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Illinois Newsroom Health & Environment Beat Reporter

Job Title:                    Illinois Newsroom Health & Environment Beat Reporter 

Department:              WVIK Quad Cities NPR                                   

Prepared Date:          11/08/2017

Status:                       Exempt (salaried), Full-time - 12 Months, 1.0 FTE

Reports To:                WVIK News Director


WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, and Tri States Public Radio are seeking a Health and Environment Beat reporter, reporting on local, regional and state issues relating to health and environment and working on food agriculture issues with Harvest Public Media.  This position is part of the Illinois Newsroom, a new Regional Journalism Collaboration ("RJC") that is a joint effort between six station partners -- including WVIK, Tri States Public Radio,  WILL, WTVP, WSIU, and WUIS -- the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative reporting at the University of Illinois College of Media.  The Illinois Newsroom will create in-depth content around three interconnected areas of relevance to the people of downstate Illinois: 1.) Political Impact 2.) Education and 3.) Health and Environment. This reporter will also be a part of the Harvest Public Media team, covering our food system from central Illinois for a network of partners across the Midwest. 

This position will be split 50% with WVIK and Tri States Public Radio, and 50% reporting for Harvest Public Media. Duties include the production of news reports for a variety of media platforms, primarily radio.  Assignments come from the Executive Editor of Illinois Newsroom and the Editor of Harvest Public Media. This position is grant subsidized for two years. Continuation is dependent on subsequent funding.

Primary Duties:

  1. Research, interview, and report NPR-quality features as assigned for Illinois Regional Journalism Consortium and Harvest Public Media on deadline.
  2. Assures stories are relevant and understandable to the community while being balanced, evidence-based and accurate.
  3. Creative approach to delivering content in an accessible, storytelling style.
  4. Produce stories with a statewide target audience. Trained to ascertain truth with attention to detail.
  5. Build knowledge of assigned beat in order to produce content with the highest level of credibility and serve as an expert on beat in Illinois for media across the state.
  6. Develop an on-air personality and credibility.
  7. Responsible for developing, editing and crafting digital story posts on website, social media, podcasts, and other channels. Develops necessary graphics to support postings.
  8. Complete appropriate reports and other duties as assigned.
  9. Enthusiastically participate in station fundraising and engagement activities and adapt to new work situations, people, ideas, procedures, and organizational structures, in order to accommodate an evolving work environment.
  10. Other duties as assigned.

 Skills & Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a newsroom environment, including multimedia news content training and experience.
  • Working knowledge of quality NPR-style journalism, including ethics and standards.
  • Knowledge of relevant FCC rules and regulations.
  • Ability of effectively communicate to a radio audience through writing, and production.
  • On-Air experience.
  • Working knowledge of audio editing for broadcast. Experienced in producing or editing digital media.
  • Working knowledge of digital audio and video editing.
  • Experience with website production processes and tools.  Core Publisher skills a plus. Willingness to expand technology skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office, including Word and Excel.  
  • Ability to maintain current working knowledge of regional news and culture.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a team orientation and ability to work independently. 
  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to travel throughout the region and work flexible hours when necessary.
  • Good working knowledge of Adobe Audition, AudioVault, and Wireready.  Also Core Publisher and Composer 2.  

Education: Bachelor's degree in journalism or related field. 

Supervisory Responsibility:  This position does not have direct reports.

Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, fax machines and filing cabinets.

Physical Demands: Must be able to lift 25 pounds on a frequent basis.  Also required is the ability to listen, hear, speak, read, climb stairs, bend, stoop, and stand for intermittently long periods of time.  Must be able to use a computer to accomplish a variety of job tasks.  Must be able to speak clearly in the English language. 

Expected hours of work: 40  hours a week

Travel: Significant travel is expected for this position.  Must possess or be able to acquire a valid driver's license and personal vehicle.  

EEO Statement: Augustana is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is Augustana College's policy to provide equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  

Note: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities are subject to change at any time with or without notice. 

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter including salary requirements, resume and audio submission to no later than December 1st, 2017.  All candidates are subject to a criminal background check.