WESA Seeks Arts and Cultural Reporter

Nov 14, 2017

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Position Overview

The Arts and Culture beat encompasses the performing, visual, and fine arts, as well as public art, and applied arts including architecture and graphic design; crafts; film, digital media; literature; and other creative activities. Culture can be investigated through the lens of social interaction; it spans everything from sports and history to gender roles, traditions, communication, and food. The beat finds news value in the arts and culture by examining it contextually, analytically and historically. Its focus includes institutions and subjects both large and small – from the Carnegie Museums and Cultural District, to street artists, and local trend makers. The beat also works across the lines of other beats, including art education, the impact of development on artists, and how social justice and culture converge.

This full-time exempt position reports to the News Director.

Major Responsibilities

  • Research, report, write, and produce multimedia spot and feature stories for WESA on-air and digital platforms, at a rate that meets newsroom productivity goals

  • Consistently generate and pitch creative, thoughtful and original story ideas in multiple media, while accepting and willingly executing assignments from newsroom managers

  • Be skilled at mixing and editing one’s own audio reports, including in the field

  • Be skilled at writing crisp, clear news reports on deadline for web

  • Be willing and able to take still photos and video in the field

  • Use social media to break news, engage audiences and expand one’s source base

  • Be willing to work during off hours and weekends as needed

  • Make public appearances as opportunity arises to enhance WESA’s brand

  • Participate in on-air and online fundraising as needed

  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism-related field or equivalent experience / training

  • Two or more years of reporting in a professional broadcast newsroom environment with multimedia news content training and experience

  • Strong on-air and digital reporting, writing and technical skills

  • Ability to gather quality field audio, to edit and mix ably for use on air or digital platforms

  • Self-motivated team player with a track record of producing daily news stories and features of interest to local audiences

  • Sound and ethical judgment, with a commitment to objectivity, balance and fairness

  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment

  • Creativity and sound judgment in social media usage

  • Ability to travel throughout the region and work flexible hours when necessary, including reliable vehicle, current driver license, clean driving record, and adequate auto insurance

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation offers:

Salary commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package that includes medical insurance, paid medical leave, 403(b) plan with matching contributions, paid vacation and holidays and a workplace culture that is fun, diverse and innovative.

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter, resume, at least three samples of work relevant to this position, and three references to artsjob@wesa.fm. In your response, let us know how you heard about the position.

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.