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KERA Audion Reporting Fellow: Guns & America

KERA Audion fellowship reporting on guns and America
Two-year grant-funded position

KERA, the public broadcasting organization for Dallas/Fort Worth, has an opportunity for a highly qualified individual to join the KERA team. Serving the country’s fifth-largest media market, KERA reaches more than 2 million people weekly through KERA TV, KERA 90.1 FM, Triple-A music station KXT 91.7 FM, an award-winning local news division, robust arts unit Art&Seek, and a constellation of digital properties, including kera.org, keranews.org, kxt.org and artandseek.org. For more than 50 years, North Texans have turned to KERA as a vibrant destination for community engagement and lifelong learning.

Position Summary

KERA seeks a creative, ambitious Reporting Fellow to work in the KERA newsroom as part of Guns & America, a groundbreaking two-year collaborative reporting project focused on the role of guns in American life. The Reporting Fellow will participate as a member of the inaugural cohort of this two-year Audion Fellowship, a first-of-its-kind professional development opportunity for early- to mid-career journalists designed to build and strengthen public media’s pool of talented, cross-platform journalists.

The Audion Fellow at KERA will build a new beat reporting on the many ways Texans interact with guns. The Fellow will create empathetic, surprising journalism about this divisive issue. There will be 10 Audion Fellows reporting for the Guns & America collaborative from partner stations across the U.S. The KERA Audion Fellow will be employed by KERA and will work every day with the Guns & America lead editing team based at WAMU in Washington, D.C. As a member of the KERA newsroom, the Fellow will report directly to a KERA editor and will also work with the station’s other editors.

In addition to a full-time salary and benefits at KERA, the highly competitive Audion Fellowship offers cutting-edge training in digital innovation, investigative reporting techniques and audio storytelling. Fellows will also come together for twice-yearly, weeklong professional development seminars, to be held in various cities throughout the country. Because of the full commitment required to fulfill the responsibilities of this position, Fellows may not be employed elsewhere or engaged in full-time study outside of training offered under the terms of the Audion Fellowship and the employment policies of KERA.

This position is grant-funded for a term of two years; continuation of the position is contingent upon external funding.

Duties of the Reporting Fellow

  • (70%) Develop and own a new beat reporting on the role of guns in American life. Regularly create engaging multimedia stories from reporting, interviews, data and analysis. Bring a distinctive style and approach and find new ways to report on an old issue, striving for greatest impact with deepest substance.

Work as part of KERA’s team to build expertise, contribute compelling story ideas, experiment with innovative storytelling techniques, and work with WAMU’s lead editing team to create a new project from the ground up.

Create and tend a community around the beat, both locally and nationally. Participate in both real-life and social media events.

  • (10%) Engage in innovative professional development experiences developed by the Audion Fellowship, including twice-yearly weeklong meetups, monthly seminars and embed opportunities.
  • (20%) Cover breaking news in North Texas for KERA; develop distinctive stories, from quick turns to in-depth projects, focused in the KERA listening area; and tailor content to multiple platforms for KERA as assigned.

Essential Qualifications

  1. Undergraduate degree in journalism or related field.
  2. Three or more years of professional journalism experience, exemplary journalistic ethics, and proven research, writing, and reporting skills.
  3. Ability to participate in professional development opportunities organized by WAMU that may include travel.
  4. Prior experience building a beat, developing topical expertise and bringing a fresh perspective to vital issues, prioritizing impact.
  5. Willingness to experiment with storytelling methods and to adapt to changing platforms and audience needs.
  6. Agility to shift journalistic modes quickly and nimbly: from deadline reporting to developing explainers; from deep investigative work to producing live events.
  7. Ability to work within a diverse team with varying perspectives, ideas and life experience.
  8. Experience building audiences and communities online, and using connections made within an online community for reporting.
  9. A commitment to cooperation, teamwork, curiosity, and diversity.
  10. Interest in working on a two-year assignment with KERA, based in Dallas, Texas, starting on or about August 1, 2018, to focus on reporting on guns.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Knowledge of Texas and particularly North Texas.
  2. Experience with one or more of the following: multimedia production, particularly photography or video; hands-on audio editing and innovative audio storytelling; working with one or more content management systems; other relevant technical expertise.

Application Deadline

Applications are due on or before June 6, 2018. Selected Fellows are expected to begin work on this two-year project on or about August 1, 2018. Applicants may apply to more than one Partner Station by completing each station’s application process. Current employees of Partner Stations may apply but must fulfill the application requirements.

» Find more information at wamu.org/guns

Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement explaining why the fellowship interests you and why you should be selected by this station (500 words or less). We are especially interested in learning the following:
    • Why do you want to be a part of Guns & America?
    • What skills would you most like to develop and how would this fellowship help you achieve these goals?  
    • What do you feel is lacking in media coverage of gun-related stories?
    • Is there anything that you would like us to know that is not covered in any other part of your application?
  • Three examples of your best recent work (preferably one example of work with audio)

Submit Your Application

Please provide all required application materials. Include in your cover letter a statement about how you found out about this opportunity. Submit your application information as you prefer on or before June 6, 2018:

E-mail to:          [email protected]

Fax to:               214-740-9323

Mail to:             KERA, Attn. Human Resources,

3000 Harry Hines Blvd.

Dallas, Texas 75201.

 

North Texas Public Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.