Job Description:

*This is a grant funded position and requires a background check

The Statewide Labor and Employment Reporter covers issues and policies related to employment and how workers find, train for and keep or leave jobs. They produce daily and enterprise reporting, build relationships with communities across Indiana and find the human stories at the heart of policy decisions. This role explains complicated issues, helps people understand the many ways labor and employment policies affect their lives and responds to community needs and questions. The reporter uses research, data, community engagement and deep sourcing to tell stories focused on accountability, access and solutions for statewide and national audiences, including NPR and PBS.


Indiana Public Broadcasting News is a thriving statewide collaboration of NPR and PBS newsrooms across Indiana. We believe people with greater access to trusted, timely and relevant information build stronger communities, and we prioritize journalism that meets the needs of the many diverse communities across the state.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, valuing and respecting the many experiences and perspectives across our team, stations, and communities.
  • Build expertise on the labor and employment beat, get to know the communities in Indiana, actively participate in engagement efforts, commit to diversity in sources and coverage
  • Report and produce daily news stories and feature stories on deadline for radio, television and digital that are timely and relevant, add context, and include voices and perspectives that represent the wide variety of communities across Indiana. 
  • Write and produce high-quality digital stories and take photos for web and social, appropriate for distribution to IPB News partners. Build online posts using the NPR content management system. Contribute ideas for interactive graphics and web videos and collaborate to produce them 
  • Participate fully in the IPB News engagement process as one way of identifying relevant ideas, topics and sources, including listening sessions, community conversations and other events. Provide input on community engagement strategies to Community Engagement Manager and Digital Editor
  • Report complex stories quickly; bring complicated ideas to air with limited direction from editor
  • Collaborate daily and work closely with the 13-person statewide IPB News team, contributing to editorial meetings and working collaboratively to conceive and execute stories and series
  • Collaborate with station partners to prioritize issues, expand coverage and reduce duplication
  • Contribute to live events and live or taped talk shows and other audio programs, podcasts and video segments  
  • This position requires regular travel throughout Indiana to report on labor issues across the state
  • Other duties as assigned

 

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
 

Required:

  • High School Diploma
  • One year of journalism experience or equivalent training or coursework

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of labor, employment and/or education policy and labor law
  • Experience doing work in a radio and/or tv setting
  • Experience with video production
  • Experience reporting with documents and data
  • Familiarity with public broadcasting


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

 

Required:

  • Proven ability to identify and originate stories that are relevant to diverse communities, report accurately and quickly, and meet deadlines
  • Expertise in reporting including strong writing, reporting and interviewing skills
  • Ability to produce – or quickly learn to produce – video news content
  • Adept in a collaborative team environment with a high level of personal motivation
  • Competence in delivering live reports and engaging in two-way communication.
  • Capacity to tackle difficult projects
  • Aptitude to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects
  • Ability to produce compelling storytelling and originality in writing
Preferred: 
  • Ability to speak Spanish
Organization: 
Job Location: 
Indianapolis, IN
United States
Job Category: 
Reporting
Job Type: 
Full time
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