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Communities Reporter

Posted 
April 26, 2021

Overview

Provide informed, insightful coverage of communities in Seattle and the rest of Washington State, with a strong focus on equity. Deliver deeply reported and well-written stories that focus on real people and the issues important to them. Produce a variety of stories examining the impacts of public policy and transformative events on various communities, examining the challenges and successes experienced by individuals, organizations and businesses within those communities. 

Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000 annually

Temporarily remote

Application Deadline: May 14, 2021

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES 

  1. Contribute to the Crosscut news and politics section with stories pitched by you and/or assigned by the editor. 
  2. Identify and focus reporting on communities most impacted by public policy and major events, with a focus on equity and inclusion.
  3. Deliver stories each week that meet the highest journalistic and organizational standards for fairness, thoroughness, accuracy and quality.
  4. Share best practices for reporting on various communities with newsroom colleagues.
  5. Demonstrate ability and excitement to tell stories off the communities beat when asked.
  6. Actively develop skills in storytelling, story planning, data analysis and in-depth reporting.  
  7. Adapt to Crosscut’s approach of listening to and responding to reader questions and ideas. Consider how stories and projects can reach new communities and audiences across the region.
  8. Collaborate with video producers, photographers, audience engagement editors and web designers to shape stories that are visually compelling and incorporate a range of multimedia.
  9. Participate in the development of various modes of journalism, including podcasting, live events and video storytelling.
  10. Serve as a Crosscut representative at community and partner events, industry gatherings and in other formal settings. 
  11. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, journalism, communications, new media, business, or a related field or equivalent experience required.
  2. At least two years of experience as a writer or editor, either in a deadline-oriented newsroom or as a freelancer.
  3. Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; significant experience organizing and managing multiple priorities, and in developing and managing projects.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  5. Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
  6. Deep understanding of journalism ethics and practices, with nonprofit or public media experience preferred.
  7. Familiarity and professionalism with the role of social media in news gathering. 
  8. Ability to work remotely during the current office closure.  

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS 

  1. Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
  2. Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time
  3. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background