Reporter, Diverse Communities
PostedMay 17, 2022
California’s San Joaquin Valley is a region abundant in agriculture and rich in ethnic diversity; in the city of Fresno alone, morethan 85 languages are spoken. These communities are home to fascinating people and stories, as well as many challenges and inequities. KVPR is looking for a tenacious reporter to cover these communities, from rural towns to large cities in our broadcast area in and around Fresno. The position involves reporting, writing and assembling daily and feature-length news content for broadcast on KVPR’s broadcast and digital platforms.
This position will also have the reporter working with other local news outlets, as part of the Central Valley News Collaborative, a joint project of KVPR, The Fresno Bee, Radio Bilingüe, and Vida en el Valle. The reporter will have the opportunity to broadcast and discuss their stories on the radio in English and Spanish, ensuring the reporting reaches the Valley's diverse audiences. In its first year, the collaboration dug into how the Valley's Latinx communities were disproportionately burdened by COVID-19.
The ideal candidate is a gifted journalist and Spanish speaker with excellent storytelling and writing skills, solid news judgment and a knack for cultivating sources in the Valley's urban centers and its rural communities. This beat may overlap with politics, education and even general assignment reporting, so flexibility is paramount.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Report, write, edit and assemble original content for the station’s broadcast and digital platforms, including both daily coverage, feature-length coverage, podcast and other digital content
- Contribute to the station’s work with the Central Valley News Collaborative across platforms and outlets
- Tell sound-rich stories in compelling and creative ways with diverse sources.
- Share station journalism on a variety of platforms and settings including the web, social media, and at station events
- Meet deadlines and work creatively and under pressure with a small but ambitious newsroom
- Participate in on-air fundraising and other station activities and events
- Work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
- Other duties as assigned
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
- Superior writing and communication skills
- Digital audio recording and editing skills
- Proficiency with Word, Excel and social media platforms
- Must be able to write, edit and produce content consistent with the NPR style
- A passion for public media news values
- Journalism / broadcast production experience preferred
- Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred
- College degree, preferably in journalism, communications or a related field
Must have a valid California driver’s license and reliable transportation. This position will be based at KVPR’s broadcast center, located at 2589 Alluvial Ave, Clovis, CA 93611
KVPR is the NPR station for more than 2 million residents in Central California. KVPR operates broadcast stations in Fresno and Bakersfield, as well as KVPR.org, the KVPR app and KVPR Classical. KVPR serves a seven-county region of inland California stretching from Los Angeles County in the south to Yosemite National Park in the north. The region is known worldwide for its agricultural output, and includes vast rural areas as well California’s fifth and ninth largest cities (Fresno and Bakersfield respectively). The station’s newsroom currently has 5 FTE positions. KVPR is a partner in the Central Valley News Collaborative with The Fresno Bee, Radio Bilingüe and Vida en el Valle. KVPR is also one of six NPR stations participating in the “1A Remaking America” initiative with WAMU/NPR’s flagship talk show 1A. In the past three years, KVPR has won seven Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and over a dozen Golden Mike Awards. KVPR operates a state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot broadcast center that opened in 2016 in Clovis, California, near the base of the Central Sierra Nevada, minutes away from Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The station is operated by White Ash Broadcasting, Inc and is a community licensee.
HOW TO APPLY:
Send resume, three references, a cover letter and a link to three work samples to email@example.com. In your cover letter, please include these three elements: Choose a KVPR story from the past year and describe in 150 words or less how you would tell it differently; tell us about a favorite radio/podcast program and why it works in less than 150 words; after familiarizing yourself with the San Joaquin Valley, pitch a story idea that KVPR hasn’t covered and describe how you would tell the story. You may address the cover letter to our news director, Alice Daniel.
White Ash Broadcasting, Inc (dba KVPR | Valley Public Radio) is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce, and an inclusive vision of public media’s future. The station provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees for jobs, skills, training and promotions regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.
It will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who are qualified individuals with a disability as defined by law. Should you require assistance due to a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for your application process, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 559-862-2481.