Aspen Public Radio Seeks Reporter

Jun 4, 2019

Join a growing public media organization in one of the most awe-inspiring areas of the country - the heart of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains. We seek a sharp, curious, hard-working, team-oriented person who is excited by new media ideas, experimenting, and helping to grow an evolving organization that has deep community roots and a large audience. Our culture is friendly and familiar, but professional with high standards. The Roaring Fork Valley is a population that ranges from billionaires to middle-class to undocumented Central American immigrants. Two daily papers in our area offer a unique opportunity to Aspen Public Radio to focus on stories not being heard and deepening and contextualizing those in the public eye. Our area is unique and nuanced, with economic diversity, world-class recreation and an engaged public.

Who We Are Looking For:

Passionate about local news and audio and digital storytelling. Brings ideas about how radio/other distribution methods can be used to tell stories, through features, podcasts, online design and local programming. Cares deeply about connecting with the community in a way that continually improves our news coverage and public service. This means cultivating sources, communicating in a timely and respectful way, preparing for interviews by conducting in-depth research, and getting to know our region outside of press releases, government agendas and event calendars. Someone who can work on long-range stories, features and short news pieces simultaneously, help with editing, web and social media duties, and also to help during pledge drives and events. A team player who communicates consistently and clearly with colleagues and contributes to the newsroom.

Duties:

• Produce interviews and feature stories on a weekly basis, as well as required daily spot news

• Cultivate a wide pool of sources throughout the Roaring Fork Valley with the goal of creating thoughtful, meaningful, original content

• Produce unique, sound-rich feature stories on deadline

• Work with a team of colleagues to produce daily newscasts on a deadline

• Participate in trainings and workshops on a quest for constant improvement and growth

• Create meaningful digital content, including web posts for all stories, and consistent social media reporting

• Work with the news team and regional NPR editors on regular participation in nationalizing a regional story

• Ability to serve as a peer editor when needed

• Host special broadcasts as needed

• Ability to report breaking news and ongoing community safety stories

• Serve as one of the back-up hosts to drive time shifts featuring nationally-syndicated shows such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered

• Attend major donor and other station events, participate in on-air fund drives

• Report/produce non-daily news including special series, podcasts and projects

• Produce high-quality, accurate and ethical reporting

• Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

• At least one year of professional journalism experience and deep knowledge of the ethics and practices of journalism

• Experience working on audio (Audition or similar) and digital platforms

• Editing experience

• Deep understanding of the purpose and mission of public broadcasting

• Strong time management skills; ability to meet deadlines on a regular basis

• Excellent collaboration skills

Preferred Qualifications:

• On-air reporting experience

• Public radio experience

• Knowledge of Western Slope Colorado and issues of the West

• Demonstrated content collaboration experience

• Podcast/audio storytelling production experience

• Experience with editing both written scripts and audio drafts

• Experience with live radio

• A sense of humor always helps

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, references and an audio reporting example to jobs@aspenpublicradio.org with Reporter in the subject line. Application deadline is June 21st, 2019. No phone calls please.

This is a full-time salaried position reporting to the Managing Editor requiring availability for weekend, day, evening, and holiday shifts. Full-year residence in Aspen or downvalley communities. APR offers full-time staff benefits including employer-paid health insurance, 403(b) match and paid vacation. Ski pass financing, shared passes to world-class events such as the Aspen Film Festival, Aspen Institute Ideas Festival and Classical Music Festival are provided. Salary is based in the mid-$50k range. This position is based at our Aspen, CO studios. Aspen Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.

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