Job Description:

About WHYY

 

WHYY serves the Philadelphia region with trusted journalism, eye-opening storytelling and intimate local arts programming. Our curiosity and commitment to this community is what drives our programming. It’s also what drives our hiring.

 

Below you’ll find an employment opportunity in the fast-paced setting of the Philadelphia region’s leading public media provider. The award-winning professional staff of WHYY sets the bar high in television, radio and online. Whether it’s preparing a program to air or a behind-the-scenes role in support, all positions are vital to continuing—and growing—our impact in our community.

 

WHYY offers a voice to those not heard, a platform to share everyone’s stories, a foundation to empower early and lifelong learners and a trusted space for unbiased news. Learn more about our Social Responsibility Program. It’s how we live.

 

About the Role

 

 

 

WHYY News seeks a reporter to cover the New Jersey Statehouse and general assignment stories. The content produced by this reporter may be shared between NPR affiliate stations WHYY in Philadelphia and WBGO in Newark, New Jersey. The reporter will file daily radio news spots and online reports as well as occasional radio features that may air on both stations. The reporter has solid news judgment and reporting skills, and is capable of covering politics as well as general assignment stories. They must be enterprising and have breaking news and  beat reporting experience and know how to develop sources. The reporter regularly takes pictures and videos as assigned.  The reporter will be involved in special coverage plans like elections, and special projects, shows and programs. The reporter may occasionally file reports or features for NPR.  The reporter will have daily discussions with news directors and editors to plan coverage assignments.  

 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Write and produce daily and feature stories.

  • Must file a minimum of three on-air stories per week and two enterprise stories a month.

  • Should have good communications skills.

  • Conduct interviews, perform audio editing, voice work, and production of story versions that publish on both radio and web/digital platforms.

  • Pitch story ideas to your assigned editor; receive and incorporate editor feedback.

  • Attend weekly team meetings and daily budget meetings. Coordinate and co-produce special projects as assigned.

  • Cultivate new and existing contacts with sources and newsmakers.

  • Cover a wide range of topics on this NJ Statehouse beat, which may also include some general assignment storytelling encompassing New Jersey communities, government, politics, education, business and quality of life.

  • Bring a spirit of innovation, collaboration, creative consideration and recognition that hitting a word count or a proscribed number of sources is not the mark of successful reportage

  • Cultivate new contacts with sources and newsmakers.

  • Work closely with other reporters, sharing information and story ideas.

  • Produce general assignment reporting as needed.

  • Take still photos and videos, if applicable, for web use.

  • Use social media to cultivate contacts and promote work.

  • Maintain regular and predictable attendance.

  • When legislature is in session, the reporter has a command for and puts attention toward covering state government.

  • Knowledge of the Associated Press Style.

  • Available to work nights and weekends or odd hours as needed per the news cycle, as well as assigned holidays per the overall newsroom scheduling processes. Be flexible and be willing to pivot according to the demands of the news cycle.

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications or the equivalent experience is required.

 

Experience: At least two years of public radio reporting experience and a solid understanding of how state government works. 

 

Technical Skills: This position must be computer literate; must have knowledge of writing, broadcasting, editing, voice work and production, and a familiarity with recording equipment.

 

 

*This position is represented by SAG-AFTRA.

 

*All WHYY employees are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Proof will be required upon hiring.

Organization: 
Job Location: 
Philadelphia, PA
United States
Job Category: 
Reporting
Job Type: 
Full time