The Gulf States Newsroom is hiring an environmental justice reporter to join our award-winning regional team covering important stories across Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.
Who We Are: The Gulf States Newsroom is an exciting partnership between public radio stations in Mississippi (MPB-Mississippi Public Broadcasting), Louisiana (WWNO and WRKF), Alabama (WBHM) and NPR. We’re working together as a regional newsroom to plan coverage, share resources and add reporting power in a story-rich region where too many local news outlets have disappeared. It’s part of NPR’s collaborative journalism network, an initiative designed to better connect NPR with local member stations to represent what’s happening around the United States.
About the Role: This reporter will be based in Jackson, Mississippi, employed by MPB and will report to the managing editor of the Gulf States Newsroom. This reporter will join a team of award-winning regional reporters and editors who cover health care, wealth and poverty and race and equity. They will pitch in on local coverage of their beat for MPB and other partner stations and will have the opportunity to file for NPR often. A spirit of collaboration is key!
This beat will center the people most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the communities that are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards and poor public policy. They will dig into history and the forces that have shaped Alabama’s Black Belt, the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley.”
This is a full-time position that is eligible for full benefits including medical, life, dental and vision, ten paid holidays and a 401(a) retirement plan. Funding for this position is guaranteed through December 2023; the Gulf States Newsroom intends to raise funds to sustain the position beyond that period.
The Gulf States Newsroom is dedicated to training and strengthening reporting power, so if you are passionate about telling these stories, but don’t check all of the boxes we’ve outlined here – please apply! Tell us about the skills that make you uniquely qualified for this position.
- Pitch, plan, report and produce audio and digital feature stories to air/publish locally, regionally and often nationally.
- Develop a robust network of sources that reflect the diversity of the region.
- Report local and regional news spots as assigned by the Gulf States Newsroom Managing Editor.
- Collaborate with editors and show staff at local stations to shape on-air two-way discussions.
- Take photos for website
- Use social media to share work and develop contacts
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
- A total of at least two years of full-time reporting and/or producing experience.
- Ability to stay organized and meet deadlines for long and quick-turn assignments.
- Willingness to travel to report stories across Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.
- Experience with audio editing software and audio field reporting
- Prior experience covering reproductive rights and/or health care
- Experience with public records requests and data reporting
- Familiarity with the Gulf States region.
- Ability to speak a language besides English