Do you thrive on the rush of covering important news and breaking stories? Do you yearn to cover the story of the moment, the story that everyone’s talking about? Or maybe you want to create stories that will get people talking and reacting – or get them to think deeper about the world around them.
Connecticut Public, Connecticut’s statewide NPR and PBS service, is looking for a reporter who can tackle daily news stories – from breaking news to general assignment – for our radio and digital audiences. The reporter will be based in Fairfield County and focus on stories in southern Connecticut and Fairfield County, a fast-growing county near New York City.
One day, you may be covering breaking news at the scene of the story – or interviewing community advocates in a neighborhood. Another day, you may be attending a press conference with elected leaders or arranging phone or virtual interviews with experts. The ideal reporter will be able to identify the deeper issues that are underneath daily news developments and find ways to tackle those bigger, in-depth stories over time.
At Connecticut Public, we’re working to build something special. We’re expanding our newsroom to better cover communities across the state. We’re striving to be a newsroom that has high standards and high expectations and where people do the best work of their careers. We want to be a place where journalists can be their authentic selves and be creative and imaginative, producing journalism that’s relevant, impactful, meaningful and memorable.
If you don’t have all of the skills below, don’t worry; we’re committed to helping you build the skills to thrive in this role.
The Fairfield County general assignment/breaking news reporter tackles daily news stories across Fairfield County and southern Connecticut, from breaking news to general assignment, for broadcast and digital audiences. This person is based in Fairfield County, and can also report on stories wherever they may happen, but will develop a strong beat around the most important and interesting stories in the Fairfield region. The reporter prepares broadcast and digital coverage components – short broadcast stories for newscasts, often on a quick deadline, while also developing website stories. In this fast-paced job, the reporter is often out in the community, in person, covering breaking news at the scene of the story, tracking down and interviewing sources in neighborhoods, attending press conferences with elected leaders and arranging phone or virtual interviews with experts. This reporter is also able to identify the deeper issues that are underneath daily news developments and finds ways to tackle those bigger, in-depth stories over time via features, interviews and special digital projects.
The General Assignment | Breaking News Reporter provides a wide range of services. Applicants must have the ability to complete the following essential job functions:
- Be inclusive, interviewing people from a variety of backgrounds, especially people who are underrepresented in media.
- Build sources, develop ideas and work with editors and colleagues on daily broadcast and digital stories, as well as longer-term stories.
- Collaborate with the newsroom and other departments on optimal placement of stories, whether it be a local radio newscast, online or via NPR.
- Collaborate with visual journalists every step of the way – as an assignment emerges and at the scene of a story.
Edit audio, focusing on compelling soundbites and sound-rich scenes.
- Record audio in person in the field and on assignment; record audio in virtual settings; record audio from livestreams.
- Research, write, report, edit and voice a wide variety of stories and series for radio and online, as well as social media.
- Transcend the daily news agenda to tell impactful, important, sound-rich stories about people.
- Work with editors and colleagues to help set our newsroom’s daily coverage agenda.
- Write broadcast stories and digital stories.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
The Reporter has many responsibilities. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Additional duties may, at times, be required.
- Carry out most responsibilities in the field or in the office, be readily available for collaboration and consultation within the newsroom and across the organization, and fill in with reporting needs as circumstances require.
- Serve as a resource for talk shows, and appear occasionally on the air as a guest.
- Serve as fill-in host and on-air fundraiser as needed.
- Work to diversify voices in CT Public news coverage on air and online.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- AP and NPR style.
- Editing and news tools that support reporting, including Word, Excel, Audition, and digital editing apps.
Microsoft Office applications, including O365suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Smartsheets and Outlook).
- Mission and purpose of CT Public.
- News judgement and an understanding of how to write for radio and broadcast about state and New England regional issues and current events.
- A diverse sense of storytelling in words, audio and video.
- Attention to detail, scheduling and strong organizational skills.
- Audio editing; in lieu of audio editing, a strong interest in sound-rich storytelling.
- Collaborating across the newsroom using strong interpersonal skills.
- Embracing and encouraging the use of new techniques and technologies.
- News judgment and outstanding writing and editing skills.
- Reporting and writing for a digital audience to expand and grow our digital presence.
- Telling local journalism with impact and possessing the courage to take on difficult subjects.
- Adjust on the fly during interviews.
- Be a self-starter who takes initiative and brings story ideas to editors on a regular basis.
- Maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness that meet CT Public, NPR and PBS standards in order to produce regional and national-quality broadcasting.
- Possess a visceral distaste for office politics and gossip.
- Possess initiative and self-motivation, and work with minimal supervision.
- Take creative direction, feedback and constructive criticism from supervisors and colleagues with grace.
- Work with reporters, editors and producers in environments that include remote offices.
- Work in fast-paced environment making smart, fast, solid editorial decisions, under pressure, under strict deadlines.
The General Assignment | Breaking News Reporter will often be in the field and conducting in-person interviews throughout the state of Connecticut with emphasis on Fairfield County. This position may be exposed to adverse environmental conditions, specifically during field work. Other job functions are performed under conditions such as those found in general office work. There is a potential some remote work, but the expectation of this position is to be on-site. Travel within the state and to our geographically-separated offices will be required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
The physical activities of this position may include frequent in-person interactions. It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer workstation for prolonged periods, perform computer-related tasks, and create/maintain filing systems. Must have close visual acuity to perform an activity, such as preparing and analyzing reports and information, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal, or extensive reading. The typical physical requirements are: light work—exerting up to 25lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 10lbs of force frequently and may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time, hourly non-exempt position. It is the nature of the position to experience non-standard working hours and be on-call when needed for story development or breaking news. Reporters traditionally perform work Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., although weekend shifts or early-morning or evening shifts may be required. Travel throughout the state is required, but most emphasis on travel will be within the Fairfield County Region.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, or a similar field from an accredited university AND at least two to three (2-3) years of direct and sustained professional journalism experience AND/OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Strong record of achievement in reporting is preferred.
Applications are only accepted through our career portal: https://ctpublic.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/107?c=ctpublic