Reporter II, Marketplace (General Assignment) #271-18

American Public Media Los Angeles, CA
Position Summary:

Marketplace has an opening for a general assignment and breaking news reporter with strong digital skills.

The general assignment reporter will have two main jobs. For 30 days, he/she will file one or two stories daily for the next broadcast of the Marketplace Morning Report. During the following 30 days, he/she will report feature stories. Topics include but are not limited to: corporate news, consumer behavior, housing, the changing workforce, macroeconomic trends, financial markets. Digital skills and ideas are required. The ideal candidate is someone who has proven radio reporting abilities, and who has a passion for reporting business and financial news in Marketplace's explanatory and accessible style.

The successful candidate will bring solid contacts and an ability to offer an insightful take on the business news of the day, in sound-rich packages, live interviews, long-form articles, and timely digital posts. He/she will have mastered pitching original ideas in multiple formats across a variety of platforms. He/she needs to be able to produce content for digital platforms and ideally has a presence in social media.

This role will require a willingness and ability to work varied shifts, including those starting at 10 AM Pacific or later.

The Marketplace portfolio of broadcast and digital content is aimed at raising the economic intelligence of the country, helping explain a changing economic environment through the unorthodox story, a conversational approach, and a focus on distinctive angles on news. An ability to identify the key players and synthesize multiple strands of any story is essential. A Marketplace reporter should be able to write sharp, concise and accurate copy, for radio or digital, on very tight deadlines. Scripts and posts should illustrate trending ideas and analyze emerging patterns with smart interviews and innovative structures.

This posting has an application deadline of July 30, 2018 (10pm PST).

Position Responsibility:

* Pitch and report ideas for daily spots and digital elements on business and money for Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace.org for 6 months per year.

* Report and write approximately three sound rich features per month for Marketplace shows during the remaining six months of the year.

* Cover a variety of assignments and develop an area of expertise.

* Produce content for website with writing and photography (supplying additional audio, visual material, related Web resources).

* Deliver substantive reports quickly on varied subjects as shows need.

* Train to deliver live reports and host 2-ways.

* Consistently deliver stories with Marketplace's writing style and pace.

* Develop ideas/proposals for reports and programs, both by the reporter and by other reporters, hosts and commentators.

* Gather information and audio for reports and programs.

* Report special projects/series.

* Produce or assist in producing special programming, as assigned.

* Operate production and studio equipment and facilities.

* Assist other reporters, producers and editors with information.

* Maintain a wide variety of sources.

* Other duties as assigned, including meetings and other events.

Required Experience and Education:

* BA degree or equivalent work experience.

* Five or more years reporting or similar experience. Some experience at a national level preferred.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

* Ability to deliver consistently stories with program writing style and pace.

* Develop signature sound of voice and writing.

* Ability to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects.

* Ability to guide the work of an intern.

* Depth of knowledge and experience within a specialization are important but breath in terms of general industry knowledge is required.

* Pitch original ideas and turn them into stories.

* Superlative oral and written skills with ability to deliver originality in writing.

* Capacity to deliver quick turn-around reporting.

* Ability to develop stories with multiple interviews, scene changes and strong knowledge of subject matter.

* Finds unexpected angles in stories, even in saturated topics.

* Ability to handle broad variety of complex assignments.

* Ability to deliver top-quality stories.

* Ability to set fresh directions in stories - think outside the box.

* Knowledge of various process approaches and necessary resources for a given project/assignment.

* Demonstrated reporting and production skills.

* Ability to maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of balance and fairness.

* Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

* Skill in creative use of sound, writing and story telling.

* Ability to develop mastery of all recording and production equipment and techniques.

* Ability to manage multiple assignments of short and long duration.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

* Radio reporting experience

* National reporting experience

* Knowledge of specific industries

* Digital production expertise

Reporting To This Position: None

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

* Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation

* Physical Demands:

* Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time

* Required to move about in the community

* Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.

* Working Conditions:

* Moderate noise level

* Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions

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