WAMU 88.5 is seeking a Reporter, Northern Virginia to join its newsroom and play an important role in multi-platform coverage.
WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and DCist. is our digital outlet for local news. We provide in-depth and enterprise reporting alongside essential daily news and information that aims to reflect and serve the diverse communities of our region. We believe in news as a public service and put our current and future audience at the center of our work.
Reporters in WAMU’s newsroom help carry out our regional news initiatives across broadcast and digital platforms. In consultation with newsroom editors, reporters develop sources and deepen and shape coverage for their assigned beats. Coverage will include breaking news, day- turn stories, explainers, two-ways, features and other enterprise work for both audio and the web.
The position requires curiosity, motivation, and a deep professional interest in local news. The Reporter should have strong editorial judgment and the ability to write quickly, clearly, and with a distinctive and appealing style. In addition to beat coverage, all reporters will maintain regular breaking news shifts.
This position focuses primarily on jurisdictions in Northern Virginia, playing a leading role in coverage of these communities’ politics, education, and other news. The reporter also has an eye on state politics, but focuses any coverage of Richmond on the ways it specifically intersects with our region. The role requires a Reporter who is particularly adept at prioritization and has a keen eye for the stories that will engage and appeal to Northern Virginians.
What you’ll do:
- Evaluate leads, monitor major news developments, and contribute story ideas, or receive assignments from an editor.
- Determine a web and/or broadcast story's emphasis, length, and format and organize material accordingly.
- Report both at a desk and in the field; Collaborate with other reporters, as needed.
- Write multiple web stories and broadcast/newscast pieces per week, and regularly contribute features and enterprise work.
- Cover at least one breaking news shift per week.
- Establish and maintain relationships with individuals who are credible sources of information.
- Produce web stories in WordPress, including finding images, writing headlines (with the help of an editor), and doing SEO work.
- Write tweets and Facebook posts for stories, as needed.
- Produce audio, utilizing field sound to create a sense of place and weaving appropriate sound bites together to paint a holistic portrait.
And much more…
You’re experience and attributes:
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
- 4-6 years of relevant experience.
- Top-notch writing and reporting skills.
- Journalistic agility, or the ability to shift comfortably between writing radio scripts, online news articles, explainers, short and longer pieces.
- Sharp interview skills.
- Strong journalistic ethics.
- Experience building audience connections using social media and mining platforms for story ideas, angles, and sources.
- Willingness to try new storytelling methods, and adapt to changing platforms and audience needs.
- Ability to work collaboratively with others.
- Commitment to building and fostering an inclusive, encouraging, and diverse workplace
- Creativity, flexibility and resourcefulness.
- Must be an effective and imaginative storyteller with a keen sense of how to shape content to suit different audiences--both on air (via local newscasts, live two-ways, feature stories, etc.) and online (via WAMU.org and social media platforms).
- Must have a well-developed sense of how to create digital content that is compelling, sharable, visual, and impactful.
*Typical hiring range is $70,000 - $80,000, commensurate with experience.