American Public Media
  • SCPR, Content Senior Reporter 181A
  • Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Yes Benefits

Position Summary:

This position will have a unique focus exclusively on children from birth up to kindergarten, their families and the adults who care for them. The successful candidate for this position will be able to take a broad lens to reporting on children of this age group, examining everything from the economics of preschool and caregiving in the face of rising income inequality; to possible community-based solutions for child care, early education and health care; to scientific advances in understanding how young children learn and grow. S/he will be able to tell compelling human stories about everyday families in order to shed light on the science, health, economic and education questions facing those who want to build the best possible lives for Southern California's youngest citizens. S/he will also have the opportunity to look across the country for stories that offer context to local issues and help elevate the national discussion about early childhood development.

We're looking for someone who brings strong journalism fundamentals and a passion and curiosity for the beat to daily and enterprise reporting. S/he will also look for creative approaches to engage the community in coverage. Working in KPCC's cross-platform newsroom, s/he will report, write and produce on-air reports, post online stories, and use social media and web tools to report, engage beat sources and listeners/users and develop reporting projects. In collaboration with KPCC's live events team, s/he will propose and participate in live events based on key beat issues.

This position will be either a Sr.Reporter OR Correspondent-level position depending upon the most qualified candidate's experience. The Correspondent is a higher-level position that varies from the Sr. Reporter to include the following attributes in addition to those outlined under "Position Responsibility": 

  • Develop and deepen beat; establish priorities, goals, and coverage plans for the beat.
  • Routinely break stories on the beat.
  • Develop and lead special projects.
  • Deliver stories with highly-developed on-air style and originality in writing.
  • Serve as mentor/coach to others in the newsroom.

Position Responsibility:

  • Report on early childhood for parents, educators and the broader community of interest.
  • Establish priorities and goals for beat.
  • Pitch, report and produce regular news stories and feature stories.
  • Deliver substantive reports on the assigned subject on tight deadlines.
  • Provide high quality "live" reports with newscasts and talk show and host 2-ways.
  • Assemble, edit and mix stories for air.
  • Produce for website, social and mobile channels with writing and photography (supplying additional audio, visual material related Web resources).
  • Work with news editors to generate ideas.
  • Develop and cultivate sources: Utilize PIN, digital and in-person interaction to build broad source base and audience relationships.
  • Assist in special programming, including Crawford Family Forum events.
  • Operate production and studio equipment.
  • Work with editors, reporters and operations staff to coordinate content.
  • Develops ideas/proposals for reports and programs for own reporting and for reports by other reporters.
  • Perform public outreach; speak on behalf of SCPR, and fully integrate PIN as a tool.
  • Fill in for education editor during absences.
  • Work with Managing Director/audio on digital-first (podcast, on-demand) program development aligned with position responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Senior Reporter Level: 5+ years or more professional journalism experience.
  • Correspondent Level: 10+ years or more professional journalism experience.
  • Experience and enthusiasm for using internet channels (including mobile and social) for newsgathering and interaction with sources, collaborators and audience members.                                  

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated radio reporting, digital news and production skills.
  • Skilled at developing own stories and at judging which stories to pursue and how effectively to complete assignments.
  • Ability to deliver stories of the highest standard as measured by clarity, balance, creativity, originality, cogent analysis, thoroughness, effective production, eloquence and compelling delivery.
  • Facility with source and beat development; subject-matter expertise.
  • Ability to function as a leader in news judgment; influencer in agenda setting.
  • Commitment to enacting best journalism practices.
  • Ability to use sound, when available, to create scenes that engage the listener and convey the emotion of the story.
  • Excellent in live reports and host two-ways at an expert level.
  • Fully competent in use of recording and production equipment.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects.
  • Ability to develop stories with multiple interviews, scene changes, and strong knowledge of subject matter.
  • Ability to represent SCPR News in official functions.
  • Recognized internally and externally as an expert in area of coverage.
  • Extraordinary ability to synthesize.
  • Ability to manage complex internal and external relationships.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Fluency in Spanish preferred. Fluency in other languages desirable.
  • Experience in or familiarity with public radio news.

Reporting To This Position:                         N/A

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to travel when required.
  • 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



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