Job Description Summary
Covers general news topics of importance, creates news stories, and creates web versions of broadcast stories and shares them on social media platforms. Creates in-depth radio features and special reports as assigned.
- Researches, writes, and creates news content for on-air broadcast and the web. Selects and researches topics; contacts and interviews sources; maintains notes and audio recordings.
- Reports stories in appropriate forms for broadcast.
- Contributes original news stories to regional and national networks, occasionally.
- Responsible for knowing, and/or being trained, on the operation of studio and field recording equipment and staying current on editing software used by the station.
- Anchors newscasts or hosts on-air programs, occasionally.
- Maintains contact lists and files for on-going continuity of coverage and accumulation of knowledge.
- Participates in the creative cycle of story and program origination with News Team.
- Responsible for appropriate record keeping, correspondence, phone calls, supplies and equipment and other duties as assigned.
- Participates in station membership campaigns and community-building events.
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and at least one year full-time professional, experience in journalism.
- Experience in news-gathering, writing, editing and radio and web production for short-form and long-form reports.
- Demonstrated ability to work within a live broadcast environment.
- Displays knowledge of and adherence to high ethical and audio/work standards.
- Possesses effective communication and interpersonal skills. Must have excellent grammar and spelling skills.
- Must have excellent memory for details, be able to meet daily deadlines under pressure and deal effectively with simultaneous tasks.
- Ability to travel, as required.
- Skills required also include on-line research, word processing, digital editing, basic photography and operation of light office equipment. Must show experience in posting information to a content management system for web site publishing and posting to social media sites.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, the internet, and other relevant software.
- Ability to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.
- Ability to present and display professional demeanor at all times.
- Ability to meet the requirements of the University’s automobile insurance, including valid driver license.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- A familiarity with public radio news programming.
- Possesses broad knowledge of local and regional issues — and/or depth of knowledge in beat specialty.
- A track record of network story contributions.
- Ability to learn quickly and be flexible.
- Ability to work well both independently and in a small group.
- Ability to lift light equipment (approximately 5-10 pounds).
** Cover letter required. More information and application instructions via Wake Forest University Staff Employment Opportunity site.