Provide informed, insightful coverage of Central and Eastern Washington for a statewide audience. Deliver deeply reported and well-written stories that focus on real people and the issues important to them. This reporter will be expected to tell stories about a variety of communities throughout the region by exploring its unique cultures and examining the impacts of public policy and transformative events on individuals, organizations and businesses.
Salary Range: $58,000-$62,000 annually
Application Deadline: May 20, 2021
KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- Contribute to the Crosscut news and politics section with stories pitched by you and/or assigned by the editor.
- Develop and report stories from throughout Central and Eastern Washington, guided by curiosity and a commitment to equity and inclusion.
- Deliver stories each week that meet the highest journalistic and organizational standards for fairness, thoroughness, accuracy and quality.
- Build expertise and sources on issues of importance in Central and Eastern Washington, including but not limited to agriculture, public lands, militias and politics.
- Write with a statewide audience in mind, not just for our readers in the Puget Sound region, and help develop ways for stories and projects to reach new communities and audiences across the state.
- Actively develop skills in storytelling, story planning, data analysis, photography and in-depth reporting.
- Adapt to Crosscut’s approach of listening to and responding to reader questions and ideas.
- Collaborate with video producers, photographers, audience engagement editors and web designers to shape stories that are visually compelling and incorporate a range of multimedia.
- Participate in the development of various modes of journalism, including podcasting, live events and video storytelling.
- Serve as a Crosscut representative at community and partner events, industry gatherings and in other formal settings. Inform our teammates at Cascade Public Media of region-specific trends and opportunities for civic engagement.
- Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, journalism, communications, new media, business, or a related field or equivalent experience required.
- At least two years of experience as a writer or editor, either in a deadline-oriented newsroom or as a freelancer.
- Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; significant experience organizing and managing multiple priorities, and in developing and managing projects.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
- Deep understanding of journalism ethics and practices, with nonprofit or public media experience preferred.
- Familiarity and professionalism with the role of social media in news gathering.
- Must reside in Eastern or Central Washington State.
- Ability to work remotely with occasional trips to the Seattle office.
- Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
- Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time
- 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
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