American Public Media
  • SCPR, News/Reporting - 18IA
  • Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Yes, Benefits

Position Summary:


Do you appreciate the difference between a mammoth and a mastodon? Do you geek out over the latest discoveries from Mars? Do you have a passionate desire to share the wonders of science with one of the biggest public radio audiences in the nation?


Then come help KPCC build on its reputation as a meticulous yet fun interpreter of the latest developments coming from Southern California's wealth of institutions devoted to research and applied sciences.


Strong writing and radio skills are a must, but we're also looking for someone eager to push the boundaries of storytelling into other media such as videos, animations, podcasts, and live events.


The Reporter II, Science, position will be part of a larger team devoted to covering environment and science issues in Southern California. The position will focus on a variety of issues with special emphasis on cutting-edge developments and trends at the region's major research and applied science institutions, such as USC, UCLA, UCI, JPL, etc.


The Reporter will research, report, write and file reports for news magazines, newscasts and talk shows.  S/he will also provide material for station's digital platforms and assist with the development of live events and programming. S/he will contribute story ideas and be an editorial resource for other News staff.


The Reporter will bring strong journalism fundamentals, beat knowledge and curiosity to daily and enterprise reporting that uses creative approaches to engage the community at large in coverage.


Working in KPCC's cross-platform newsroom, s/he will use social media and web tools to report, engage beat sources and listeners/users and develop reporting projects.


This posting has an application deadline of March 17, 2017 (10pm PST).


Position Responsibility:

  • Establish priorities and coverage plans for science beat
  • Pitch, report and produce daily and breaking news stories and feature stories on news deadlines for radio, web and social media, using platforms as appropriate
  • Identify key themes and trends relating to science in Southern California; deliver ongoing enterprise coverage providing depth, context and compelling storytelling
  • Provide high quality "live" reports with newscasts and talk show and host 2-ways
  • Assemble, edit and mix stories for air
  • Work with broadcast and online editors and others to generate ideas
  • Assist other reporters, producers and editors with information
  • Propose ideas, topics and guests for live events and participate as appropriate
  • Operate production and studio equipment
  • Develop diverse beat sources; Participate with PIJ involvement
  • Produce for website with writing and photography (supplying additional audio, visual material, related Web resources)
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
  • Three years or more professional journalism experience
  • Public radio experience preferred


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong fundamental writing, reporting and interviewing skills. 
  • Proven ability to identify and originate stories, report accurately and quickly and meet deadlines
  • General and developing knowledge of beat
  • Demonstrated capacity to use public documents, Internet research and other reporting methods to provide independent material to inform stories
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze reporting and facts to frame stories with strong narrative lines or compelling findings, context and scope
  • Ability to develop stories with multiple interviews, scene changes, and strong knowledge of subject matter
  • Ability to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects
  • Creativity in using web, radio and social media platforms to convey information, engage listeners and users and utilize the capacity of different platforms
  • Experience in or familiarity with public radio news
  • Competent in use of recording and production equipment
  • Established, or demonstrated ability to develop with minimal training, professional on-air delivery
  • Established, or able to master with minimum of training, ability to use sound to create scenes that engage the listener and convey the emotion of the story
  • Ability to deliver stories with fully developed on-air style and originality in writing for broadcast and web


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Familiarity with, or previous experience covering, science and scientific issues.


Reporting To This Position:                         N/A


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • May travel at times
  • 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
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