experience creating stories both for radio, and the web; must have experience taking high quality photographs to accompany stories; must have experience with audio editing software.
· Software/ Technical Skills: This position requires knowledge of writing, broadcasting, editing, voice work and production, and a familiarity with recording equipment. Must be able to use Social Media to engage audience, promote work, and Keystone Crossroads project. Must be able to capture, upload, and edit high-quality photographs and video to accompany web stories. Must have knowledge of audio editing software.
· Interpersonal Skills: Must have good news judgment; must be able to give and receive criticism: must be able to work with a diverse group of people and have the ability to interview effectively and a strong ability to gauge the quality of potential interviewees; must have the ability to maintain high on-air standards and keep mistakes from reaching the air; must work well with those inside and outside of WESA; must work hard at maintaining contacts and sources; should have an outstanding persuasive ability for the purpose of getting people to divulge information.
· Communication/Language Skills: English and communication skills are the most important skills for this position; must have a distinct writing style and be able to edit well; insightful interviewing and stylish production skills are needed; excellent writing ability, good grammar and speech skills are essential to produce reports heard by the WESA community; language and delivery are important; listening skills and ability to analyze responses in real time are crucial. This position requires the ability to work collaboratively when having work edited.
· Problem Identification and Resolution: Must have excellent news judgment and journalistic skills; must be able to get where the news is happening and know what to do upon arrival at an event or scene; must be creative in finding sources to get the story when phone calls and emails go unanswered; must be able and willing to work overtime if necessary to get projects completed; must be able to make mature editorial judgment regarding the accuracy and news worthiness of materials; must be able to judge how interesting a report will be to the listeners; needs to be able to edit what was taped to make it run smoothly and correctly; mistakes can range from unnoticeable to major problems with the potential for lawsuit or loss of credibility over time, and can cause loss of listeners; a mistake can be heard by thousands of listeners; the margin of error is very slim. This position requires the ability to quickly resolve problems by communicating with editors and others on staff.
· Physical and Mental Demands: Must work well under tight deadline pressure and in a demanding environment; excellent organizational skills are required; needs to be able to get where the news is happening, be aware of surroundings and what needs to be done at an event; must be able to see, hear, speak, operate a computer, sit and stand for a long period of time and move freely at events; communicate in person with individuals and groups, and answer and speak on the phone; must be detail oriented, have good speech skills for frequent communication with colleagues and others outside of WESA; must be able to operate a studio control board and recording equipment; odd and unusual hours may be required to complete assignments; must have driver’s license and access to a vehicle in order to travel within region for a story on short notice.
· License or Certification: A valid driver’s license is required.
Salary commensurate with experience, medical insurance and paid medical leave policy, 403(b) plan with matching contributions, paid vacation and nine paid holidays per year.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, website/s you have contributed to and at least two related writing samples and an audio sample to LJC@wesa.fm.
No phone calls, please.
WESA is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks diversity in the workforce.
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