KYUK News Fellow
KYUK’s mission is to serve the rural Alaska and Alaska Native population of our region and respond to issues that affect the people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Our mission is to educate, stimulate and inform as well as provide cultural enrichment, entertainment, and opportunity for public access and language maintenance for cultural survival.
About the job:
KYUK is seeking a News Fellow to cover Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The position runs one year, with opportunity for renewing for a second year. This is a great opportunity for an early career journalist or a seasoned journalist wanting to work in Alaska for a year. We’re looking for a curious, enterprising reporter who’s excited to live in this unique region and dig deep into its stories. Travel in small planes and river boats likely will be required.
The News Fellow will be responsible for producing multiple news stories per week, hosting newscasts and special programs, and uploading content to the station’s website and social media. Alaska reporting experience and Yup’ik proficiency is preferred but not required. We encourage people from nontraditional backgrounds to apply.
The News Fellow position is general assignment. However, the fellow will work with the News Director and Managing Editors to develop a beat, or coverage area, that aligns with the reporter’s skills and interests as well as the goals and mission of KYUK.
The job averages 40 hours per week with some evening and weekend work. KYUK recognizes that we are humans and not journalism machines. If you work 45 hours one week, you should expect to work 35 hours the next week.
This position reports to the News Director.
KYUK is an NPR-member public radio station, broadcasting in English and Yup’ik. In 2021, KYUK celebrated 50 years on the air. KYUK is the nation’s oldest Native owned public radio station, serving approximately 22,000 predominately Yup’ik listeners across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The region is home to 56 Alaska Native tribes and spans an area about the size of Illinois. The region is not connected to North America’s road system and is only accessible by plane or ship.
KYUK airs three daily, local newscasts in English and Yup’ik.
KYUK’s news pillars include local politics, criminal justice, health care, subsistence hunting and fishing, climate change, natural resources, education, Tribal issues, Yup’ik culture, and sled dog racing.
KYUK’s newsroom consists of one News Director/Editor, one part-time Editor, two News Reporters, and one Website Copy Editor. We closely collaborate with colleagues in our Multimedia Department and Radio Programming Department. KYUK partners with the Alaska Public Radio Network, sharing news content and collegial support with public radio station across the state. We also collaborate on reporting with the state’s largest newspaper Anchorage Daily News.
KYUK stories air regularly on the statewide, daily news program Alaska News Nightly and frequently on NPR and National Native News.
KYUK has a decorated history. In the 2020 journalism awards season, KYUK won three Regional Edward R. Murrow awards, six Alaska Press Club awards, and five Society of Professional Journalists awards.
To learn more about working at KYUK, read this Transom essay by KYUK News Director Anna Rose MacArthur. Read this essay by former KYUK News Reporter Greg Kim, who is now working as a staff reporter at The Seattle Times.
This position requires living in Bethel, with the option of working from home some of the time. All current full-time staff members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary range: $53,000 to $68,000
The News Fellow position is a salaried, exempt position with health care benefits, paid sick leave, and paid vacation leave. KYUK matches 5% of 403(b) retirement contributions. KYUK observes 16 work holidays throughout the year, including the Summer Solstice, which is a high holiday in subarctic Alaska.
Send resume, cover letter, three references, and three work samples that you reported and produced yourself to KYUK News Director Anna Rose MacArthur (she/her) at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have reporting samples, please send three writing samples.
The position is open until filled. Applications will begin being reviewed May 16, 2022.