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

Yes, Benefits

Position Summary:

Marketplace is looking for general assignment reporter with the curiosity, drive and skill to work alongside some of the most skilled business journalists in public media, working for one of the most dynamic brands in the country. This is not your conventional reporting job.  Our broadcast and digital content is aimed at raising the economic intelligence of the country through the unorthodox story, the unconventional take on the news and a conversational approach that can bring even the most complex economic and business concepts down to earth. A Marketplace reporter can produce sharp, concise and accurate content for radio and digital on a tight deadline. Scripts and posts should illustrate trending ideas and analyze emerging patterns through smart interviews and innovative story structure.

The general assignment reporter will report daily stories and features on subjects from corporate news to consumer behavior, housing to the changing workforce, macroeconomic trends to the financial markets. The ideal candidate is someone who has proven audio-reporting skills, is a strong writer, and has a passion for covering business and financial news in Marketplace's explanatory and accessible style.

The successful candidate will bring solid contacts and an ability to offer insightful takes on the business news of the day, as well as produce sound-rich packages, live interviews, long-form articles, and timely digital posts. He/she will be able to consistently pitch original ideas in multiple formats across a variety of platforms. A strong presence on social media is a plus.

This is an exciting time to join Marketplace.  We are an industry leader in telling meaningful and creative stories on the radio with close to 14.8 million listeners, and we're evolving into a multi-media enterprise centered around the ambition of raising the economic intelligence of all Americans.   Marketplace is an ambitious shop, fueled by ambitious ideas. This is a place of creativity and unorthodox thinking. We don't take ourselves too seriously, even though we understand the critical importance of understanding how the economy shapes the world around us.  

This position will be either Reporter I, Reporter II or a Sr. Reporter level position depending upon the most qualified candidate's experience.

This posting will remain open until the position is filled. 

Position Responsibility:

  • Pitch and report ideas for daily spots, features and digital elements on the financial industry and other corporate sectors, for Marketplace shows and
  • Cover a variety of assignments and develop an area of expertise.
  • Produce for website with writing and photography (supplying additional audio, visual material, related Web resources)
  • Work on our early filer reporter for Marketplace Morning Report, as needed.
  • Deliver substantive reports quickly on varied subjects as shows need.
  • Ready to train to deliver live reports and host 2-ways.
  • 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.
  • Report special projects/series.
  • Produce or assist in producing special programming, as assigned.
  • Operate production and studio equipment and facilities.
  • Assist other reporters, producers and editors in gathering 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 and:
    • Reporter I Level: 3+ years reporting or similar experience, some national level experience preferred.
    • Reporter II Level: 5+ years reporting or similar experience, some at a national level.
    • Sr. Reporter level: 7+ years reporting or similar experience, radio reporting experience and some at the national level.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Reporter I Level:

  • Breadth of general industry knowledge.
  • Superlative oral and written skills with ability to deliver originality in writing.
  • Capacity to deliver quick turn-around reporting.
  • Experience producing digital content, and a desire to produce it.
  • 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 deliver top-quality stories.
  • Ability to set fresh directions in stories.
  • 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 story-telling.
  • Ability to develop mastery of all recording and production equipment and techniques.

Reporter II Level:

  • Ability to consistently deliver stories with program writing style and pace.
  • Develop signature sound of voice and writing.
  • Ability to handle broad variety of complex assignments.
  • Able to work simultaneously on short- and long-term projects.
  • Pitch original ideas and turn them into stories.
  • Depth of knowledge and experience within a specialization.
  • Ready to be trained to deliver live reports and host 2-ways.

Senior Reporter Level: All the above, including:

  • Radio reporting experience.
  • Working knowledge of a wide range of business and industry.
  • Digital production expertise.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Radio reporting experience: Required for Sr. Reporter level.
  • National reporting experience.
  • Knowledge of specific industries.
  • Digital production expertise: Required for Sr. Reporter level.

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.

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

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