American Public Media
  • APM, Reports 27RA
  • USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Benefits Eligible

Who We Are:

The mission of American Public Media Group (APMG) is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences and assisting them in strengthening their communities.  We aspire to be the leader in creating trusted and meaningful listening experiences with and for curious people, and we seek to create a diverse, inclusive culture focused on growth and outcomes to serve our audiences. 

APMG's primary operating divisions Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and American Public Media offer multi-regional FM broadcast channels, website, mobile and social media channels, live events, national content creation and distribution. Together, these divisions operate 49 public radio stations and 42 translators serving regional audiences in eight states from Minnesota, Michigan and the Upper Midwest to Idaho and California; distribute a portfolio of more than twenty national programs reaching nearly 20MM listeners weekly through 1,000 radio stations; serve rapidly growing audiences on digital, social and mobile platforms; and produce an increasing and diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, mental health, water, early brain development, business and investigative journalism. 

Your Role:

APM Reports is adding to its investigative reporting staff. We have an opening for a Reporter II to focus in the area of elementary education. We need a journalist who relishes the hunt for previously unexamined facts, data and people and who has a talent for delivering top-notch writing across platforms. A penchant for nitty gritty research is required along with a deep knowledge of the art of public document requests. Sometimes you'll work among a team of colleagues and other times you'll work independently. That said, lone wolves need not apply -- we need a team player. Your interviewing and data skills will need to be superior, along with an ability to balance multiple assignments. National reporting experience is valued, along with demonstrated examples of investigations you've either led or been a part of.

Application Deadline:  January 30, 2020

Position is grant funded for 15 months

Position Responsibility:

  • Participate in investigative journalism projects with reporters, editors and data journalists.
  • Request and pursue data sets.
  • Hunt and collect public documents with other reporters.
  • Conduct research.
  • Find and develop sources.
  • Produce for all platforms by delivering written stories, audio and data.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent investigative journalism experience.
  • Three plus years' experience reporting for a news organization, ideally some at a national level.
  • Investigative project experience.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Experience participating in an investigation as a reporter.
  • Excellent skills in data, document pursuit and organization.
  • Experience analyzing large data sets using spreadsheets and database managers.
  • Excellent writing skills, including speed and cleanliness.
  • Proficient with Excel.
  • Top-notch interviewing skills.
  • Dogged research ability.
  • Ability to develop mastery of all recording and production equipment and techniques.
  • Impeccable journalistic integrity and editorial judgment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Obsessed with accuracy.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Education reporting and/or education policy experience.
  • Familiarity with education-related data sets.
  • Business reporting experience.
  • Capable Spanish speaker.
  • Radio reporting experience.
  • National reporting experience.

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.
  • Early morning working hours are required. 5:00 a.m. ET start time.
  • 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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