North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc., the PBS and NPR affiliate of North Texas, is a not-for-profit public media organization reaching the fifth-largest population area in the United States through KERA-TV, KERA WORLD, KERA 90.1 FM and Triple-A music station KXT 91.7. For over 50 years, North Texans have turned to KERA as a vibrant destination for community engagement and lifelong learning. KERA produces original multimedia content, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs, and provides online resources at a constellation of websites, including kera.org, keranews.org, kxt.org and artandseek.org. KERA is seeking to hire a full-time reporter to lead its coverage of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and points north and west.
The reporter will work in the Fort Worth area on everything from breaking news to in-depth projects. She/he will be a key content creator in an expanding newsroom covering a wide array of news and features on all the station’s platforms, with primary focus on radio and digital news. She/he will write, produce and edit in-depth and newscast-length radio reports, write web stories, shoot photos and videos, build and curate social media streams, and represent the station at public events.
The ideal candidate is a smart reporter with a passion for learning and with a wide array of interests. This reporter is a storyteller – whether with a microphone, a Twitter handle, a video camera or a pencil. In addition, this person is a dynamic team player who excels in a quick-turnaround environment, but can also organize and execute long-range coverage plans and projects. She/he is excited by the possibilities of public media and of the evolving news landscape in Dallas-Fort Worth, the country’s fifth-biggest media market.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Serve as KERA’s primary reporter in Fort Worth, Tarrant County and points north and west.
- Cover breaking news in North Texas on the radio and online, as assigned by news managers — with a distinctive NPR-style sensibility.
- Produce scoops on the beat, with vivid writing, distinctive voicing and sophisticated sound production – at a level of depth and quality that will be distributed across the state (primarily through the statewide radio news magazine “Texas Standard”) and nationally (by NPR shows, “Marketplace,” “PBS NewsHour” and others).
- Dig into underserved communities and unearth compelling stories and projects for a wide audience.
- Write blog posts, shoot photos and videos, and actively embrace all of KERA News’ platforms: radio, TV, websites, blogs, social media streams and all other digital outlets. The primary goal: Distribute content as widely as possible, whenever and wherever potential news audiences exist.
- Cover general assignment news and feature stories as assigned.
- Maintain editorial standards to ensure high journalistic standards of accuracy, thoroughness, diversity, fairness and balance are met through all of KERA’s outlets.
- Keep an active presence in the Tarrant County community and represent KERA at professional and community meetings, and during on-air pledge.
- Bachelor’s Degree in journalism or related field or equivalent.
- 2+ years in journalism.
- Flexibility and speed, with wide-ranging interests and a distinctive “voice.”
- Hunger for breaking news and stories that dig into daily life in North Texas.
- Experience blogging and diving into social media, with active and enthusiastic Twitter and Facebook presence.
- Ability to work with internal and external content providers to create, edit and post a variety of digital media, including images, audio, video and animation.
- Sound news judgment and ability to generate factual, error-free copy quickly in breaking news situations.
- Editing/proofreading skills, including knowledge of AP style.
- Passionate and enthusiastic about journalism, and emerging local news opportunities in North Texas, particularly in Tarrant County.
- Ability to connect with and maintain relationships with diverse communities and staff.
- Deep knowledge of the people, cultures, issues, and geography of North Texas and Tarrant County.
- Experience with sophisticated multimedia storytelling using Storify, Twitter, etc.
- Experience with on-camera reporting and audio/video editing.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please provide a 1) resume; and 2) cover letter summarizing professional accomplishments and qualifications relative to the position; 3) state how you found out about this position; and 4) state the name of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your email to [email protected], fax or paper cover letter. Thank you for your interest in KERA/KXT.
Submit this information as you prefer:
- Email to: [email protected]
- Fax to: 214-740-9323
- Mail to: Human Resources, KERA
3000 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75201
Note: We accept resumes only for positions that are open.
North Texas Public Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer