Application Deadline: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio is Seattle’s NPR news station. We are an independent, nonprofit news organization producing award-winning journalism, podcasts and events in service to the 3.9 million people in our coverage area. As a self-sustaining service of the University of Washington, our mission is to create and serve a more informed public. Read our latest Annual Report to learn more.
KUOW is seeking an experienced reporter to cover stories about education in the Puget Sound region, ranging from K-12 through college. The Education Reporter (Reporter 1) will dive deep into issues that influence education equity, funding, policy, student outcomes and educator workforce/labor issues. They will spend time in the community to find trends, enterprise stories and diverse perspectives. The reporter will work with their editor to determine coverage approaches and priorities, with ongoing attention to systemic issues that contribute to the quality and inequity in our schools. A sample of topics for the upcoming year could include teacher shortages and burnout, school safety, disciplinary policies, student mental health, intersections with politics (critical race theory, book bans, transgender athletes), and new models for school and learning post-pandemic.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
• Identify and craft deeply reported audio and digital stories on a beat.
• Produce scoops on that beat.
• Contribute news reports to daily newscasts and on various platforms.
• Appear on KUOW talk shows and at live events to present and discuss reporting.
• Active engagement with social media and source networks as a reporting and distribution tool.
• Meet daily filing schedule that requires occasional evening and weekend work.
• Work closely with editors and content producers on plans that articulate a vision and strategy for coverage of a beat.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Position reports to the Editor.
• Bachelor’s degree and three years of professional broadcast journalism experience.
• Background in news writing, radio production, and audio editing software.
• Track record of producing enterprise stories with impact.
• Self-starter with proven ability to meet deadlines and check facts.
• Impeccable journalistic integrity and editorial judgment.
• Ability to manage several projects concurrently
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team and to professionally represent the station.
• Familiarity with and appreciation for public radio style programming.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND RACIAL EQUITY
KUOW and the University of Washington are equal opportunity employers. KUOW is dedicated to building a culturally and ethnically diverse staff and creating a working environment that promotes racial equity and inclusiveness. We believe attracting and retaining diverse staff is crucial to serving our community and fulfilling our mission. Women, Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.