Job Description: Reporter

This is a generic job description for a public media news reporter:


The News Reporter works under the supervision of the News Director. The Reporter specializes in covering a news beat and producing high value journalistic content for publication on radio and digital platforms, including daily news reports, in-depth feature reports and special reports as assigned. The Reporter may be asked to anchor newscasts, host programs, help edit others, appear as a program guest, and help during station fundraising activities.


Reporting/Anchoring: 85%

Selects and researches topics; contacts and interviews sources; maintains notes, recordings and files; manages social media presence for news gathering, news distribution and branding purposes; writes and edits reports; produces reports for on-air and/or digital platforms. Produces news as assigned by News Director. Reports stories in appropriate formats for distribution platforms. May be asked to anchor newscasts or host programs. Occasionally serves regional and national networks.

Planning: 10%

Maintains a beat specialty. Reads and follows major developments in specialty. Follows pertinent persons or publications and attends related events. Maintains contact lists, social media accounts and other data for on-going continuity of coverage and accumulation of knowledge. Proactively participates in the creative cycle of story and program origination with reporters, supervisor, producers and web staff.

Administration and Other: 5%

The Reporter attends meetings and is responsible for appropriate record keeping, correspondence, phone calls, supplies and equipment and other duties as assigned. Also will be called upon to participate in station membership campaigns and community-building events.


The Reporter adheres to deadlines and, in concert with appropriate staff, makes timely and effective decisions in situations requiring prompt attention. The Reporter works in close concert with other staff and under the supervision of the News Director, assisting in identifying, developing and creating programs that support overall mission.


A four-year degree or equivalent required. Minimum one year full-time professional, experience in journalism. Must have expertise in news-gathering, writing, editing and radio and web production for short-form and long-form reports. Ideally would have familiarity with public media news, data journalism, still and video photography. Possesses broad knowledge of local and regional issues — and/or depth of knowledge in beat specialty. Demonstrates ability to work within a live publishing environment. Displays knowledge and adherence to high ethical standards. Possesses effective communication and interpersonal skills. Skills required also include on-line research, word processing, digital editing, and operation of light office equipment. Additional preferred qualities include a track record of network story contributions, web experience and Spanish skills. Must have excellent memory for details, be able to meet daily deadlines under pressure and deal effectively with simultaneous tasks.