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Statehouse & Politics Reporter

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 05, 2019

Note: Position will remain open until filled. 

The state of Missouri is not politically monolithic and St. Louis Public Radio is looking for a statehouse reporter who can tell stories explaining the nuances and complexities facing our state’s lawmakers and political influencers. 

We are looking for a statehouse reporter who believes in the watchdog role of the press and who can translate complicated policy, regulation and legislation into compelling copy that explains their impacts on our audience. An ideal candidate will be able to provide thorough, thoughtful reporting while also focusing on analysis, enterprise, exposition – less what happened and more why it happened, what it means and what's going to happen. The statehouse reporter is excellent at connecting with well-placed sources and is able to see the big story lurking in the small details. Above all, we are looking for a statehouse reporter who is endlessly curious and thrives in exploring how government impacts the lives of everyone in the state.

The right person for this job will be able to file well-written, engaging stories for the web AND sound-rich, personality-driven stories for radio.

The statehouse reporter is based in Jefferson City during the legislative term, but can also be located in St. Louis the rest of the year. While the statehouse reporter works for St. Louis Public Radio, the stories the reporter produces are generally of interest statewide and are shared with the other Missouri public radio stations. 

Other qualifications include:

  • Three to five years experience in a newsroom.
  • A sophisticated level of awareness and understanding of the issues facing Missouri state policy makers today. An understanding of tax/revenue policy, health policy, education or environmental policy would be a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication, political science, history or the relevant equivalent experience.

Radio reporting experience is preferred, but not required. A passion for audio storytelling is a must. The statehouse reporter can also expect to participate in our political podcast, Politically Speaking.

You MUST apply online to be considered for this job. 

Application Instructions:

St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri - St. Louis. In order to be considered for this position, you must visit UMSL's employment site and complete an online application. Job ID: 28186.