Job Description:

Montana Public Radio (MTPR) KUFM invites applications for a Butte Reporter. This position works remotely in Butte under the daily supervision of the MTPR News Director with moderate independence following assigned methods, priorities, and timelines for completing news for broadcast. The position will also coordinate with the MTPR News Director on news content production and delivery. The reporter must adhere to professional journalism standards and accommodate complex and rapidly changing circumstances under deadline pressure. This position may supervise student interns.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • News research using internet, newspapers, and other news sources.
  • Develop and maintain news sources.
  • Produce and deliver newscast reports and feature length stories using field recording kits, audio equipment and computers.
  • Upload audio, video, and text content to website, podcasting platforms, and social media platforms as appropriate.
  • Represent Montana Public Radio in Butte and answer public inquiries about the station and news policy.

The reporter will develop knowledge on their beat of Butte and Southwest Montana, including but not limited to: rural issues, environmental issues, veterans’ affairs, the natural resources industry, and tourism.


Required Skills

  • Knowledge of journalism ethics and standards of fairness and balance.
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills.
  • Significant technical knowledge of media computer applications, audio recording units, digital cameras, video equipment, audio mixers and audio editing program.
  • Ability to research and comprehend complex issues and translate them into clear, concise news reports.
  • Ability to interview, record, write and digitally edit audio, video and still photography files.
  • Professional demeanor, behavior, and ability to interact with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to post audio, video and photography online across multiple platforms.
  • Ability to convert radio broadcast content to online reports.
  • Ability to perform under deadline pressures and highly emotional circumstances.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field.
  • Two (2) years of experience in a reporting role, preferably in public radio or television.

About Montana Public Radio and UM

Montana Public Radio is a public service of the University of Montana and is licensed to the Montana University System. MTPR began as a student training facility in 1965. Since then we have become a media network serving western and central Montana and beyond.  MTPR is an NPR affiliate with a robust Montana news team including bureaus in Missoula, the Flathead and Helena.

MTPR produces about 50 percent of our program content. We broadcast to a population of about 500,000 Montanans, with an estimated weekly audience of 70,000 listeners. We have about 7,000 members who support the station financially, providing about 75 percent of our annual operating funds.

Montana Public Radio enriches the mind and spirit, inspires a lifetime of learning, and connects communities through access to exceptional programming. Montana Public Radio will be the essential and trusted source for information and cultural programs. Montana Public Radio has at its foundation the core values of independence, excellence, integrity and innovation.

The University of Montana is a flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.  The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

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Missoula, MT
United States
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Full time
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