American Public Media
  • Marketplace - 16GA
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Yes, Benefits

Position Summary

Marketplace is looking for two temporary general assignment reporters to provide vacation backup coverage for Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace digital. These positions will run from on or about July 1 to on or about Sept. 6.

At Marketplace, we specialize in the under-covered story and the surprising angle on the news. Our relaxed, casual style comes from the knowledge built from serious reporting. As a general assignment reporter, your goal is to raise the economic intelligence of our audiences, explaining business and economics in a way that helps listeners and readers understand complicated issues.

You will report on everything from corporate news, workplace trends, economic data, the financial markets and marketing trends.

You will report both spot news and feature stories for the broadcast shows. And you'll produce content on audio and digital platforms and ideally have a presence on social media.

The ideal candidate has proven radio reporting abilities and a passion for reporting in Marketplace's explanatory and accessible style. Solid business and academic contacts are a strong plus.

A Marketplace reporter should be able to write sharp, concise and accurate copy, for radio and digital, on very tight deadlines. And an ability to identify the key players and synthesize multiple strands of any story is essential for any Marketplace reporter.

This posting has an application deadline of June 20, 2019 (10:00pm PST).

Position Responsibility:

  • Pitch and report ideas for daily spots and digital elements on health care for Marketplace radio broadcasts and
  • Report and write approximately three sound rich features per month for Marketplace.
  • Produce content for website with writing and photography (supplying additional audio, visual material, related Web resources).
  • Deliver substantive reports quickly on varied subjects as needed.
  • Consistently deliver stories with Marketplace's writing style and pace.
  • Develop ideas/proposals for reports and programs.
  • Gather information and audio for reports and programs.
  • Operate production and studio equipment and facilities.
  • Assist other reporters, producers and editors with information.
  • Maintain a wide variety of sources.
  • Other duties as assigned, including meetings and other events.

Required Experience and Education:

  • BA degree or equivalent work experience.
  • 5+ years reporting or similar experience. Some experience at a national level preferred. Experience in reporting workplace culture preferred.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to deliver consistently stories with program writing style and pace.
  • Develop signature sound of voice and writing.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects.
  • Ability to guide the work of an intern.
  • Pitch original ideas and turn them into stories.
  • Superlative oral and written skills with ability to deliver originality in writing.
  • Capacity to deliver quick turn-around reporting.
  • Ability to develop stories with multiple interviews, scene changes and strong knowledge of subject matter.
  • Finds unexpected angles in stories, even in saturated topics.
  • Ability to handle broad variety of complex assignments.
  • Ability to deliver top-quality stories.
  • Ability to set fresh directions in stories - think outside the box.
  • Knowledge of various process approaches and necessary resources for a given project/assignment.
  • Demonstrated reporting and production skills.
  • Ability to maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of balance and fairness.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Skill in creative use of sound, writing and storytelling.
  • Ability to develop mastery of all recording and production equipment and techniques.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments of short and long duration.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Radio reporting experience
  • National reporting experience
  • Ability to operate recording equipment
  • Ability to cut tape
  • Digital production expertise

Reporting to This Position:   None

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Physical Demands:
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.  
  • Working Conditions:
    • Moderate noise level
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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