St. Louis Public Radio is looking for a science and environment reporter to report, write and produce news stories for radio and web.
St. Louis Public Radio has an amazing opportunity for a creative, innovative, energetic reporter who is eager to tackle the region's complicated environment and science news. We're looking for a reporter who isn't afraid to explore complicated stories and tell them coherently and in a way that lets people know why the information matters. We want a journalist who can see through PR spin and explain the issues accurately, honestly and creatively. We are also seeking someone who understands how to develop a beat, break stories and follow issues over the long haul. The ideal candidate should also have a record of journalistic excellence, a passion for storytelling and enthusiasm for innovation.
The reporter covers science and the environment as a beat and reports both breaking news as well as enterprise stories that put issues in context. Other duties include:
Identify relevant stories, put them into context and explain them in an engaging manner.
Experiment with multiple forms of storytelling, for radio and the web.
Build a robust network of sources to help inform coverage and break new ground in our science and environment reporting.
Pitch and report ideas for daily spots, features and digital elements.
Produce radio spots and features for radio.
Write content for the website.
Work simultaneously on short and long-term projects.
Develop stories with multiple interviews, scene changes and strong knowledge of subject matter.
Recognize when national stories have particular relevance locally and zero in on the best way to tell them.
Represent St. Louis Public Radio on occasion at public events.
Step in to cover breaking news that doesn't fall into your beat.
Communicate with your supervisor about upcoming stories.
Other duties as assigned.
A bachelor's degree in the sciences or a degree in journalism or a related field. Three years experience.
At least five years of newsroom experience.
Investigative reporting skills, such as accessing public documents and other public data.
Experience as a photojournalist and/or videographer.
Excellent writing skills with an ability to think creatively about telling stories for radio and the web, and to juggle a variety of assignments.
Demonstrated talent for discovering stories that go beyond press releases.
The ability to meet deadlines, respond to editing and adapt to new work situations, people, ideas, procedures and organizational structures.
A knack for building successful relationships with scientists, policy makers, activists and anyone else whose work touches science or the environment.
Effective spoken and written communications skills.
Familiarity with AP style.
Familiarity with social media.
$50,000 - $62,000/annual, dependent upon experience
Application Deadline August 28, 2020
Samples of your work are required as part of the application. Please include with your submission a cover letter outlining your qualifications and your ideas for how this job can best serve St. Louis area residents. For additional information, call: (314) 516-7353.
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