Posted on: July 27, 2017
Application Deadline: September 15, 2017
We are at pivotal moment in how we view, discuss, and think about race and ethnicity in this country. Public media strives to tell stories that accurately reflect all segments of our communities. But we can do better.
St. Louis Public Radio is looking for a reporter to join a nationwide, five-person team of journalists that is tasked with telling stories that reflect the diversity of issues, people and perspectives important to the region and to the nation.
Each of the four stations (St. Louis; Hartford, Connecticut; Portland, Oregon; and Kansas City, Missouri) is hiring a reporter. Plus, St. Louis Public Radio is hiring an editor who will be based in St. Louis and who will lead the team.
Funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the reporter will be part of a project that grew out of the recognition that improving the diversity of issues, voices and perspectives in public media storytelling will improve our journalism.
The goal is for the team to provide a fresh examination of race and ethnicity in the country through the unique lens of the cities involved in the project. We aim to cover a wider scope of issues than we currently do, hear from people who are often overlooked and ultimately expand the impact of our reporting across a broader spectrum of communities.
The ideal candidate should be enthusiastic about telling stories that reflect a variety of interests, issues and people. The candidate should have at least three years of reporting experience and should be open to working on an innovative, experimental and collaborative team. Radio experience isn't necessary, but a passion for audio storytelling and the mission of public media is essential. Don't worry if you've never touched a mic before or been on air. We will train you.
Being a part of this reporting project will give you the opportunity to report on issues that are specific to the region as well as those that affect the entire country. You'll have the opportunity to file for NPR and to create stories for multiple media platforms.
The reporter works with the diversity editor based in St. Louis. The reporter may also have support and direction from other editors at St. Louis Public Radio.
In your cover letter, please tell us how you will approach covering the intersection of race, identity and culture. What stories would you tell? How will that be different from what you've read or heard before? Please submit any links to work samples in your application. If you have audio samples that are not available online, please send files to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must complete an online application through the University of Missouri - St. Louis to be considered for this job.